As the bookies slash Dina Garipova’s odds to win the first semi-final at Eurovision, Team Wiwi can only scratch their heads. This song is cheesier than fondue and much less filling. But our main objection isn’t its “we are the world” staging. It’s that this song blatantly rips off Brian Kennedy’s song “All Over the World” both in terms of melody and lyrical content. We’ve remained silent for several weeks, but the oddsmakers have pushed us over the edge. We’re happy that Russia is looking West, but we’d rather they steal ideas like democracy…not melodies from Ireland’s 2006 Eurosong contest! Let’s compare.
Dina’s Eurovision song “What If”:
Brian Kennedy’s 2006 Eurosong entry “All Over the World”:
The following compilation compares “What If” to a series of songs, including Britney Spear’s “Born to Make You Happy” and Sarah Connor’s “Skin on Skin”. It’s hilar. But also kind of sad.
What do you think? Are people crazy to be comparing “What If” to these older songs? Or is something there? Should a song so familiar be allowed at Eurovision? Do you think that the EBU should have stepped in when all of this nonsense came to their attention? Let us know!
Photo credit: Dennis Stachel (EBU)