Face time or FaceTime? The Eurovision Reference Group has ruled that the lyrics to Dami Im’s song “Sound of Silence” are only referring to a “face time” meeting and not the Apple video messaging service FaceTime. This means Australia’s entry for Stockholm is not deemed to be in breach of the rule that prohibits brand names featuring in song lyrics.
When “Sound of Silence” was first released, fans noticed that the opening lyrics seems to refer to Apple’s popular video messaging app. Dami sings:
Growing tired and weary brown eyes
Trying to feel your love through face time
The lyrics tell the story of a woman whose busy life keeps her from her lover. But did the lyric refer to FaceTime (keeping in touch via video chat) or face time (a scheduled face-to-face meeting)?
Fans noted that FaceTime made more sense in the context of the lyrics, but the Eurovision Reference Group has now ruled that as the official lyrics present ‘face time’ as the lowercase, non-trademarked term, it does not breach the rules.
An EBU spokesperson told the BBC, “The lyrics of the Australian song are presented as two separate words, ‘face time’ and not FaceTime which is an Apple trademark. The Merriam-Webster dictionary refers to ‘face time’ as ‘time spent meeting with someone’… so in this case the song lyrics have been cleared.”
The drama hasn’t hurt Australia’s odds with the bookies. Dami Im is still the third most likely act to win, now with even an higher chance of winning than Sweden. Dami has also recently announced a 34-date Australian tour to promote her new album, Classic Carpenters.