Update, 16:00 CET: SVT has just announced that Kamferdrops will not be disqualified from tonight’s semi final. As there was no intention from the songwriters to share “Solen lever kvar hos dig” to the public in the past, the song is allowed to continue to compete.
You can find our original article on this below:
Usually, the drama of Melodifestivalen comes during the show itself. But just hours before the first semi-final in Karlstad, Norwegian singer Kamferdrops finds herself at risk of being disqualified.
Kamferdrops is set to perform her song, “Solen lever kvar hos dig” as the sixth act on stage. But this morning, Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reports that the song has, in fact, been available since 2009 — and performed by a different artist.
Little known Swedish singer, Jonny Fagerman, recorded the song under the title “Solen lever kvar” back in 2009. In an interview, Fagerman has explained that the version of the track he heard was a demo version.
Since then, Fagerman shared the song publically on his Facebook, as well as performing it live on several occasions. As of this morning, the song is gone from all social media. Aftonbladet’s report does contain a recording of the track, which is almost identical to Kamferdrops’ version.
Fagerman says that songwriters Herbert Trus and Dan Attlerud told him that he could no longer use the song last year. When Aftonbladet spoke with Trus, he said that Fagerman was never allowed to share the song, either online on in public.
So far, SVT haven’t confirmed what will happen as a result of this revalation. Christer Bjorkman says to Aftonbladet that there are “grey zones” in the rules.
Obviously, this situations seems very similar to the drama in 2016, where Anna Book was disqualified. There are, however, some important differences between that situation and Kamferdrops’.
Book’s song had quite obviously been intended as an entry to an earlier Eurovision national final. In this case, the demo appears — according to the songwriters — to have been illegally published online.
Whilst the Eurovision rules seem to suggest no song can have been performed before September 1, 2017, that’s also not been too strictly applied in recent years. Songs such as Anouk’s “Birds” and Trijntje’s “Walk Along” were both recorded as demos years before they were entered in to the contest.
Similarly, both Jamala’s “1944” and Alma’s “Requiem” were performed in public ahead of the cut-off date. The EBU deemed these performances too small an audience to matter, however. If Fagerman’s performances were similarly small, the EBU — and similarly SVT — may be willing to give Kamferdrops a pass.
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