She won the first season of Showtime and was announced in February as Croatia’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. But last night Franka found herself at the centre of a scandal, as it emerged a song with the same instrumental track as her Eurovision entry “Crazy” was released online two weeks before Croatia Eurovision entry.
Now the Croatian chanteuse has responded in a post on her official Facebook page.
In the post, Franka clarifies that the songs both have the same producer and suggests “Crazy” is the original track.
Talking about the songs, she says the Romanian artist Guez used the “Crazy instrumental”, which would make his song a copy of hers. If that is the case, it would clear Franka to compete at Eurovision 2018 with “Crazy” in its current form.
She also suggests she and her team are looking forward to hearing “cool, new, “crazy” covers,” on the road to Portugal.
The song Crazy is the product of the work of Karpo media group, and alongside Branimir Mihaljevi?, the song was produced…
There was intense speculation on social media last night as to whether Franka might face disqualification.
Although Eurovision rules are clear on what happens when songs have been performed before the official release date, they’re less clear on what happens when elements of songs, such as instrumental, have been used before Eurovision.
In a similar incident in this year’s Maltese national final, Aidan Cassar’s team were forced to revamp his song to ensure compliance with Eurovision rules. Since Franka’s team suggest her song came first, there shouldn’t need to be any changes to “Crazy”.
Some fans were concerned the “curse of 43” may have struck again. There have only been two occasions where 43 countries competed at the Eurovision Song Contest. In all other cases where 43 countries were announced, something untoward has happened, forcing one country to drop out, such as Russia’s withdrawal last year.
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