Less than ten hours following the press conference announcing the eight finalists for Vidbir 2022, Ukraine’s Eurovision 2022 selection, Suspilne has announced that it had to disqualify LAUD. This follows the discovery that his songwriter had published the song online in 2018. Barleben will replace him.
LAUD planned to enter the selection with “Head Under Water”, written by Dutch singer-songwriter Daniël Boting. Boting uploaded a live acoustic version of the song onto YouTube in July 2018. Although the video of the song only had a few hundred views, that was enough for LAUD to get disqualified in the selection.
LAUD disqualified from Vidbir 2022, replaced by Barleben
Suspilne announced the news through its Instagram page, writing:
“The organisation committee of the national selection for Eurovision has taken the decision on the termination of the participation of LAUD in the selection, as it was revealed that the submitted song – Head Under Water – was published in 2018, directly against the rules.”
“The organisation committee of the national selection conducted additional research, in which it was confirmed that the song Head Under Water was published by its author Daniël Boting on his personal YouTube channel in 2018.”
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LAUD rose to fame through his earlier participations in Vidbir. In 2022, he planned to enter with the song “Head Under Water”, which he released as one of the tracks on his debut album DUAL last year.
Barleben, a soul singer from the Zhytomyr Oblast, took LAUD’s place. Oleksandr Barleben gave up his job in Ukraine’s SBU to become a singer and a public persona in general. Later he auditioned for both X Factor and Holos krainy, but did not make it far in either competition. He is set to sing “Hear My Words”.
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