While the running order of the Swiss national final has been revealed, Kaceo has released a new version of their song “Disque d’or” after the original lyrics ran afoul of the EBU’s rules. The song is a lively rant against — gasp! — sexy female pop stars, and originally included swear words, blasphemy, a brand name and sexual themes in the lyrics.
The original lyrics featured a smorgasbord of unsuitable words in two languages: the French chienne (bitch), pute (whore), cul (ass), nichon (boob), pipe (blowjob); the sexual phrases fute ouvert (pants open), cuisses ouvertes (thighs open), la bouche pleine (mouth open); that classic Anglo-Saxon word, f*ck; and a blasphemous mention of Jesus. The lyrics also included a reference to the adult website YouPorn — and as Valentina Monetta knows — brand names can’t be used in Eurovision song lyrics.
Oh my! One wonders how the version of the song with the original lyrics even made it to the Expert Check stage.
The official Eurovision rules are clear:
“No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs. No messages promoting any organization, institution, political cause or other, company, brand, products or services shall be allowed in the Shows and within any official ESC premises (i.e. at the venue, the Eurovision village, the Press Centre, etc.). A breach of this rule may result in disqualification.”
Kaceo originally didn’t qualify for the Swiss final. They found themselves with a place at Die Entscheidungsshow after finalist Stéphanie Palazzo was disqualified for having a song released prior to the 1 September deadline. The show producers would no doubt like to avoid having another disqualification.
The band have now released a “Platinum Edition” of the song with the cleaner lyrics. On their Facebook page, Kaceo joke that while the old version “can shock your uncle and aunt”, the new version is “ideal for the family dinner table”.
The new video also sees Kaceo with a sharp new look, rocking fine suits instead of the jeans, flannel shirts and string vests of their energetic Expert Check performance. They use the video to parody classic music video tropes, which nicely ties in with their national final cover of the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star”.
Kaceo and their new cleaner lyrics will join Bella C, Theo, Stanley Miller, Rykka and Vincent Gross at the Swiss national final Die Entscheidungsshow on 13 February.