EBU is Considering Prohibiting the Use of AI at Eurovision

As technology develops quickly and efficiently, we encounter AI almost everywhere.
Following the emergence of LLM (Larag Language Models) like Open AI’s Chat GPT, as well as design tools like Midjourney, all of us might AI in this way or another.

Since 2020, the technology advanced exponoentially and above, making such tools available and easy to use. We can create images, lyrics, melodies and more almost without human involvement.

Bloomberg reports that the EBU is having discussions about whether Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be allowed to be used at the Eurovision Song Contest.

According to the mentioned report, the organizers of the contest (including potentially the reference group) are debating this question. The main consideration is: What will be the level of authenticity when content is generated by AI, and not by humans?

It is still unknown whether any of the Eurovision entries were created with the help of AI.

Jean-Philip de Tender, Deputy Director General of the European Broadcasting Union, gave an inreview at Edinburgh TV Festival. When asked about AI at Eurovision, he said:

“Reflecting on how we need this in the rulebook, that creativity should come from humans and not from machines.”

In 2019, a group of scientists, artists, progemanners and musicians came together and created a song created by AI (Deep Learning models) that might be heard like a Eurovision song.
You can listen to “Blue Jeans and Bloody Tears” here:

So far, the list of countries that confirmed participation at Eurovision 2024 includes: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Israel, Moldova, Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Serbia, Switzerland, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Portugal, San Marino, and Belgium.

Eurovision 2024 will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
The semi-finals will be held on the 7th and 9th of May 2024, and the grand final will be held on the 11h of May 2024

What will be the future of AI in the music industry and at Eurovision in particular?
Will we see a change in the rulebook?
Will this discussion make an impact on the national selections?
It looks like the final decision will have to rely on the tradeoff between technology and authenticity.

Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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