SAN MARINO’S entry to the Eurovision Song Contest has been restored to the competition after competition organisers agreed to accept a substitute entry which did not include the word ‘Facebook’.
Valentina Monetta’s effort ‘Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh (A Satirical Song)’ had been kicked out of the competition for trademark violation, falling foul of Eurocrats who said the name of the social network could not appear in the song’s title or lyrics.
San Marino has successfully managed to get the song restored, however, after substituting the words ‘Social network’ into the song every time that Facebook appeared.
Bafflingly, however, the retitled song has managed to include a few extra monosyllabic grunts: ‘Facebook Uh, Oh, Oh (A Satirical Song)’ has now become ‘The Social Network Song (OH OH – Uh – OH OH)’.
It is, also, apparently no longer satirical.
Also strange is the fact that the furore about the use of the word Facebook has apparently detracted from the presence of the word ‘Googling’ (though it’s not clear that the verb ‘googling’ is itself a trademark).
There’s also no complaint about the song’s question of whether the listeners wants “to play cybersex again”. Go figure.
Either way, the re-entry of the Sammarinese song means there’s one more competitor for Jedward to worry about: San Marino’s ejection had meant there would be one fewer entry in the twins’ semi-final, which will see 18 entrants reduced to 10 ahead of the grand final.
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