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Eurovision 2009 – Georgia, Putin, Azerbaijan and Iran

The 54th Eurovision Song Contest is just over in Moscow. As one of the unexpected aspects of Eurovision – World’s largest musical contest – the observers mention its growing political background. Using popularity and huge worldwide audience of Eurovision, some countries use this song contest to promote political goals.


The first example of this sort in Eurovision 2009 was the song “We Don't Wanna Put In” performed by Stephane & 3G  and presented to contest by Georgia. The song sounded like a thinly-disguised attack on Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, just after the Russian-Georgian war in South Ossetia in 2008. But Georgia withdrew from Eurovision 2009 after being ordered by the organizers to change the “political” lyrics of its entry. So the song “We Don't Wanna Put In” was not included in the program of the contest.



Stephane & 3G



Conflict in Georgia


The next example was the clip “Always” by AySel & Arash presented by Azerbaijan. In decorations and haircut of the actress, who presented Azerbaijan, the image-makers from Baku used images of Poets’ Mausoleum in Tabriz in Iran as an illustration of Azeri-Türk culture. The observers consider this to be a promotion of ideas of unification of Northern Azerbaijan (Baku) and Southern Azerbaijan (Tabriz).




AySel & Arash





Panturanist Map


Haircut a-la Poets’ Mausoleum


Poets’ Mausoleum in Tabriz in Iran




Grandmother and Grandfather monument

Interestingly, the organizers of Eurovision 2009 allowed the Iran-related decorations used by Azerbaijan, although they did not allow Armenia to use a photo of the Armenian Grandmother and Grandfather monument just because it is on the territory of Nagorno Karabakh. Azerbaijan accepts that Grandmother and Grandfather is an Armenian monument, but did not allow Eurovision to display it because they argue it would be promotion of the Armenian approach to the Karabakh conflict. And in Azerbaijan the phone number to vote for Armenia was blocked, at all.


It remains to very much regret that World’s largest song contest is becoming a battleground for political promotion. Fortunately, the winner of Eurovision 2009 was Alexander Rybak of Norway with song “Fairytale” not related to politics at all.


Alexander Rybak of Norway

Samsar Analytics, 2009


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
детально и ясно, только придерусь к двум опечаткам: слово NorwAy, А вместо E, в последнем абзаце и под фотографией; и слово Fairytale (not Fairytail).

также заметила тут: and presented by to contest Georgia - поменять на "presented to the contest by Georgia"

May. 17th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Corrected! :-)

If you notice other misprints please let me know.

Thank you in advance.
May. 17th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Да, еще, добавь что в Азербайджане было запрещено голосовать за Хаев.
May. 17th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thug джан, друст а, эдпес авли чишт кехнер. Ама эс тексты хом парсикнери hамар а, чэ? У парсикнери hамар дип мек а, те hайастани hамары кардацел эн те чэ. Иранк дранов ми пучур эл волнаваться чэн эхни…

Ненц вор те вор авелацненя, вор Евровиденяин hайастани тивы чен кардацел, кам вор такик-папики ардзаны hайкакан hохум а, дип кhасканан, вор эс друст hай а грел…
May. 18th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Dip mek chi ;-) Es copy/paste em anum so ssilkoi na "Javakhk" dlya YT, chto b pobol'she lyudei znalo...
May. 18th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Very nicely written . thanks!
May. 18th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :-)
May. 18th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
the EV trailer with Azerbaijan using Iranian heritage
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