Y’all, it’s not stopping. The next stage in the ongoing saga of social media back and forth has come from Germany’s Eurovision 2020 act Ben Dolic. He has spoken out against the comments from former Czech HoD Jan Bors, dropping some scorching hot tea in the process.
The saga is getting complicated but we have summarised it below if you need to catch up. Most recently, ex Czech HoD Jan Bors criticised songwriters that are too focused on Eurovision.
Now Germany’s Eurovision 2020 singer Ben Dolic has come out swinging. Dolic was due to sing “Violent Thing” written by the Bulgarian-Austrian songwriter Boris Milanov — who is also involved in the saga. Dolic made a post on his Facebook page, responding to wiwibloggs’ article on Bors’ comments.
I totally disagree with everything that Jan Bors is saying. I personally, like many other artist that I know would love…
I totally disagree with everything that Jan Bors is saying. I personally, like many other artist that I know would love to perform the current songs on the Eurovision stage! I don’t think the decision of the Reference Group was quite fair. I also remember that Jan Bors called me when we were searching for the right staging concept, saying how much he likes the song and how he would love to do the staging with his team. I guess he would have been talking differently now, if the NDR and Boris gave him the chance 🙂 I personally enjoy working with Boris a lot, as he’s a really professional and talented music producer.
Well… I guess that’s why so many countries want to work with him.
Dolic said he disagreed with Bors’ comments and noted that he didn’t think the EBU’s decision to not allow delegations to reuse their Eurovision 2020 songs was fair.
He also claimed that Bors has contacted him, pitching to do the “Violent Thing” staging. Germany’s singer did not hold back, saying “I guess he would have been talking differently now, if the NDR and Boris gave him the chance.”
Jan Bors bites back
Dolic also left his remarks as a post on Bors’ Facebook post. And this morning, the ex Czech HoD responded.
In the comment, Bors clarified that he had been asked by the German broadcaster to pitch for the “Violent Thing” staging. Among his comments, he also wrote:
“I have nothing against Boris and other songwriters. Like their music kind of, but I don’t like when someone using somebody else or sending kids for self-defence and talking about disrespect when it was the most ridiculous thing to say. Such a violent thing to say and very inappropriate toward the people who are the voice of all delegations and people who bared the responsibility.”
We’re not going to summarise the whole dramatic thing, but you can read it here.
The saga so far
In case you need to catch up, let us summarise the drama so far. It started one week ago when the EBU confirmed that delegations would not be able to reuse their Eurovision 2020 songs at the next edition.
Not everyone was happy with this decision, especially those involved with internally selected songs. Germany’s Thomas Schreiber was among the first to criticise the decision, saying that “huge investments of the 41 participating countries have been destroyed as well as the hopes and dreams of the artists and the Eurovision family.”
Then it was the turn of successful Eurovision songwriter Boris Milanov. He left a comment on a wiwibloggs Facebook post saying that “basically 80% of the songwriters, music producers, labels and publisher are also upset and disappointed” by the decision.
Also chiming in was one of the people behind Azerbaijan’s “Cleopatra”, Greig Watts. In a wiwibloggs comment, he wrote, “Everyone understands that the competition can’t take place in May, no one is arguing that, but the Olympics are postponed and everyone will be allowed to compete again. If this decision stands, these songs are just cast aside, songwriters dreams shattered.”
Then former Czech Republic HoD Jan Bors spoke out. He criticised Eurovision-focused songwriters, saying “Some of them [are] comparing songwriters to Olympians. Some of them take reference group decision as completely disrespectful toward songwriters and some more of this nonsense that one could possibly think that it is a songwriter contest.”
Meanwhile, countries around the world continue the fight against Covid-19.
What do you think? Who else would you like to see pipe up in the ongoing saga over 2020 songs? Or are there bigger things to worry about right now? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.