EBU: San Marino song lyrics in breach of Rules

EBU: San Marino song lyrics in breach of Rules
Valentina Monetta is the performer of the song. Photo: Claude Langlois
Baku, Azerbaijan -

On Saturday 17th of March, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest evaluated the San Marino entry Facebook, Uh, Oh, Oh. It was concluded that the entry is in breach of rule 1.2.2.g of the contest.

"The lyrics and/or performance of the songs shall not bring the Shows, the ESC as such or the EBU into disrepute. No lyrics, speeches, gestures of a political or similar nature shall be permitted during the ESC. No swearing or other unacceptable language shall be allowed in the lyrics or in the performances of the songs. No commercial messages of any kind shall be allowed. A breach of this rule may result in disqualification." says the point 1.2.2.g of the Rules of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.

The Reference Group concluded that due to the title and repetitive presence of the trademark 'Facebook', the song contains a commercial message and is therefore not eligible to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest.

In support of SMRTV's participation, it was decided to give the broadcaster the opportunity to either deliver a new version of the lyrics that does not include a reference to Facebook, or to deliver a new song. The deadline set for the delivery of new lyrics and/or song was set to Friday, 23rd of March at 12:00 CET.


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  • Posted on 5/May 2012 at 19:46
    How did it take them 2 days to work that out? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4/May 2012 at 11:45
    really don´t like the song, and she is diffently NOT my cup of tea. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/March 2012 at 10:43
    For sure not the best song in the world... maybe silly... maybe ...whatever you want but KEEP IT please like it is!

    Yes, keep it like it is and forget the competition! It is really fun and I believe Valentina is taking more advantage from this than from the competition! San Marino as well... many people are searching for this small republic on Wikipedia just for this song and Eurovision!

    Facebook doesn't need publicity and it is true... all we want is a lot of "I Like"... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/March 2012 at 16:21
    San Marino:

    Valentina Monetta, Una Giornata Bellissima report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/March 2012 at 02:21
    But I also say no ...! .. and horrendous as a song, as the refrain and the video you can not look, can we in San Marino have people sitting on the executive chair, who always combine one after another! but the rules you read it or what?? and what the hell. We are proud citizens of San Marino, or are the Bud Spenser's banana republic ^???

    Ma dico anche no...!!!.. e orrenda come canzone, come ritornello e il video non lo si può guardare, possibile che noi a San Marino abbiamo gente seduta sulle poltrone dirigenziali che ne combinano sempre una dietro l'altra!!! ma le regole ve le leggete oppure cosa???? e che diavolo. siamo cittadini fieri Sammarinesi, oppure siamo i Bud Spenser della repubblica delle banane^????? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 22:17
    I like the song but they need another word for facebook like Social Site. It could go Social Si-i-ite everyboady loves it so. Also instead of Wanna have Cyber ___ again. It could be wanna be best friends again! It's not an appropiate song for ESC report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 21:22
    I have an idea, change it to "Web Chat" or "Net Chat" instead. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 19:31
    It's a shame as it is quite catchy and clever words and a distraction from all the more serious entries. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 10:14
    Terrible song.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 00:20
  • Posted on 20/March 2012 at 00:10
    Maybe Ralph Siegel had a sponsorship deal with Facebook...still no harm in trying is there?
    I'm sure it won't take him an half hour to re-edit his song, just a genuine mistake otherwise! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2012 at 17:34
    Thank God they had to change it! Now give us something real Italian - or Sammarinese! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2012 at 17:02
    San Marino, please send Valentina's "Una Giornata Bellissima"! It's a really beautiful song and would have good chances of reaching the final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2012 at 15:11
    As terrible as the lyrics are, I was humming the melody all weekend - against my will! Ralph Siegel, you tricky old fool! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/March 2012 at 13:58
    Interesting to read that some think that it should be okey to participate and not follow the rules. Maybe every team in football should also play by their own rules? Not surprising that SM has to do something about it! It wouldn't be fun at all if companies represented countries in the ESC. Don't wanna hear entries like "Taste Is King" or "I'm Loving It" etc ;) report to the moderator