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Israeli Song Not Eurovision’s Cup Of Tea?

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Israeli Song Not Eurovision’s Cup Of Tea?

Published on March 06, 2007 with 2 Comments

TeapacksIsrael’s controversial Eurovision entry may be disqualified from the song contest due to the political nature of its lyrics. Push The Button, by the offbeat rap band Teapacks, swept to victory in the country’s national final last week.

The song is said to be a response to Iran’s nuclear ambitions and its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has previously called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. However, the rules of the contest state that “no lyrics, speeches or gestures of a political nature shall be permitted,” and that “a breach of this rule may result in disaqualification.

A spokesperson for the European Broadcasting Union added, “It’s absolutely clear that this kind of message is not appropriate for the competition.” The matter will be discussed at a meeting of EBU chiefs later this week.

Meanwhile, the band have been quick to defend their song.

Lead singer Kobi Oz told “I know this song is not political. Some may think it refers to Israeli leaders, some may think it talks about other countries’ leaders. We are not taking sides. The message we wish to convey is that we all want to live, smell the flowers bloom and have fun.”

The band are due to take part in the contest semi-final in the Finnish capital Helsinki on May 10.


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  1. “I know the song is not political…” Then what is it? Rules are rules, so tough luck if they don’t make it. Why does Israel bother with EUROvision, anyway?

  2. Israel has always tried to push the envelope in the
    Eurovision Song Festival. If the song has political
    overtones then it should be banned. The Eurovision
    Festival celebrates the unity in spirit and song of the
    European nations…Israel cannot be mad if and when its
    2007 song is banned because in 1998 Dana International
    won with “Diva” without anyone complaining about her
    being a trans-sexual singer. “Push the Button” should be
    banned. And by the way vote for Spain’s Nash “I Love You
    Mi Vida”.

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