The controversy continues with Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa. Semi-finalist Irina Kit has withdrawn from the contest. This follows the revelation earlier this week that her entry “Baby Don’t Cry” had a similar chorus to Akon’s 2006 hit “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”.
Moldovan broadcaster TRM has given Irina’s place at the semi-final to the next ranked act on their list — Samir Loghin with his song “Glow”.
After four years of trying, this is Loghin’s first time to make it to the O melodie pentru Europa semi-final. Since 2014 he has entered every year, but had previously not made it past the live audition stage.
The controversy around Irina Kit’s song was first pointed out by fellow contestant Serj Coston, whose did not make it to the semi-final. In an angry Facebook post he noted the striking similarities between Kit’s song “Baby Don’t Cry” and Akon’s 2006 hit “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”.
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 earlier quoted by the local media as vowing “to rectify the mistake and totally change the chorus.” (Update: Sweden Songsshe and her team were responsible for the chorus, the music publishing company that helped Irina with the song, says that ).
This is not the first controversy to affect O melodie pentru Europa 2017. Earlier in the week semi-finalist Constantin Cobilean was disqualified after it was discovered his song “Mama” had previously been performed by another artist in a 2015 Russian television performance. His place in the semi-final was given to Nadia Mosneagu and her song “Never Give Up On Us”.
Fans have criticised broadcaster TRM for not throughly screening the songs before selecting the list of semi-finalists.
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