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And the winner is… Legoland

On the eve of the Eurovision Song Contest, I was dismayed to see that Legoland has been denied the right to enter a song:

Geneva, 8 May 2009: The European Broadcasting Union* (EBU) said today that it could not accept an entry from Legoland to the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow next week, despite a personal appeal by a man calling himself “Legoman” at EBU headquarters in Geneva. A delegation purporting to represent Legoland ** entered the Geneva headquarters of the EBU, which organizes the popular annual contest, and asked to see the Director of Eurovision TV.

“I am delighted that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is attracting such great interest,” said Bjørn Erichsen, Director of Eurovision TV. “Unfortunately Legoland is not eligible to participate because it does not have a public service broadcaster which belongs to the EBU.”

Obviously the fact that it’s not a real country and is inhabited entirely by plastic people is just a minor detail compared to its lack of broadcasting facilities.