1.1. The country which gets the highest amount of points wins the edition. 1.2. The former winner will choose the host city and venue and can also propose a slogan and logo design. Otherwise, the organizers will take care of it, either internally or by asking other EM players for suggestions. 1.3. Cheating/not following the rules will lead to disqualification of at least 2 editions. If this situation happens again with the same player, it will lead to a permanent ban from the contest. 1.4. If the webmaster considers that your country has advantages from other countries (for example, your friend is participating in the contest as well and he always gives you 12 points), (s)he retains the right to disqualify both you and your friend(s). 1.5. Any member of Eurovision Memories who is rude or abusive to any other member or acts in a way that contravenes Eurovision Memories equal opportunities policy will be banned completely. All members must agree to act with tolerance towards people of all backgrounds. 1.6. All new players will be required to prove their identity. Every player needs to have a Facebook account. Facebook is used to organize meetings and to post the latest news about the contest in general. We want everyone to be part of the entire EM experience. 1.7. All new players will be required to send their entries through the website. Entries sent through email will be ignored. 1.8. Every member of the Eurovision Memories Community must respect the rules. 1.9. All EM Members can only add 1 friend every 2 contests and may not add a friend within the first 3 contests.
2.1. You can only use a country which has the FREE status on the website. Look for those on Countries page in this website. 2.2. You can only participate with one country. 2.3. If you want to participate with a country which is not on the website, ask the webmaster by sending a submission on the contact page. The webmaster will propose the new country to the Fairness Committee (FC). The FC voting will then decide if that country should enter or not. 2.4. At the moment, we're slowly expanding our list of countries to the ones active in the EBU. The expansion to other countries will be considered by the FC according to the average number of players participating in the contest. 2.6. You can change your country whenever you want, although it's not recommended. 2.7. If you reached Top 3 in the former edition, you can't change country on the next edition unless the Fairness Committee approves it.
3. SONGS/NATIONAL FINALS
3.1. Songs may not be longer than 5 minutes and not shorter than 2 minutes. 3.2. The songs can be sung in any language. 3.3. The songs need to be submitted with a YouTube URL link which includes the name of the artist(s) and the song. If, for some reason, the link isn’t available in some countries, another link (even from other video provider) will be asked for the player to provide. 3.4. Official Eurovision Song Contest songs and Junior Eurovision Song Contest songs are NOT allowed, but songs from National Selections that ended before our deadlines are allowed. 3.5. National Finals for Eurovision Memories can be organized. 3.6. The winners of the previous mentioned National Finals mus be presented only on the date when all the entries will be published on the EM website. If the winner is revealed before that, the country will be disqualified. 3.7. Covers are only allowed if the song covered comes from the same country. Covers of American songs or Eurovision songs are not allowed. 3.8. All songs must contain lyrics/vocals/words. These can be sung or spoken but instrumental songs are not allowed. 3.9. The webmaster of Eurovision Memories retains the right to ask any participant to change their video or song if the song or video causes offence to other Eurovision Memories players. This includes songs or videos contain violence, drug use, sexual imagery or where the song or video contains word or language that is racist, sexist, homophobic or attacks any person or group based on their physical appearance or religious disposition. The Fairness Committee will also be consulted by the webmaster if this situation occurs. 3.10."BIG HITS" explanation
4. THE ARTIST/S
4.1.The artist needs to have the same nationality as the country they will represent. When it comes to a group or duo, at least 50% of the group/duo needs to be from the country they'll represent. 4.2. Neighbor Rule: Some countries can borrow singers/groups from neighboring countries. You can see the possibilities on Countries page. 4.3. Artists that already passed away are allowed to take part in the contest. 4.4. If two participants have the same right to use an artist/group, only the first application to be received is accepted. 4.5. Artists with double citizenship are able to represent those countries. 4.6. American artists are allowed to take part in the Eurovision Memories Song Contest if they fit the standards proposed by the EM Fairness Committee. They either need to have European citizenship (besides American) or they can be part of a group where at least 50% of the artists are from a country. Every edition, the FC will present a list of American artists that are not allowed to enter EM due to fame or other things that can influence the voting. 4.7.DJ’s / Producers can represent the country they come from but only if the vocalist on their songs is from the same country. For example: Armin van Buuren ft. Sharon den Adel - "In and Out of Love" – both Armin and Sharon are Dutch, therefore the Netherlands can have this song. The singer has priority (as this is a song contest), therefore the country the singer is from can use the song, not the country of the producer/DJ. For example: Armin van Buuren vs Sophie Ellis-Bextor - "Not Giving Up On Love" Armin is Dutch and does not sing on the track. Sophie is British and she's the singer, therefore the United Kingdom can have this song but The Netherlands cannot. If the singer is not from a country available within the Eurovision Memories Song Contest (e.g. Sia, who is from Australia) then the song cannot be used in EM, unless that singer has dual citizenship with a European country. 4.8. Artists are only permitted to appear in EM contests once every 5 editions. If your country (or a country borrowing from yours) has sent an artist, that singer/group is barred from entering for 5 editions. For example, all singers/groups in the EM43 contest, cannot take part again until EM48.
5. THE FAIRNESS COMMITTEE (FC)
5.1. The Fairness Committee (FC) is the body that takes care, regulates and gives fairness to the contest. 5.2. The FC keeps the EM website updated, in what regards results, editions pages and other necessary information for the players. 5.3. The FC checks all the details regarding the submitted artist and song to check if there's any contradiction with the EM rules. 5.4. The FC controls the votes received for each EM Contest, for both semifinal or final. 5.5. The FC retains the right to refuse any entry that goes against the rules mentioned on Points 3 and 4. 5.6. The FC also retains the right to disqualify a country, based on "friendly voting", as mentioned on Point 1. 5.7. If needed, the FC will propose, vote and apply new rules. 5.8. Since the FC if formed by 5 people, adding a new rule must have 4 positive votes from the FC. 5.9.The webmaster will announce if he desires to add a new member in the Fairness Committee by organizing a contest. The contest will need all active FC members to vote in order to choose the best participant.
6. FAIRNESS COMMITTEE PENALTIES
6.1. Any FC member needs to respect the rules and do their duties in order for the contest to run smoothly. Not doing so can lead to elimination from the Fairness Committee Community. 6.2. If a FC member follows any personal interest on approving an entry that doesn’t follow the rules, (s)he will be permanently banned from the Fairness Committee or even from the EM Community. 6.3. Any FC member can leave his position by announcing it to the webmaster.
7. VOTING SYSTEM IN THE EUROVISION MEMORIES
7.1. The voting system is similar with the official Eurovision Song Contest one (from lowest to highest score, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-10-12 points). 7.2. Votes must be sent by using the Voting Form page. In case some unpredictable event happens, we’ll ask the players to send the votes through email to email@example.com. 7.3. Everyone needs to vote. If you don't vote in semi-finals, you can't proceed to the final but you still must vote in the final. If you don't vote in the final, you will be disqualified from the competition for, at least, one edition. The FC and the Webmaster will decide this penalty. 7.4. Always try to vote on time, according to the dates on the Calendar page. If you cannot vote on time, please let the webmaster know this at least 24 hours before the deadline. 7.5.We won't accept 'artificial' votes. As a competitor you need to analyze all the songs and give points correctly! EM has special analyzers who will check your voting on every edition. 7.6. We just want one winner so, if the result ends up with a tie where two or more countries has got the same amount of points, we will start counting how many votes each country received. If there is still a tie, we will start counting the amount of 12's, 10's etc, untill the results are untied. If we still have a tie after these procedures, a re-vote will be done between those countries and the country with the most votes will be named the winner. 7.7. Casted votes, whether your own or someone else's, cannot be revealed before the final show. If you do so, you will be disqualified from the competition for the edition in which these votes were casted.
8. THE SEMIFINALS
8.1. If you didn't reach top 3 in the last edition, you will be automatically participating in a Semifinal according to the draw. 8.2. To determine the order, we will use random.org or video draw. 8.3. The number of semifinalists and the number of qualifications will be decided according to the number of participants. 8.4. The most-voted countries go directly to the final, while the last one is chosen by other method, the People's Choice, discribed on Point 9.
9. THE “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” SELECTION
9.1. The ‘people’s choice’ selection will be used to pick the last finalist from each semifinal. 9.2. After the regular qualifiers, the country which was voted by the most people will qualify in the Grand Final, no matter how many points it has raised. 10.3. If there is a tie situation, all ‘1 points’ will be ignored and the country who reached more top 9 positions in people’s tops will qualify in the Grand Final. If necessary, we'll continue for the '2 points', '3 points' and so on.
10. THE FACEBOOK GROUP RULES
10.1. Since you are a participant at EM, you’re allowed to join the EM Family Group. 10.2. You're only allowed to use English Language in there. 10.3. You are not allowed to promote other things rather than EM. For special cases, ask for Webmaster’s permission. 10.4. All members must respect the others and always use a moral language.
12. SPECIAL EDITIONS & SEFC
12.1. Besides the usual editions, EM organizes special editions. 12.2. All special editions are organized and planned by the SEFC – SPECIAL EDITION FAIRNESS COMMITTEE. 12.3. SEFC is currently formed by Ross Carter (UK), Radu Murarasu (Italy), and Nikos Ventzios (Andorra). 12.4. SEFC organizes and plans all special editions. 12.5. In order for a special edition to be announced and organized, SEFC must obtain the approval of the EM Webmaster. 12.6. SEFC can receive proposals and ideas from participants or organizers. 12.7. SEFC members are not allowed to be part of FC unless they quit SEFC. 12.8. The WEBMASTER has to approve any plan or special edition organized by the SEFC. The webmaster has to know every plan and idea before the actual special edition will be presented to the public. Releasing a special edition without the permission of the EM WEBMASTER can result into removing the SEFC of all its rights in the EM Community.
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Now that you're sure you won't break any rules with your amazing song, you just have to check when can really start participating. In the case that an edition has already started, you'll be only able to participate in the next one. But don't worry, you will have your place there!