Moldova‘s broadcaster TRM can’t catch a break! Just hours after it was revealed that “Mama” was performed live long before 1 September 2016, O melodie pentru Europa 2017 can add another controversy to its CV. Semi-finalist Irina Kit has been accused of stealing the chorus of Akon‘s song “Bananza (Belly Dancer)” for her own entry “Baby Don’t Cry”.
Serj Coston, one of the acts whose song was rejected during yesterday’s live auditions, has accused the jury of “listening to the songs with the a**” and not the ears. In an angry Facebook post, he put the choruses of the two songs next to one another and says that the entries ought to have been checked for plagiarism before the live auditions.
Judge for yourselves:
Here is Irina Kit’s live audition from yesterday, in its entirety:
Irina Kit, whom you might remember as Irina Kitoroaga from the 2015 national selection, acknowledged the resemblance, but claimed innocence as she was not the songwriter. She was quoted by the local media as vowing “to rectify the mistake and totally change the chorus.”
TRM is yet to comment on this.
Update on January 25: Sweden Songs, the music publishing company that helped her with the song, have told wiwibloggs that Irina was responsible for the chorus, which is the source of the controversy.
What do you think about this case of acknowledged plagiarism? Should Irina Kit be disqualified or should she be allowed to change the chorus of her song? Sound off below!