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Friday, May 11, 2007

Not enough buttons pushed at Eurovision

After a controversial week in which Sderot's Teapacks threatened to withdraw from the contest and accused Eurovision's organizers of trying to censor their song, the group did not reach Saturday night's finals this evening, as it did not finish in the top ten.
Teapacks, the band representing Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, will not be performing in the final round of the competition on Saturday, as it was not among the ten entries chosen in the semifinals on Thursday night.

During the band's performance at the event, the broadcast cut out for more than five seconds in several countries, prompting an appeal from the director of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's Culture and Entertainment Department. However, it was not enough to push the song through to the top ten.

The controversial Teapacks entry, "Push the Button" - interpreted as a jab at Iran's hard-line president and his country's nuclear program - was nearly banned from the competition at first due to its "inappropriate" political content. Tensions remained even after the song was eventually admitted to the contest.
I liked the song anyway.

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