Friday, February 20, 2009
Georgia: The Put In song stays in headlines
The Georgian choice for their song in Moscow has made headlines all over the world. In Finland the story was picked up by TV-news and most newspapers. Today's Ilta-Sanomat has a comment by Dima Bilan's producer Jana Rudkovskaja who in an interview with Eho Moskvy radiostation demanded the song's disqualification "It is immoral and insult to our country. The song casts a shadow over the whole contest and it is not acceptable!" Even harder critic in Nashe Vremja newspaper: "Let's cancel the whole contest". In Iltalehti Georgian TV's producer Kakha Tsiskaridze admits the song does have a double meaning that most everyone in Europe surely understands: "As we decided to take part after all, we had to send a message to Europe and most of all, to Russia." As we remember Georgia already withdraw from the contest originally but was then brought back by EBU. Official Russia has not yet reacted to the song. Meanwhile online poll shows Finns don't know what to made of it. 51% is against any political messages or nyances in Eurovision while 49% thinks it's suitable venue for such things.