France 2017: it seems “Requiem” is on the edge of breaching the rules

FRANCE – One more disturbing story regarding rules violation seems to come from France this time as reports. The song “Requiem: appears to have been performed in public 18 months ago on January 24, 2015. Typically there is a problem although even last year EBU didn’t do anything regarding a similar case for Jamala who performed “1944” in public way before the September 1st, 2015.

The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 state:
The composition (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2016. In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social network or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the composition is eligible for participation in the Event. In particular, the ESC Executive Supervisor shall assess whether such disclosure prior to the Release Date is likely to give to the composition an advantage in the Event vis-a-vis the other compositions. The ESC Executive Supervisor shall authorise or deny participation of a composition which may have been available to the public as advised above, subject to prior approval of the Reference Group.

The EBU of course will not yet comment the issue as there is not official submission, something which will take place on March 13 onwards. Of course the video has only 146 views which doesn’t make it publicly watched but the song was performed in public although we don’t know if it was a small number or a large one of audience.

Eurovoix also reports that there was a private message from French submissions showing that they knew the issue and responded in the following way according to the source:
on the video stating:

Hello Julie, I wanted to contact you privately but I do not know how … Just to tell you that Alma has a good chance to represent France at the Eurovision with “Requiem”, in a version reworked compared to the one that you have posted except that the song must be unpublished after September 1, 2016 so if the organizers fall on your video, even if it is amateur, they can disqualify us … It almost happened with the winning song “1944” in 2016 because an acoustic version was put online on YT by an amateur before the ‘official’ date .. After, you do as you feel, but I am convinced that the remixed song of “Requiem” will represent France at The Eurovision, so here it is! If you do, I thank you sincerely. Thank you very much Julie and Happy New Year.

Usually cases like that are ignored and are not considered to be breaching the rules. Lats year the cases of 1944 by Jamala were filed as non problematic along with Danish entry of Anja Nissen “Never Alone” which was performed a year before by Emmelie de Forest in various of concerts. It is still an ethical issue whether these songs can proceed to Eurovision as the rule about release date and originality remain intact.