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Eurovision hosts rewrite 'anthem'
Greenjolly
Greenjolly's song became popular during 2004 election protests
Eurovision Song Contest hosts Ukraine have rewritten the lyrics to their entry song after they were branded "too political" by organisers.

The contest's executive supervisor Svante Stockselius confirmed that the new words for Razom Nas Bagato!, by group Greenjolly, had been accepted.

The song, which translates as Together We Are Many!, became the anthem of Ukraine's "orange revolution" in 2004.

The group submitted the new lyrics at the request of organisers last week.

The original song became the theme for the mass protests following the country's disputed presidential election last year, which was eventually won by Viktor Yuschenko after a re-run.

'Non-political'

The song went on to win a national vote to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest after being accepted as a last-minute wildcard entry in February.

It included the lyrics: "No to falsifications... No to lies. Yushchenko - yes! Yushchenko - yes! This is our president - yes, yes!"

However, Mr Stockselius said earlier this month that the song would not be allowed to take part in the Eurovision with its original words, since the contest is "non-political".

Meanwhile, the entry from Serbia and Montenegro is also causing controversy after being accused of plagiarism.

Mr Stockselius confirmed that the song Zauvijek Moja, by the group No Name, is currently being investigated by the European Broadcasting Union, following accusations that it bears similarities to two other songs from the region.

He said that no decision had been made on whether the song would be allowed to take part.

Ukraine won the right to host this year's contest after winning last year's contest with the song Wild Dances by Ruslana. Serbia and Montenegro, who entered the contest last year for the first time, came second.




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