Less than ten hours after Suspilne revealed him as one of the eight acts for Vidbir 2022, LAUD was disqualified from the Ukrainian Eurovision selection. In an interview to Ukrainian newspaper KP, broadcaster Suspilne has now explained their decision to disqualify his bid.
LAUD intended to sing “Head Under Water” at Vidbir 2022. However, Eurovision fans discovered that the song’s Dutch composer Daniël Boting had uploaded the track before 1 September.
In 2018, Boting published an acoustic live version of the song on YouTube, where only a few hundred people watched the video in between the time of uploading and the Vidbir 2022 press conference.
In the interview to KP, Suspilne acknowledged that they did not know of the song’s 2018 upload. During the submission period, LAUD only submitted “Head Under Water”. This made it impossible for the broadcaster to allow him to participate with another entry. Instead, the broadcaster took the decision to let another contestant, Barleben, join the line-up and to remove LAUD from the list.
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Suspilne claims the EBU’s 1 September rule changed for Eurovision 2022
In the KP interview, the Ukrainian public broadcaster also made an interesting comment towards the so-called “1 September rule”. This rule forbade contest entries to be commercially released prior to 1 September of the previous year. Suspilne claims the rule was modernised prior to Eurovision 2022. A representative of the broadcaster said:
“With regards to the international rules, where previously there were limitations on early commercial releases…from 2022 onwards, that condition also changed: the understandings of a commercial release changed, so that the emphasis is no longer put on precisely the commercial release component, but it forbids any publication of a song before 1 September 2021. (…)”
In the past, the EBU held to a strict 1 September, or previously 1 October, date, which did effectively forbid entries to take part in the contest. The Eurovision organisers relaxed that rule in the past decade. In recent years, several Eurovision songs were allowed to participate in the contest although they had been published before September.
Non-commercial releases that had received very limited exposure online were still allowed to take part. If we are to believe Suspilne’s statements, that has now all changed.
What do you think about this alleged change? Do you think it is a good development? Let us know in the comments down below!