The European Broadcasting Union isn’t feeling the love for Heilsarmee. Earlier this evening it announced that the Swiss contestants for Eurovision 2013 must change their name—and their look—or withdraw from next May’s contest.
Heilsarmee violates the rule that expressly forbids groups and songs that carry a political message. More specifically, the group, which is made up of Salvation Army members and wears the Salvation Army uniform, is guilty of being connected so strongly with a group of Christians.
They have until tomorrow to accept the name and clothing change. If they decline, then runners-up Carrousel will fly the Swiss flag in Malmo. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, so perhaps today’s announcement was an act of Divine Intervention.
What do you think? Is this ridiculous? And what will they change into? Can pre-contest favourite Melissa loan them some sparklies?