Germany – After concerns were raised by Eurovision Ireland about two songs in the German final, one has apparently been changed. Eurovision Ireland had previously reported there were several similarities between Die Priester feat. Mojca Erdmann and their song “Ave Maris Stella“ and several religious songs from the 16th and 19th Centuries. According to Blog.prinze.de it has now been decided that Die Priester will now change their entry.
Eurovision Ireland had also pointed out to NDR, the German broadcaster, that Mobilee and their song “Little Sister” had also been available on YouTube well in advance of the cut off date for performance, Sept 1st. Blog.prinze.de has a report on this here. Apparently it has been decided that as the video had received very small numbers of views, no competitive advantage had been given to Mobilee and their entry. Is this fair that the rules can be waved for this act? The rules are there for a reason.
All of this comes as Switzerland are still deciding what to do about their representatives who must change their name as it would break the rules of promoting a commercial organisation, and on the back of a disqualification in Estonia.
It seems staggering that year after year songs are breaking the rules. Fans know what the rules are, so how can composers, singers and national broadcasters not know, and have these games every year?