Yesterday he faced allegations that his Festival da Canção song “Canção do Fim” (Song of the End) plagiarised “Abre os meus olhos” from clergyman Walter McCallister.
And tonight Diogo Piçarra — the clear winner of the second semi-final on Sunday — has decided to withdraw from the competition.
He made the announcement on Facebook, writing that he does not intend to “feed this cloud” of drama any more.
To all this family, I inform that I have decided to finish my participation in Festival da Canção.
There are no words to thank for all the support and affection I have received in the last 24 hours from colleagues in my profession, friends, family and fans.
My position remains the same in relation to my music — a clear conscience and head up. But I do not intend to feed this cloud any more. Everything that has been created around my participation is no longer Music.
I want to say how proud it would be to represent my country in a competition like Eurovision, but it no longer makes any sense to even try to win that opportunity.
My career and life do not depend on this, it just depends on you and in that sense I know that I will ALWAYS be in good company.
To all the competitors, I hope that Festival da Canção will result in the next Eurovision 2018 winner, and I will be here, like all the Portuguese, to applaud standing.
Thanks for everything.
Shortly after the semi-final on Sunday, the performance was already trending in Portugal as one of the most viewed videos at #2. The hype was very real — and well ahead of next Sunday’s grand final in Guimarães.
The plagiarism 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, generating a lot of opinions — some critical, some understanding, others indifferent.
RTP — Rádio e Televisão de Portugal — released the following statement:
RTP understands and respects Diogo Piçarra’s decision to withdraw “Canção do Fim” from Festival da Canção 2018.
The broadcaster never doubted the integrity of Diogo, whose career speaks for itself. The song “Mensageira”, composed by Aline Frazão and sang by Susana Travassos is, therefore, qualified for the final.
RTP thanks Aline and Susana the fair play in accepting this participation. The final of Festival da Canção 2018 will take place in Guimarães, this Sunday at 21H00 GMT.
DIOGO PIÇARRA – “CANÇÃO DO FIM”
WALTER MCCALLISTER – “ABRE OS MEUS OLHOS”
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
- “Mensageira” – Susana Travassos
- “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!