songs: an overview

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The disqualification of the Romanian Ovidiu Anton and his Moment of Silence came just three weeks before the final of the Eurovision song contest. However, it is not the first time that in the Nick is killed in another country and Eurovision Song competition. An overview of previous cases in which a country could not participate.

1974: France

In 1974 the French would be represented in the Eurovision song contest in Brighton by singer Dani and her song La vie à 25 ans. But the then French president Georges Pompidou threw a spanner in the works, by only four days before the Eurovision final unexpectedly die. The French broadcaster did not consider it more appropriate to in days of mourning to take part in a song festival, and left Dani early return to her homeland.


1976: Malta

In 1976 had the island Malta Enzo Gusman with Sing Your Song selected, but in the end he was allowed his song still not sing on the song festival in the Hague. The reason why was never published until 1991, and Malta would return to the contest.


1979: Turkey

After the Israeli Eurovision win in 1978 was the long time whether Turkey as a Muslim country would take part to an edition that would be held from the predominantly Jewish Israel. The broadcaster decided to take part anyway, and the national final was won by singer Maria Rita Epik and the Group of 21. Peron with their song Seviyorum. The surrounding Arab countries, which have a much poorer than the secular bond with Israel had put so much pressure on Turkey, reasonably the country to withdraw, that in the Nick was still apart from participation.


1982 & 1986: Greece

On four years time, the Greeks themselves twice in the Nick back. Just a few weeks before the competition took place in 1982, and due to an unknown reason, in 1986 because the date of the contest clashte with those of a local religious holiday. In both years were artist and song, however, already chosen when still it was decided to send a Greek cat. Themis Adamantidis and Polina saw so a Eurovision participation in their noses passing, and the European viewers never made knowledge with Sarantapente kopelies and Wagon lit.


1988: Cyprus

After the two withdrawals of Greece could not lag behind island of Cyprus. The local preliminary round in 1988 was won by Yiannis Demetriou and the song Thimame, and initially there was no problem. Cyprus was drawn to act as second in the Eurovision song contest in Dublin, and the song appeared on the unofficial compilation CDs that were printed in Scandinavian countries. Only a few weeks before the final came to light that already third Thimame had ended in the Cypriot for tour of 1984, making the country undertake forced to retreat.


2005: Lebanon

Lebanon would in 2005 for the first time participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. The French-Lebanese singer Aline Lahoud was internally referred to the country to represent with the French-speaking song Quant tout s’enfuit. When the EBU was informed of the intention of the Lebanese Broadcasting to Israel not to broadcast any submission from enemy and replace it with advertising, Lebanon prompt was disqualified and banned for three years to take part in the Eurovision song contest. Since then, the country has never tried to participate.


2009: Georgia

In 2009 the Georgians remained in extremis at home because of political reasons: the local Eurovision heat was won by the Group 3 g (photo) and their song entitled We Don’t Wanna Put In, a not too subtle reference to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his aggressive military policy in the Georgian South Ossetia in the summer of 2008. The EBU had required that broadcasting GPB or the selected text changed or a different number, on which the GPB decided to stay home.


2016: Romania

And the latest case is known. The Romanian broadcaster TVR has a huge pile of debt built up over the past decade at the EBU, which has now decided it that will had been. The TVR is now deleted as active EBU Member, and thus banned from the Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster may broadcast the contest even more. Singer Ovidiu Anton comes as sitting in the same boat as Dani, Enzo and the others, and should not participate, despite that his song was already chosen.