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Putin jibe picked for Eurovision

A clip from Georgia's entry 'We Don't Wanna Put In'

Georgia has chosen an entry which takes a swipe at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for May's Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.

But disco-funk song We Don't Wanna Put In, a play on the politician's name, could fall foul of Eurovision's rule against political content in entries.

A contest spokesman told BBC News some lyrics are "sensitive", but any action would be deferred until next month.

Russia and Georgia went to war last year over the region of South Ossetia.

Relations between the two countries have been tense for several years.

Fans' reactions

Georgia initially announced it would not take part in the Moscow contest due to political objections but the decision was reversed in December.

The 2009 entry, which was chosen by public vote and jury, will be performed by female trio 3G along with male vocalist Stephane.

The song, which has a distinct 1970s feel, contains the chorus: "We don't wanna put in, the negative move, it's killin' the groove."

"I'm gonna try to shoot in, some disco tonight. Boogie with you."

Eurovision spokesman Sietse Bakker said organisers would not comment on the song until a meeting on 16 March when all 43 entries are scrutinised.

Israeli band Teapacks
Israeli act Teapacks escaped censure for their lyrics in 2007

"Until then, Georgian Television is free to make changes to the song, should they see the need," he added.

A spokeswoman for Georgian broadcaster GPB, who are organising the country's Eurovision bid, told Reuters: "This song is not about politics, it has nothing to do with politics and politicians.

"If you look at the text of the song there's nothing wrong with it," added Natia Uznadze, the station's international projects producer.

"It's a funny disco song. I hope we won't face any problems in Moscow since we don't want a scandal."

The song's producer Kakha Tsiskaridze said: "We need to send a message to Europe and first of all to Moscow. It's important for us to say what Georgia wants to say as a country."

Contest fans on the official Eurovision website's forums have had a mixed reaction to Georgia's choice of entry with one Spanish fan saying "for political reasons, this song has to withdraw".

Others have supported "the message it delivers to Moscow", while some fans have commented on the quality of the performance in Georgia's national final.

The country will have to negotiate the first Eurovision semi-final in the Russian capital on 12 May.

Georgia has reached the final on its two previous attempts, but finished just outside the top 10 on both occasions.

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