EBU -The Danish national broadcaster DR has asked the EBU (see pic for new logo) to review their tough rules for the date Eurovision songs may be published. The current EBU rules state that a song that participates in the Eurovision Song Contest can not have been published or performed publicly before September 1 of the preceding year.
This year one of the songs in the Danish final, Nowhere by Tine Lyngaard had to be disqualified before the show, as the song had been available on YouTube and Facebook in July 2011. DR has now changed its own rules and now will only disqualify songs if they have gained an unfair advantage from being published earlier. As that prevents such a song to be disqualified from Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, it would still not be able to take part in Eurovision should it win the Danish selection.
That is probably why DR has called on the EBU to change their rules as well and apparently fell on sympathetic ears: “We don’t believe EBU’s rules are up to date. Nowadays songwriters often exchange demo-versions of their songs online. They have listened to us, but it is too late to change for 2013, so they probably won’t be able to change the rules before 2014“, says DR’s entertainment boss Jan Lagermand Lundme.
Source= eurovisionary.com, DR.dk
Image = EBU
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