SVT has revealed their decision following earlier reports of a potential disqualification in Melodifestivalen 2018: Kamferdrops and her entry Solen lever kvar hos dig will continue in the competition.
Earlier today, a report by Nöjesbladet revealed that Kamferdrops’s bidding Swedish entry – Solen lever kvar hos dig – was originally released over 8 years ago by another artist, potentially breaching the rules of the competition.
Following discussions with the songwriters and artists in question, it was revealed that the Swedish national broadcaster – SVT – was to investigate the situation ahead of tonight’s semi-final, with a final solution to be confirmed today.
Kamferdrops to remain in the contest
SVT and Melodifestivalen producer, Christer Björkman, investigated the allegations and checked the background of the song in question, with a decision being made for the artist to continue her participation in the 2018 competition.
Regarding today’s news, Björkman revealed:
After talking with the interested parties, song authors and demo vocalist Jonny Fagerman, we have found that there is no intention of the author to spread the work publicly.
If it was made available to talk about, the demo singer has responsibility for it privately. Copyright is clear that unpublished works may not be presented or published without the permission of the copyright holder. Any such permission should not have been given. Based on the information I have now, Solen lever kvar hos dig is not subject to disqualification.
Kamferdrops will perform in position number 6 in tonight’s first semi-final of Melodifestivalen 2018, competing alongside 6 other artists in the hope of advancing to one of the 2 upcoming stages of the selection.