Georgia looks like it might have to change the lyrics to its Eurovision entry. Stephane and 3G won the Georgian qualifiers with a song called “We Don’t Wanna Put In”. The reference to Russia’s former president Putin is not hard to miss, particularly as the group pronounced it as, “We don’t wanna poot in” during the show. Given the war between Georgia and Russia some months back, this means the track will most likely be reviewed by the Eurovision organisation. The body is very clear in demanding songs avoid any political references or symbols.
Incidentally, the song also bears more than a passing resemblance to The Trammps “Disco Inferno” in the verse.
In 2007, Israel almost fell foul of the no-politics rule with a jokey song that could be construed as referring to Iranian bombs. A Ukrainian drag queen also caused a minor fuss with a song that seemed to say “Russia goodbye” the same year. It eventually went through but sank without trace on the night.