Just one day after Norway announced the 10 competing songs in Melodi Grand Prix 2016, one of the songs has been disqualified. Freddy Kalas’ song “Happy Rush” has been removed from competition as it is too similar to his 2011 song “Cannabus”. But MGP organisers are allowing Freddy to compete with a new song.
As soon as the “Happy Rush” was preview clip was released, music fans pointed out the similarity to the 2011 song “Cannabus”, by SimenA with guest vocals from Freddy Kalas, using the name Freddy Genius. This led to an emergency meeting at MGP headquarters.
The similarity of the two songs breaks a couple of Eurovision rules. The 2011 release date of “Cannabus” predates the 1 September 2015 deadline, and the contest also requires that songs must be original. And Freddy might also want to have a word with himself for plagiarising his own song.
MGP head Jan Fredrik Karlsen said, “We have had a good and clarifying meeting. It was an unfortunate situation that everyone was set on finding a solution.” He also noted that Freddy had not intended to mislead audiences.
While “Happy Rush” has been disqualified from MGP, Freddy Kalas remains in the competition. An announcement on his new song will be made tomorrow at 18:00 CET.
Update: 21 January, 11:15pm
Melodi Grand Prix boss Jan Fredrik Karlsen has confirmed that Freddy Kalas will remain in the competition, and his song “Happy Rush” will stay as well – but with a different chorus and a different title.
Freddy was given one day to write a new chorus for the song, entirely changing the part that was previously used in “Cannabus”. The song has also been renamed as “Feel da Rush”.
It seems MGP are very happy with the new song. Karlsen said, “We’ve got an even fatter chorus, and there was great jubilation when we heard the song.”