Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004
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XI. DISQUALIFICATION PROCEDURE AND SANCTIONS
1. A song may be disqualified for the following reasons:
(a) if there is evidence that an artist, a member of the delegation or a spokesperson has not complied with the requests of the Host Broadcaster and/or the EBU Executive Supervisor and may therefore cause disturbance to the event and/or the broadcast production.
(b) if the artist(s) depart(s) from the planned performance as performed at the final rehearsal, and thereby cause(s) disturbance to the event and/or the broadcast production.
(c) if a participating organization/artist(s) has in any way attempted to breach the present Rules at any stage of the preparation of the Contest, or is about to do so during the Contest Final itself.
2. The decision to enact disqualification is taken by the Reference Group, on the recommendation of the EBU Executive Supervisor. (If the country being disqualified is represented by a member of the Reference Group, he or she shall not be allowed to vote on the decision for disqualification, or take part in the deliberation procedure):
(a) If the disqualification of a song is decided upon before the HoD meeting on March 22-23 2004, the Participating Broadcaster shall be entitled to propose another song and to submit all related material by the date specified by the reference group.
(b) If disqualification of a song is decided upon after the above-mentioned date, but before the day of the Eurovision Song Contest Qualifying Final, the Participating Broadcaster concerned shall not present its entry but shall remain entitled to vote and liable for its financial contribution. However, time permitting, the Participating Broadcaster shall have the right to appeal against the decision to the Chairman of the EBU Television Committee and, if that person cannot be reached, to the Secretary General of the EBU. Any decision taken in accordance with the above-mentioned procedure shall be final, and no legal remedy shall be possible.
3. A broadcaster may be sanctioned, and even excluded from subsequent Contest Finals, if it:
(a) does not comply with the present Rules.
(b) withdraws from participating in the 2004 Contest Final after 1 December 2003.
(c) does not submit a fax of its voting results in accordance with the Rules.
4. Any sanctions shall be pronounced by the Television Committee, following a recommendation by the Reference Group. Sanctions shall be proportionate to the damage or prejudice caused to the EBU, the Host Broadcaster and/or the organization or the reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest.
5. Any decision taken in accordance with the above-mentioned procedure shall be final, and no legal remedy shall be possible.
XII. THE WINNER(S) OF THE 2004 CONTEST FINAL
1. The winners of the Qualifying Round are the ten countries with the most points at the end of the voting procedure. They each win a place in the Grand Final, performing in the position decided upon in the draw held in March 2004.
2. The winner of the Grand Final is the song with the most points at the end of the voting procedure.
3. Should there be a tie for first place, the Eurovision title shall be awarded to the song that has obtained points from the highest number of countries. If the songs received votes from the same number of countries, then the highest number of 12-point scores shall qualify. If the winner cannot be determin