Yesterday, the EBU published a new set of rules for the 2018 contest. Most of them are about keeping the contest non-political and impartial.
It seems that the drama surrounding Yulia Samoylova has been a lesson for the EBU. Therefore, these rules are there to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
Keeping the contest non-political
The crucial emphasis in the modified rules is making the contest free from politics and any sort of partiality.
It also seems that EBU was not too happy with the 2017 winner Salvador Sobral’s “SOS refugees” sweater! The EBU addresses his political statements in the first section of the new rules, “NON-POLITICAL EVENT”, and this is what it contains:
“The ESC is a non-political event and all Participating Broadcasters, including the Host Broadcaster, shall ensure that all necessary steps are undertaken within in their respective Delegations and teams in order to make sure that no organization, institution, political cause or other cause, company, brand, product or service shall be
promoted or mentioned during the Event.
No messages promoting any organization, institution, political cause or other, company, brand, products or services shall be allowed in the Shows and within any official ESC premises (i.e. at the venue, during the Opening Ceremony, the Eurovision village, the Press Centre, etc.). A breach of this rule may result in disqualification.”
Rules for the host country
When it comes to the host country, EBU has implemented stricter rule modifications. The breach of these rules may also lead to losing the hosting right in the future.
“(l)The Host Broadcaster shall respect at all times the deadlines agreed upon with the EBU for the proper, timely and smooth implementation of the ESC and it shall comply with EBU instructions.
Non-respect thereof shall constitute a breach of the Host Broadcaster Agreement enabling the EBU to unilaterally terminate the Host Broadcaster Agreement and entrust another Member with the production and organisation of the ESC.
(m) The Host Broadcaster shall ensure that all the contestants selected by the Participating Broadcasters are able to perform in person live on stage in the Shows (including in all the rehearsals and in the Dress Rehearsals). The Host Broadcaster shall do its utmost to safeguard the non-political character of the Event.”
No more law-breaking participants
Furthermore, it also seems that the lesson with Yulia Samoylova has been big enough! In paragraph of section 2 EBU has now written that:
“2.2) PARTICIPATING BROADCASTERS’ COMMITMENTS
e) undertakes to enter a national song and an artist in compliance with the present Rules and to organize a national selection process as it deems fit and under its sole responsibility; in particular, no selected artist nor any member of the Delegation shall have any antecedents likely to prompt the Host Country’s national authorities to deny them access to the Host Country in accordance with applicable national law”
When it comes to jury voting, EBU has now written that
“No member of the National Jury is connected in any way with any of the participating songs entered and/or artists performing in the ESC in such a way that they may be prevented from voting in complete independence, impartiality, fairness,
objectiveness and using all their professional skill and experience without
favouring any contestant on the account of their nationality, gender or likeliness.”
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