Since the video of “Miracle” was released yesterday, Spanish fans accused the Romanian duo Paula Seling and Ovi of copying Ruth Lorenzo’s “Dancing In the Rain” video. Today, Paula addressed the allegations and called them “absurd”.
In an open interview with the fans for Romanian daily “Adevarul”, Wiwibloggs asked Paula to respond to the accusations of plagiarism. Here is her response, at the 25:10 mark:
I doubt that Alex [Ceausu, the video director] sat and watched all the other ESC videos. Sometimes it happens, when you are invited to a party, to come dressed as another guest. I can honestly tell you that I first watched Ruth’s video after some people said, based on the behind the camera photos, that both she and we had this element of dance in the rain in the video. Alex had this idea that water was the miracle of life. I also personally danced in the rain on “Dancing With The Stars” four years ago, so… Not to mention that it would be absurd to copy our competitors in the contest.
Later today, Paula posted this video of her dance performance from four years ago on her Facebook page, saying its her favourite dance:
Meanwhile, in an interview for Spanish blog Olevision, Ruth Lorenzo didn’t buy the coincidence explanation:
I was shocked when I saw Romania’s video. I saw little intelligence and inspiration. My manager sent me a link with a photo collage of our video images and their images. Their video is pretty, but nothing like ours.
What do you think? Is this little feud going to hurt Paula and Ovi’s image or will is it just a rainstorm in a teacup?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.