Drama in Switzerland! Only days after being named one of the six qualifiers from the Expert Check audition, singer Stéphanie Palazzo has been disqualified from the Swiss national final, as her song “Perché mi guardi cosi” was published prior to the 1 September deadline.

Broadcaster SRF announced that “Perché mi guardi cosi” was ineligible for Eurovision 2016 as it had previously been published with a French title in 2013. The Eurovision rules explicitly state that songs for 2016 cannot have been published prior to 1 September 2015.

Taking Stéphanie’s place at Die Grosse Entscheidungsshow on 13 February will be the jury’s next pick from the French-Swiss broadcaster RTS’s candidates: Geneva band Kaceo and their song “Disque d’or”, an energetic rant against – gasp! – sexy female pop stars. *clutches pearls*

But Kaceo might also find themselves running afoul of the EBU’s regulations – the lyrics of “Disque d’or” contain the F-word and they mention a brand name – adult website YouPorn. Both swearing and brand names are not allowed in Eurovision songs, but Kaceo could always do a Valentina and change the lyrics.

Kaceo – “Disque d’or”

Was SRF right to disqualify Stéphanie Palazzo? Will Kaceo make a good replacement? Share your thoughts below.

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Sarah Boucher
4 years ago

GINA VON GLASOW’s “LEFT WITH AN IDIOT” should DQ’d Disque D’or because of swearing and brandig

Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
4 years ago

I think they did the right thing. She sang the song in Italian and sent it to the wrong broadcaster. Switzerland,if you are from one region of your country and want to send a song to Eurovision,you better send it to the right one.

Azaad
Azaad
4 years ago

Her’s was probably the best song in the Swiss final, so this is sad. Of course rules have to be followed.

It looks that the contest is between Rykka and Vincent, so this wasn’t hugely significant.

To be honest I wouldn’t be surprised if Switzerland end up last again.

HendrikT
HendrikT
4 years ago

Ugh, and the staging! Who whips one of their garments on the stage while lying down (I presume that this was meant to constitute anguish??)? Do they presume that they don’t need any sense of classiness in their presentation whatsoever?

HendrikT
HendrikT
4 years ago

While rules are rules, as some have already stated, and besides, in all frankness, nothing in ‘Perché mi guardi cosi’ sparks the desire for anyone to vote for it, the fact that RTS chose to replace Stéphanie’s ballad with Kaceo is almost tasteless. Not only does is the song drab and trying to jump on the Carousel bandwagon, but the lyrics are frankly disturbing. Looking deeper beyond the f-words and internet pornographical references, the lyrics contast vast amounts of sexual acts and sexual apperances, not to mention the sexual objectification of women (‘you want to thank…Jesus, but you can’t, your… Read more »

Rita
Rita
4 years ago

Wow! Stephanie Palazzo was my favorite for Switzerland for Eurovision 2016….but rules have to be followed to be fair so….none of my favorites have made it for Switzerland all except Bella C- Another World which is now my favorite to go to Stockholm. Switzerland I predict will have to really fight for a place in the finals this year with these selections so…

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

a misogynistic Trojan horse entry may round up the bear belly beltway in Switzerland, but won’t change the front runner favorites (Rykka & Vincent Gross) because the days of ridiculing the system from within the system are long gone.

Hippo
Hippo
4 years ago

Rubish song anyway, Didn’t notice any of the language in disque d’or anyway so editing won’t be an issue.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

YESSS. Finally a super creative song makes it to the Swiss final again.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

Wow I didn’t really mind kaceo, so this isn’t bad imo unless they decide to do… whatever they did at the end of the song in the national final.
although I agree with hannes, stephanie sandoz was killer and her music video was great

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

I have no words to describe how happy I am, the 5th in my top 6 of the finalists switch with my 3rd in whole Expert check. My top 6 now:
1. Kaceo
2. Bella C
3. Theo
4. Rykka
5. Vincent Gross
6. Stanley Miller

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??
4 years ago

Stupid not reading the rules by the once who entered. Stupid not questioning about the rules explicitly by the broadcaster Now Bella C has a bigger chance, as she was in fishing in the same pond as the dsq song. Good Loic did not get the replacement wc, as that would have been a threath to the other guy with guitar, Vincent Gross. Kaceo won’t be a treath to anybody and I don’t see them winning. So now competition is more open, from one clear winner we now have three possible winners in my humble opinion: Vincent Gross, Bella C… Read more »

Mario = Legend
Mario = Legend
4 years ago

She said like 20 time she had translated it from same song in French. Not her fault. False hope.

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

Stéphanie was dead boring, so I got that going for me, although Kaceo’s song on the other hand is too much of a mess for me. But at least it will bring something “powerful” to the NF. Don’t think they’ll win, though.

But shouldn’t broadcasters look into a song’s history on an earlier occasion?

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

The F-word is one of the ugliest words ever!!!

Silly Liam
Silly Liam
4 years ago

Why they didn’t chose Maika with “The Reason”?! Sorry, but KACEO is bullshit. This proves, that the juries and the swiss television have a really bad taste in music!!!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

And last month we were debating whether Vasilije was going to win or get disqualified himself. This came out of nowhere.

She came out of the RTS selection, no? That means they must select another RTS entry to replace her. I would rather they go with Sandoz. Kaceo’s song (and video), though amusing, reminds me of Aarzemnieki’s, among a few others.

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

I like Kaceo! It’s fun and brings character to modern eurovision which is too boring and serious, though i doubt it’d qualify due to the juries

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

Let people choose who they want! A wildcard kinda?

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

It is quite unbelievable that those connected with the song did not understand the rules? (Just like the 2 revealed in the UK yesterday!!) Good to see SRF sticking to the rules though. Kaceo? Oh dear!! Personally I don’t think either had/has a chance of winning in February. Unfortunately the better songs are in SRF group.

James
James
4 years ago

Out of the last ones they could have chosen, I would have preferred Loic – the song was good, although his live presentation was pretty dismal.
Gina Von Glasow’s song was really awful, and Stephanie “Flashback” was dated 70s disco that would never have qualified and also was really poorly performed, the dance routine almost made it a comedy entry.
I’d have put Loic through just to give him another chance as he may have been sick/tired but really it was a weak selection, and the other broadcasters had much better songs.

Stephanie
4 years ago

Rules are rules. That being said, the replacement song by Kaceo is really bad and I can’t see it doing well at all

James
James
4 years ago

They cant choose Elephant or No Boundaries as they were not in the French broadcasters selection process. Would have much preferred one of those but they have to pick the next placed one in their own selection. These guys have energy which will help what was looking to be a very sleepy final.

MalteseTimpana
MalteseTimpana
4 years ago

I don’t think she was gonna win anyway so

Daniel
Daniel
4 years ago

I can understand the disqualification and that they neec a replacement…but seriously?? Kaceo?!

James
James
4 years ago

oh my! well they will stand out as being different to the others now with so many low key soloists. i am sure they will just change the lyrics for eurovision..the f word doesnt bother the ebu as long as its promised not to say it on stage( a la Iceland 2006) and its easy to just change a couple words.

Hannes
Hannes
4 years ago

Why not Stéphanie Sandoz?! She was the queen of the Swiss preselection! :'(

Rayan
Rayan
4 years ago

Elephants please or boundaries…