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Georgia’s “shine” for Eurovision2010-03-01 23:25
Georgia is getting ready to take part in Eurovision 2010 song contest in Oslo with Sofo Nizharadze's "Shine" to represent the country in Oslo. Judging by the name the song has no political connotation like a year ago. Does that mean Tbilisi focuses on the music component of the contest?
It was three years ago that Georgia started to perform at Eurovision with Sofo Khalvashi ranking 12th. A year later Tbilisi commissioned Diana Gurtskaya to the contest.
Georgia's appearance at Eurovision final in Moscow last year turned into a real political scandal. The country refused to submit its singers to the capital of Russia after the contest's control group considered Russia's request calling the Georgian side to change the title of provocative We Don't Wanna Put In by Stephane and 3G or present a new song instead. As we know, no texts, performances or actions associated with politics are admitted to the contest as explicitly stated in Eurovision rules.
Evidently Georgia had its own rules and probably a prearranged scenario of a new politically colored show. Giorgy Chanturia, producer general at Georgian Public Broadcaster openly told about Russia's political pressure on the contest board while the song has no political statements (the audience hears We Don't Wanna Putin as a refrain - A.G.).
Basically Tbilisi simply refused to comply with the requirement of the control group. A day after the qualification Georgian performers presented a new version of the song but the board decided to be firm and banned text modification. "It was more important for the board to create tension, not select the best performer in terms of art", - Diana Gurtskaya told.
Besides, later there was information on Alter/Vision musical festival taking place concurrently with Eurovision. The Georgian event mottoed "Music Breaks Free" grew into another scandal with a clash between festival visitors and police at the hippodrome in Tbilisi resulting in several dozens of casualties.
On the whole Tbilisi tried to turn last year's song contest into a political show with the stage as a tribune or even a battlefield. However losing a chance to participate didn't bring victory to Georgia.