Australia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has this week been cleared of allegations of product placement.
Korean-Australian singer Dami Im’s song ‘Sound of Silence’ had caused a red flag to be raised with the lyric “trying to feel your love through face time” as it was thought to be a reference to Apple’s video-chat service FaceTime.
Product placement, along with messages promoting any political cause, company, brand, product or services are prohibited by Eurovision rules but the organisers are confident this lyric doesn’t breach those rules.
“The lyrics of the Australian song are presented as two separate words, ‘face time’ and not FaceTime which is an Apple trademark,” said the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. “The Merriam-Webster dictionary refers to ‘face time’ as ‘time spent meeting with someone’, so in this case the song lyrics have been cleared.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 takes place in Stockholm, Sweden May 10-14, Britain will be represented by former The Voice contestants Joe and Jake.