Teleradio Moldova has announced that the first stage of the 2013 national selection has ended.
The jury, which consists of several composers and singers (including Geta Burlacu and Nelly Ciobanu, who represented the country at Eurovision in 2008 and 2009, respectively), selected 24 out of the 49 artists who applied, and 60 out of the 126 songs that the singers now have to choose from for the next round. The final is scheduled for March 2.
As you may remember, Moldova has introduced a controversial regulation this year that stipulates the chosen songs may be performed by artists other than the ones who submitted them. That prompted Natalia Barbu to withdraw from the selection process and promise to apply for Romania’s Eurovision selection instead. (And, yes, Romania is allowing foreign artists to compete in their Selectia Nationala and, anyway, Natalia Barbu has acquired Romanian citizenship by marriage). Olia Tira, who represented Moldova at the Eurovision in 2010 with the band SunStroke Project, has also been vocal against the new regulation and decided not to participate.
As for the ones who are participating in the selection, Pasha Parfeny, Moldova’s representative who placed 11th in the Eurovision final in Baku, is perhaps the biggest name who made it on the list, although not as a performer, but as a composer. He wrote the ballad “A Million”, performed here by Aliona Moon (stage name of Aliona Munteanu).
It’s early, but the Moldovan selection is already plagued by accusations of plagiarism. Boris Covali’s song “Runaways” is said to have sampled the 2000 hit “Shape of My Heart” by the Backstreet Boys. Someone put the two songs together in the same video and uploaded it on YouTube for our convenience:
Here is Boris Covali’s song, in all its entirety:
Covali denied the allegations of plagiarism. He said they saddened him and that he trusts his British and Swedish composers. He even showed the musical sheets of the two songs to reporters to demonstrate how different they are. On a side note, the singer is currently recovering in the hospital after breaking his leg this week, and he is going to wear a cast for two months, which should make for an interesting performance on the 2nd of March. That is, if he is makes it to the final, after all.
What do you think? Should “Runaways” be disqualified for plagiarism? And what about Pasha Parfeny’s “A Million”, do you see his ballad advance to the final selection in Moldova?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Transylvania-based correspondent for wiwibloggs