San Marino: Thursday Set for New Song PresentationWritten by Marc Calleja Bayliss
The Eurovision Song Contest is defined each and every year through a particular set of songs which stand out either for being of extremely high or terribly low quality but then again, there is a story of controversy each time as well and this time round, this came from San Marino, the small micro-state who presented a local singer by the name of Valentina Monetta with a song entitled 'Facebook Uh Oh Oh' composed by the well known Ralph Siegel known for being the brains behind the 1982 winning song 'Ein Bischen Frieden' and lyrics by Jose Rodriguez and Timothy Touchton. Unfortunately, the song has had to be either replaced or edited extensively because it had a subliminal message through a product placement by the mention of the word 'Facebook' which refers to the social network giant.
The European Broadcasting Union made this announcement over the weekend but gave San Marino the chance to do the respective alterations until Friday at noon when then they would have to submit a preview video and a final version of the track along with respective lyrics in the languages they desire. This is quite the task noting that there seems to have been a lot of effort made on the first song. The broadcaster seems to be quite disappointed with the decision of the Reference Group in the European Broadcasting Union saying that the track was a 'satirical song' to begin with but nevertheless, the decision stands and it seems that they have gone onto a new song, due to the posting of a banner saying 'Giovedi alle 22:00 la nuova canzone' which refers to 'New Song to be presented on Thursday at 22:00 CET'. Stay tuned to www.escflashmalta.com for more news about the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.