publish date: 2017-08-04
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) -- the body that oversees the Eurovision Song Contest -- has strengthened its language against political posturing in a revised set of rules published at the end of July.
Previously the EBU banned lyrics and performances that bring the pan-European extravaganza "into disrepute." But a new clause goes further and forbids performers whose past may suggest a political agenda or break the law.
It says: "Neither the 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."
In short: Don't send a singer with a past that will get her banned.