He won the second semi-final of Festival da Canção with the powerful ballad “Canção do Fim” (Song of the End), topping both the juries and televote. Hours later, Diogo Piçarra‘s performance was already trending in Portugal as one of the most viewed videos at #2. The hype was and is real going into Sunday’s grand final in Guimarães.
Today, in a shocking turn of events, Diogo Piçarra’s entry was accused of plagiarising “Abre os meus olhos” from clergyman Walter McCallister.
The situation surfaced on social media, as several accounts compared Diogo’s song to a religious anthem from 1986. The singer and composer of the track is also the founder of the New Life Christian Church.
Portuguese media platforms were quick to share the breaking news and the case is already making waves and generating a lot of opinions — some favourable to Diogo, some critical.
RTP – Radio e Televisão de Portugal – is yet to release a statement on the issue, but the phone lines are already open for the final and Piçarra’s song is among them.
DIOGO PIÇARRA – “CANÇÃO DO FIM”
WALTER MCCALLISTER – “ABRE OS MEUS OLHOS”
On the other side of the barricade, Mr. Piçarra was quick to release a statement on his Facebook page to address the issue.
Among other things, the Portuguese star made it clear that he had no knowledge on the existence of the 1986 evangelical song and that he will continue to defend his song as it was created without any second intentions.
Diogo also stressed that we would never take part in Festival da Canção with this song if he knew of the existing similarities. If that was the case, he would sit with his guitar and think of something else.
The star is receiving overwhelming support from his followers and supporters when addressing this delicate issue.
A simplicidade tem destas coisas e só quem não cria arte é que nunca estará nesta posição. Faz parte da vida de um…
Prior to this situation, RTP announced the running order for Sunday’s final of Festival da Canção and opened the voting lines.
FESTIVAL DA CANÇÃO 2018 FINAL RUNNING ORDER
- “Sem Medo” – Rui David
- “Canção do Fim” – Diogo Piçarra
- “Sunset” – Peter Serrado
- “Zero a Zero” – Joana Espadinha
- “Voo das Cegonhas” – Lili
- “Para Sorrir Eu Não Preciso de Nada” – Catarina Miranda
- “Anda Estragar-me os Planos” – Joana Barra Vaz
- “Amor Veloz” – David Pessoa
- “Patati Patata” – Minnie & Rhayra
- “(sem título)” – Janeiro
- “Bandeira Azul” – Maria Inês Paris
- “Para Te Dar Abrigo” – Anabela
- “O Jardim” – Cláudia Pascoal
- “Só Por Ela” – Peu Madureira
What do you think of Diogo’s statement? Do you consider “Canção do Fim” to be plagiarism? Or do you stand by his words? Tell us in the comment section below!