Belarus 2018 🇧🇾 Tim Norell ready to sue the EBU and BTRC for breaching their own rules
BELARUS – The victory of Alekseev in Belarus, a common secret to everyone, was not the only reason for Tim Norell’s reaction. Problems started before the national final as it was discovered that the song was previously performed live several times breaching the BTRC and EBU rules. Despite 6 NF participants threatening to withdraw it was only Sofi Lapina who actually protested by withdrawing from the national final.
After winning the national final, Alekseev although was allowed to compete under a slight change in the melody and melodic line by BTRC, EBU granted the song permission to be performed in Lisbon under its original version, obviously making Alekseev and BTRC happy.
After all, BTRC was somehow “plotting” the participation of Alekseev when Ukrainian national broadcaster was denying him participation.
Tim Norell composed the song for Gunesh and came 2nd in the results is upset with the entire procedure claiming that BTRC and EBU breached the own rules. Speaking to Swedish press he said:
Belarus is a country of corruption, you have understood, but we had expected the EBU to put everything right.. Now the EBU does not follow its own rules. How, then, as a songwriter, will I know what is applicable? I’ll let our lawyer look at this.
It is not though the first time EBU is loosen its ruling for songs that previously published or performed to limited audience something which might be legal because it’s a decision of EBU’s Reference Group but ethically creates, every time, questions about how things are actually working.
In the meantime Swedish newspaper contacted the EBU and got a reply statement:
As in previous years, it is up to each country’s broadcaster to elect an appropriate entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest in May. The EBU and the host country’s television company will then ensure that all entries comply with the competition rules. All potential entries to the Eurovision Song Contest are reviewed by the EBU prior to the Delegation Manager’s meeting in March, to ensure that the songs follow the rules before they formally qualify for a contest.
One thing is for sure: EBU must finally take a clear stand on how the issue of originality will work. We all remember after all that a non original song, clearly breaching the EEBU rules, won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015 from Sweden, no matter how much our readers will react on this!