San Marino: EBU puts the kibosh on “Facebook”
When San Marino unveiled their Ralph Siegel-composed entry for Eurovision 2012 this week, there was an almost immediate reaction to the song, “Facebook (Uh Oh Oh)”. One of the many points of discussion was the fact that the song overtly referenced a business, which seemed to break the rules of the Contest. Well, as expected, the EBU sat up and took notice of San Marino’s entry and its references to Facebook (which is banned by the rules and regulations of the Contest), and have put out the following statement:
“”The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC as such or the EBU into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs. No commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed. A breach of this rule may result in disqualification.” says the point 1.2.2.g of the Rules of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Reference Group concluded that due to the title and repetitive presence of the trademark ‘Facebook’, the song contains a commercial message and is therefor not eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.”
Hope is not lost for San Marino’s participation in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, however. They have until Thursday, March 22, to either come up with a new set of appropriate lyrics or an entirely new song . It still remains to be seen what the nation will decide to do, but we’ll find out soon!