Yesterday the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported that DMGP 2023 contestant Reiley and his song “Breaking My Heart” was in danger of being disqualified from this year’s competition, because the song had been performed at a concert in Seoul, South Korea back in October 2022.
At the Slow Life Festival the Faroese-Danish TikTok sensation performed the song with a different title and lyrics, and while the performance was after the cut-off point of 1 September 2022 in the EBU rules about Eurovision entries, it could be a breach of the rules DR set for participation in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix.
After reviewing the matter DR made this statement to Wiwibloggs:
The artist complies with the EBU’s guidelines for possible participation in Eurovision. As is clear from DR’s own guidelines, cases like this are a matter of assessment. Based on the given circumstances surrounding the single playing of the track at a concert in South Korea in October, DR does not consider that the artist has gained a competitive advantage in relation to a Danish audience and participation in DMGP.Erik Struve Hansen, Head of Show, DR
This means we will still see all eight announced entries in DMGP on 11 February, but what do you think? Is this the right decision from DR? Let us know in the comments below.