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Austria: suspicions of plagiarism

by Oliver Rau 148 views

The Eurovision season just would not be the same without the usual accusations of plagiarism! Only one day after band Tie Break won the Austrian final song.null.vier with their song Du bist, rumours popped up that they copied parts of Yvonne Catterfield's tune Für Dich from her album Meine Welt, as news.at reports today.

The winners of song.null.vier were already heavily critcised by last year's Austrian representative Alf Poier. According to news.at, the singing comedian named this year's Austrian entry “a musical desaster” and, commenting on the obvious assumption that Tie Break may have won due to the boys good looks, added: “They better should have send the Quelle-catalogue instead!”. Two of the group's members emerged from Starmania, a popular casting show. A fourth band member left the group just days before the Austrian preselection.

Song contest veterans Waterloo & Robinson, who came second in the final, named Poier “a pathfinder”, which prompted him to respond: “So now the path has been blocked again.” There is no official reaction concerning the accusations of plagiarism yet.

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