Just as horse manure always attracts flies, Alyona Lanskaya has a habit of courting controversy. The Belarusian diva—whose 2012 victory at the national selection was later revoked—now finds herself facing mounting suspicion over her song “Solayoh”.
First a bit of background. Lanskaya entered and won this year’s national selection in Belarus with the song “Rhythm of Love”. It’s nothing special, but in a mediocre year, it’s definitely above average. Yesterday she released “Solayoh”—a Latin-feeling number that flicks at her love of sunshine—on iTunes. Bloggers have subsequently suggested that she will officially announce this is her new Eurovision entry later this week.
That’s all well and good, but there is one catch, which our readers have already been discussing. The songwriters behind “Solayoh” uploaded an earlier version of the song in 2008 called “Soleo”. Eurovision rules make it clear than an artist cannot sing a song that was released publicly before September 1 of the preceding year (so, in this case, September 1, 2012).
What do you think? Does “released publicly” mean it was sold commercially? Or does it include songs that were published on the Internet? Do earlier versions count? Let us know as we have no idea.
Update: Sietse Bakker, event superviser of the Eurovision Song Contest, has tweeted that the song meets the requirements “based on the information provided by BTRC.”
The original version from 2008:
The new version from 2013: