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”
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