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Eurovision axes ‘anti-Putin’ song


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– Eurovision axes ‘anti-Putin’ song
– Netherlands Eurovision entry to Shine on Friday
– Bulgaria’s Eurovision Performer Hurt by Criticism
– The world’s news in brief

Eurovision axes ‘anti-Putin’ song
BBC News
The disco-funk song We Don’t Wanna Put In appears to poke fun at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. However it is against the competition’s rules to allow political content in entries. A contest spokesman said: “No lyrics speeches gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted. The event which is being held in the Russian capital in May is taking place less than a year after Russia and Georgia went to war over the region of South ssetia.
Related from Managementmonster: Russians protest Putin’s management of crisis

Netherlands Eurovision entry to Shine on Friday
esctoday.com
The Toppers performed six songs during a grand celebration of all things Eurovision and the final version of the song is now ready for Moscow. It will be revealed this Friday 13th March. The New Wave remix of the song will be the official Eurovision Song Contest version with the full title of the Shine 'New Wave Eurovision 2009 Mix'. There is also a unique extended version that has been produced for the dance club scene across Europe and that is now available to listen to on youtube.

Bulgaria’s Eurovision Performer Hurt by Criticism
Novinite.com
I apologize for the pain to everybody who has been affected together with me" Avramov said. ‘ This is a terrible indictment of Bulgarian society and its music industry in particular. Why should they use such mafia tactics against this guy? Jealousy? Bitterness? Revenge? Really the so-called "musicians" of Bulgaria should stop acting like village feudals and leave this man and his relatives alone!.

The world’s news in brief
Irish Times
The investigation into an ultranationalist group known as Ergenekon has rattled financial markets and increased tensions between the government and secularists in the EU- candidate country. Eighty-six people including retired senior officers are already on trial for links to Ergenekon. – (Reuters) Georgia Eurovision entry banned GENEVA – Georgia’s entry for this year’s Eurovision song contest was banned by organisers yesterday because its lyrics seem to poke fun at Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. Moscow will host the event on May 16th less than a year after Georgia and Russia went to war over two breakaway regions supported by Moscow. The Georgian group Stephane and 3G wanted to sing We Don’t Wanna Put In. But the European Broadcasting Union which organises the event said: “No lyrics speeches gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the Eurovision song contest. ” – (AP) This article appears in the print edition of the Irish TimesADVERTISEMENT.

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