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Latest update : 2009-02-19

After initially considering a boycott, Georgia has finally decided to attend this year's Eurovision song contest in Moscow. Its candidate will perform a disco song called "We don't wanna put in", poking fun at Russian PM Vladimir Putin.

AFP - Georgia has chosen a disco song poking fun at Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as its entry for this year's Eurovision song contest in Moscow.

Georgia initially considered boycotting the song contest in the Russian capital because of its war with Moscow last year, but ultimately chose instead to use Eurovision to make a light-hearted political statement.

"We don't wanna put in," performed by group Stephane and 3G with its none-too-subtle play on the prime minister's surname, was chosen late Wednesday by a panel and phone-in vote to represent Georgia.

With a chorus of "We don't wanna put in/The negative move/It's killin' the groove," the song is unlikely to get a warm reception in Moscow, which is hosting the contest after Russia won last year's competition in Serbia.

The war saw Russian troops and tanks pour into Georgia last August to repel a Georgian military attempt to retake the Moscow-backed rebel region of South Ossetia.

Russian forces occupied swathes of territory and bombed targets across the country before withdrawing to within South Ossetia and another breakaway region, Abkhazia.

Last year's Eurovision entry from Georgia was "Peace will come" sung by Diana Gurtskaya, a blind refugee from Abkhazia.

The choice of "We don't wanna put in" is not the first time Georgia has used disco in conflicts over its rebel regions.

In 2007 authorities organised a concert by disco legends Boney M -- known for such 1970s hits as "Rasputin" and "Daddy Cool" -- in parts of South Ossetia to promote Tbilisi's efforts to regain control of the region.

Date created : 2009-02-19