Stephane & 3G
|Stephane & 3G|
Eurovision and withdrawal
On 1 March 2008, Stephane & 3G participated in the Georgian national final to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The band came 4th with the song I'm Free losing out to eventual winner Diana Gurtskaya.
On 18 February 2009, Stephane & 3G participated again and won the Georgian national final, therefore the band were going to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia, with the song We Don't Wanna Put In. However on March 11, 2009, Georgia decided to withdraw from Eurovision 2009, stating that EBU had been pressured into wanting to change the lyrics by Russia. The EBU stated the song's lyrics breached their guidelines regarding political messages.
On 10 March 2009, the European Broadcasting Union ruled that the song lyrics "do not comply with Section 4 Rule 9 of the Rules of the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, and cannot take part in the competition as such", which meant that Georgia would have had to rewrite the song or choose another entry. A spokesman for the EBU said, "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted.
- 2009: We Don't Wanna Put In
- Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
- Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008
- Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009
- Brey, Marco (2009-02-18). "Stephane & 3G to represent Georgia in Moscow". EBU. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- "Eurovision axes 'anti-Putin' song". BBC News. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
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