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Ireland's entry's fate to be discussed on Thursday

by Itamar Barak 56 views

According to Eurovision-Greece.com, The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will decide on Thursday wether the Irish entry to 2003 Eurovision Song Contest should be disqualified, due to plagiarism allegations made against it.

Ireland's Mickey Harte (picture) was selected to represent the country with We've got the world tonight. The song was quickly accused as being copied from the 2000 Danish Eurovision Song Contest winner, Fly on the wings of love, by the Olsen Brothers.

Keith Molloy, the Irish entry composer, said that the only thing in common between the two songs is “the 3 minutes limit and the same musical key”. Jorgen Olsen, who also composed the 2000 winner said that he finds the rhythm and sound similar, but he does not intend on taking any legal steps.

A spokesperson on behalf of the Irish broadcaster (RTE) reported that this issue will be discussed within the EBU on Thursday, which will declare later on wether the Irish song will be permitted to participate in Riga.

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