The European Broadcasting Union has disqualified Valentina Monetta’s Eurovision entry “Facebook, Uh, Oh, Oh.” According to officials, the song breaches rules that forbid songs with commercial messages. The EBU made the announcement on their web site earlier this evening.
The song, which tells the story of a girl addicted to Facebook, refers to the social networking site eleven times. An EBU reference group concluded that the repetition of the Facebook name amounted to a violation of rule 1.2.2.g., which reads as follows:
The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC as such or the EBU into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs. No commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed. A breach of this rule may result in disqualification.
This may be a blessing in disguise. Eurovision fans dropped their jaws in unison when San Marino presented the video last night. Officials at Eurovision have now given San Marino’s state broadcaster SMRTV four days to re-write the lyrics, or deliver a new song. Perhaps a fresh start will give San Marino a fresh chance at making the final.