The Russia-Georgia conflict has moved to the disco dancefloor after Georgia’s decision to pick the none-too-subtle “We don’t wanna put in” as their entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Performed by Stephane and 3G, the provocative song will no doubt wind Russia’s Prime Minister no end if it makes it to the final in Moscow this May. Check out these lyrics:
“We don’t wanna put in / Cuz negative move / It’s killin’ the groove,
I’m gonna try to shoot in / Some disco tonight / Boogie with you.”
“Shoot in”, by the way, is beautifully rhymed with Putin – sorry, Put In – and coincides with section of the dance where the singers mime being shot in the head.
Initially, I thought this would probably sink without a trace, but people seem to be speculating that the infamous block voting that brought Russia it’s Eurovision win last year might work in Georgia’s favour, delivering a massive snub to Putin on his home turf, in front of a television audience of more than 100 million Europeans.
At the moment, the only thing standing in Georgia’s march to glory is the little known Eurovision rule that bars lyrics of a “political or similar nature”. Georgian officials are busytelling anyone who’ll listen that it’s all about the disco:
“This song is not about politics, it has nothing to do with politics and politicians. It’s a funny disco song.”
Their pitiful pleas are not helped, though, by Kakha Tsiskaridze the song’s producer, who told journalists:
“Since we (Georgia) decided to take part, we need to send a message to Europe and first of all to Moscow.
The song is called “Put In” and its text carries a double meaning. I think everyone will understand what we want to say. It’s important for us to say what Georgia wants to say as a country.”
Personally, I pray they get through. I really can’t wait to see Putin dancing to the Georgian disco beat.