The Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 is believed to sound too much like another song, according to a music composer and producer in the country. Still, the term plagiarism has not been raised, as explained by the Belgian Flemish broadcaster VRT, and the journey of Laura Tesoro to Stockholm seems to continue as planned.
It is quite usual to hear claims of similarities between songs, and Eurovision entries are quite a regular in those discussions. Loïc Nottet’s entry Rhythm inside was compared to a song by Lorde. There were claims of likeness between Sweden’s Heroes and David Guetta’s Lovers on the sun, even after the victory by Mans Zelmerlöw.
The Belgian entry this year, What’s the pressure, performed by Laura Tesoro, seems to be following suit, as the Belgian artist Miguel Wiels stated that the Eurovision track and Sax, by Fleur East, have an identical production taste, as reported by Het Nieuwsblad.
Wiles stated that it is not plagiarism, because for such claim the melody or a part of the lyrics must be copied, but the back beats in both songs are undeniably the same. It wouldn’t surprise me if the producer who wrote the latter had heard the former before.
The Belgian Flemish broadcaster VRT was in charge of the country’s Eurovision entry this year. The spokesperson for VRT, Hans Van Goethem, has stressed that there is no claim of copying. There is likeness, the feeling is the same, he explained. Still “What´s the pressure” was ready a long time ago. It was written by Selah Sue and her demo is from before January, when the song was presented in Belgium, Mr. Goethem further indicated.
Laura Tesoro won the Belgian national selection Eurosong 2016 with What’s the pressure, earning the ticket to sing her track for Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.