'Push the Button' okayed for Eurovision

Organizers considered banning Teapacks song because of political messages.

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March 14, 2007 14:11
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The European Broadcasting Union on Wednesday approved the Teapacks song, "Push the Button," for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The Israeli band's song has aroused controversy due to references to the Iranian nuclear program. Eurovision Song Contest organizers had considered banning this year's Israeli entry, because of its "inappropriate" political message.

  • Teapacks pushes the wrong button for Eurovision The song, scheduled to be performed at the contest in Helsinki in May, won Israel's competition overwhelmingly at the end of February when a panel of judges and viewers from home voted on it after seeing a live performance. The song is sung in English, French and Hebrew and seemingly refers indirectly to Iran's nuclear ambitions and its hard-line leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It includes the line Missiles are flying and also falling on me. Teapacks insisted that the song was something people everywhere can relate to. Israel Radio DJ Benny Dudkevitch told the Jerusalem Post on March 2 that in his estimation "Teapacks may have not necessarily be the best choice for Eurovision, but the song is certainly an Israeli one…with a very catchy chorus."

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