Australian entry Sound of Silence cleared of rule breaking
Australia will be represented in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest by Dami Im and her song “Sound of Silence.”
The song contains the lyrics “Trying to feel your love through face time,” which could refer to the Apple service FaceTime and breach the Eurovision rules.
No commercial messages
It is against the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest for a song contain any message of a commercial or political nature.
Previously, Valentina Monetta had to change her Facebook song to “The Social Network Song” and in 2014, Belarusian Teo was forced to change a reference to Google Maps in his song “Cheesecake.”
Not necessarily FaceTime
The EBU has decided not to enforce the rule on Dami Im, party because the lyric is not stylized as the Apple brand FaceTime, but simply as face time, and because the phrase has a double meaning.
“The lyrics of the Australian song are presented as two separate words, ‘face time’ and not FaceTime which is an Apple trademark,” said the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. They further stated: “The Merriam-Webster dictionary refers to ‘face time’ as ‘time spent meeting with someone’… so in this case the song lyrics have been cleared.”
Photo: Peter Brew-Bevan