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A song contest with political intrigues

13.03.2009  |  09:27

9/6/5/1965.jpegGeorgia drops out of Eurovision contest following a request to change the lyrics of the notorious song "We Don't Wanna Put In". It was reported by Natia Uznadze, the project manager of the contest in Georgia on March 10.


This is how a guess of Diana Gurtskaya, a singer, was confirmed. In an interview with Interfax she said she had authentic information that Georgian band "Stephane & 3G" was not going to modify the lyrics and "will simply not come to the Russian capital". The situation around the song is just an attempt to find a reason for refusal. As the singer says the Georgian side allegedly doubts that the band will have sufficient security in Moscow. However in the opinion of Gurtskaya herself "the only thing that might threaten the Georgian quartet in Moscow is a fiasco on the scene".

It looks like the representatives of Georgia have nothing to boast of but a provocative song at Eurovision. It is not surprising: for a long time Tbilisi were boycotting their participation in the contest refusing to send their singers to Russia that "forced" Georgia to peace in August. However the decision to take part in the contest was eventually made but according to the song lyrics it was meant to be a protest performance.

These plans never materialized. On Tuesday according to VZGLYAD newspaper Eurovision song contest control group in Geneva examined the request from Russia and informed the Georgian side about necessity to either change the lyrics or select a new song. "No political or similar texts, performances of other actions are allowed at the time of the contest", - Eurovision rules stipulate.

Well, it seems Georgia has its own rules. Tbilisi simply decided to neglect the requirement of the contest control group. As Diana Gurtskaya told Rosbalt a day after the qualification the singers of the Georgian band wrote a new variant of the song but the jury stood its ground deciding not to modify the lyrics. "It was more important for the jury to create a hot situation instead of choosing the artistically best performer", - Gurtskaya summed up.

This is how Tbilisi is trying to turn a song contest into a political competition, the scene - into a tribune or a battlefield. However losing the opportunity to take part in the contest is not Georgia's victory at all.

The opposite situation at Eurovision is with the representative of Russia. Most votes in the qualification were granted for Ukrainian singer Anastasya Prikhodko who found herself in the list of candidates at the last moment. She will perform "Mamo" song which by the way is the result of Georgian-Estonian creative cooperation: the music was composed by Konstantin Meladze and lyrics - by Estonian poetess Diana Golde. Prikhodko's victory shows the tolerance and respect for closest neighbors that Tbilisi apparently lacks.

Though for many Georgians and for Konstantin Meladze in particular, political controversy between Tbilisi and Moscow remains purely political. "I can say whom "Mamo" song performer and the authors of the song represent: we all were born in one big country, in the Soviet Union", - the composer remarked in his interview with Trud newspaper. - The fact that Russia voted for us means we are still a family".

Artem Gorbunov


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