Earlier today, Germany’s Thomas Schreiber released a strongly-worded statement on the EBU’s decision to not allow broadcasters to reuse their 2020 songs in the next edition of Eurovision. And now, Bulgarian composer and producer Borislav Milanov has added further steam to the discussion. In a statement, Milanov criticises the EBU for apparently not considering the opinions of songwriters in their decision-making process.
The Bulgarian producer and successful Eurovision songwriter made his remarks in comments under wiwibloggs’ Facebook post on Thomas Schreiber’s statement. Milanov — the founder of the Austrian-Bulgarian production house Symphonix — explains why he’s not feeling good about the Reference Group’s decision.
Milanov is behind this year’s German entry “Violent Thing” for Ben Dolic, and he also helped write and produce the Bulgarian and Maltese songs.
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Borislav Milanov’s statement on the Reference Group decision
Boris Milanov spoke out about the Reference Group’s decision by dropping some honest words. His remarks came in only a few hours after the released statement of NDR’s Head of Entertainment Thomas Schreiber.
Milanov claimed that not only did the decision affect countries and fans, but that “basically 80% of the songwriters, music producers, labels and publisher are also upset and disappointed.” He also reckoned that there is a fairer solution.
The producer proposed that the EBU should have allowed all the competing countries to decide whether or not to use the same songs for the 2021 contest. He wrote, “Every country should have the choice either to use the same song or not and then carry the consequences and risk for their decision!”
Milanov also stated that “the song are released because we agreed to abide by delivering our works to you by the deadline of March 9th”. This also allows the songs to be included on the Eurovision YouTube channel.
The songwriter went on, “The same rules you are claiming now, that make them invalid for next year’s ESC. Almost all writers and publishers would have never released these songs in that way otherwise and would have used it differently”.
To him, the song is central to the composition
In a second comment posted a few minutes later, Milanov further examines the Reference Group’s decision. He states that “we just have to look closely at the name of the contest, “The Eurovision SONG Contest”, to understand that the song is central to the composition, and without songwriters, producers and publishers, there would be no songs.”
“This contest started as a contest for composers and songwriters and now it’s turned to a Reference Group Contest serving specific interest and totally ignoring and disrespecting the songwriters and their hard work!”
Borislav says he’s unsure whether the contest will “come back stronger than ever without the Songs and the Songwriters”. The decision, he says, makes “many people, labels, institutions upset and losing the trust in a fair EBU”. Finally, he says that “so many of us are disheartened by this decision, as we have input so much already, but we have no protection over our work”.
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