We Don't Wanna Put In

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Georgia (country) "We Don't Wanna Put In"
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 entry
Country Georgia
Artist(s) Stefane Mgebrishvili
Nini Badurashvili
Tako Gachechiladze
Kristine Imedadze
As Stephane & 3G
Language English
Composer(s) Stefane Mgebrishvili
Lyricist(s) Bibi Kvachadze
Finals performance
Final result Withdrawn
Appearance chronology
◄ "Peace Will Come" (2008)   
"Shine" (2010) ►

"We Don't Wanna Put In" is a 2009 song by Stephane & 3G and was to have been the Georgian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 held in Moscow, composed by Stefane Mgebrishvili and written by Bibi Kvachadze.[1][2][3]

The song caused controversy as it is seen to contain political references to Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin in the lyrics. "Put in" sounded alike with Putin. [4]

The words "put in" are sung with accented pronunciation as "poot een", which is how the Russian prime minister's name is pronounced.[4]

In the face of the pressure to make alterations to the lyrics from some of Russia's and Georgia's cultural and political figures (including Diana Gurtskaya, 2008 competitor from Georgia, and David Gamkrelidze,[5] leader of the New Rights Party of Georgia), the official Georgian Eurovision spokesman said on 20 February 2009 that the song would not be amended.[6]

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.[7] A spokesman for the EBU said, "No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted."[8]

Withdrawal of Georgia[edit]

On 11 March 2009, Georgia withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, refusing to change the song lyrics and alleging that the decision to ask Georgia to revise its entry came about as a result of pressure from Russia,[9] although no evidence of pressure being applied has been provided.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brey, Marco (2009-02-18). "Stephane & 3G to represent Georgia in Moscow". EBU. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ Marcus, Klier (2009-02-18). "Georgia: Stephane & 3G to Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ Fisher, Luke (2009-02-18). "Stephane & 3G wins Georgian national final; listen to the song". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  4. ^ a b "Georgians pull out of Eurovision over 'Put in' jab". Tbilisi: International Herald Tribune. 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  5. ^ Gazeta.ru
  6. ^ Lewis, Daniel (2009-02-19). "Грузинская сторона не будет менять текст "аморальной" песни для "Евровидения"". NEWSru. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  7. ^ "Eurovision organizers reject Georgia's 'Put In' lyrics". Moscow: RIA Novosti. 10 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-10. 
  8. ^ Eurovision axes 'anti-Putin' song
  9. ^ Georgia pulls out of Eurovision after controversial song is banned. The Daily Telegraph. 12 March, 2009
  10. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (12 March 2009). "Georgia's Eurovision entry exits over lyric". Moscow: Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-16. [dead link]

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