France 2 has stated that “Requiem” the country’s entry for Eurovision 2017 does not break the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Last night it emerged that “Requiem” the French entry for Kyiv had been performed in early 2015, over 18 months before the date from which songs are eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. The video which has since been deleted, showed Alma performing “Requiem” at the end of January 2015.

In a statement to Tele Loisirs France 2 stated that:

Everything was done in the rules. This video also proves that the song was not meant for Eurovision. It was released while Alma did not yet have a record company.

The rules of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 state:

The composition (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released before 1 September 2016. In case the composition has been made available to the public, for example, but not limited to, on online video platforms, social network or (semi-) publicly accessible databanks, the Participating Broadcaster must inform the ESC Executive Supervisor, who shall have authority to evaluate whether the composition is eligible for participation in the Event. In particular, the ESC Executive Supervisor shall assess whether such disclosure prior to the Release Date is likely to give to the composition an advantage in the Event vis-a-vis the other compositions. The ESC Executive Supervisor shall authorise or deny participation of a composition which may have been available to the public as advised above, subject to prior approval of the Reference Group.

Due to the fact that the song was viewed by only a limited number of people and not commercially released it can be argued that it has not gained an advantage over the other songs in this years contest. The European Broadcasting Union was contacted for comment by both and Tele Loisirs but neither have received any comment to date.

This is not the first time that a Eurovision entry or potential entry has been found to have been released before September 1st. Following the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 it emerged that the winning song “1944” performed by Jamala had been performed in May of 2015 at a concert for Crimean Tatars.

While in Danish selection in 2016, it was revealed that “Never Alone” which was performed by Anja Nissen, had been performed by the songwriter, Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest at a number of concerts in the previous year. At the time that it emerged that “Never Alone” had been performed a year prior, the EBU ruled that it did not breach the contests rules.

Source: Tele Loisirs