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Miércoles, 29 de marzo de 2006 - 10:39 GMT
Disputas en Eurovisión
Banda montenegrina que representa a Serbia y Montenegro
Banda montenegrina que representa a Serbia y Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro has officially withdrawn from this year's Eurovision Song Contest after a row over whether a Serbian or Montenegrin group should represent the Federation. The controversy comes amid tension over a referendum to be held in Montenegro on declaring independence from Serbia.

This report from Matt Prodger.

More than a week ago, while the world's attention was focused on the death of the former Yugoslav President, Slobodan Milosevic, many Serbs and Montenegrins were preoccupied by something altogether different - Eurovision.

During a live broadcast on television Montenegrin judges voted overwhelmingly for a Montenegrin boy band to represent the Federation at the hugely popular song contest in May.

The mainly Serb audience was outraged. The winning band were booed off stage and the ensuing controversy may lead to a three-year ban from the contest. Behind it all are increasing tensions between both countries over a decision by Montenegro to hold a referendum on independence from Serbia a day after Eurovision on May the 21st.

They've been in a difficult union since Yugoslavia was finally dissolved in 2003. On top of it all, it appears that Serbia and Montenegro's withdrawal will allow their old enemy, Croatia, to skip qualification and go straight to the final. The scandal has meant that Slobodan Milosevic has been all but forgotten.

Matt Prodger, BBC News, Belgrade

preoccupied by
preocupados, interesados

voted overwhelmingly
votaron mayoritariamente por

boy band
Grupo musicla compuesto por hombres adolecentes

outraged
indignado

were booed off stage
fueron recibidos con silbidos hasta que tuvieron que parar de tocar/cantar; la palabra 'booed' viene de 'boo' la onomatopeya que es lo que el público grita cuando no le gusta un artista o una presentación

ensuing controversy
controversia que provocó el desacuerdo

increasing tensions
creciente tensión

a referendum on independence from Serbia
un referendo, o voto, para decidir si Montenegro se separa de Serbia

skip qualification and go straight to the final
no tener que participar en las rondas preliminares e ir directamente a la final; 'skip' quiere decir saltar

Slobodan Milosevic has been all but forgotten
Slobodan Milosevic ha sido olvidado



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