The Ark, the big favourites of tonight's semifinal in Melodifestivalen are accused of plagiarism. British song writer Barry Mason tells Swedish newspaper Expressen that he believes that their entry “The Worrying Kind ” is a plagiarism of one of his songs.
The song Mason refers to is Love Grows (Where my rosemary goes), a UK number one for several weeks in 1970. He reports that some parts of The Ark's songare so similar to his, that he now is seriously concidering taking legal action against The Ark.
Ola Salo, the singer of The Ark, and the author of The Worrying Kind says to Expressen that he has expected to get questions like this. "Many songs in Melodifestivalen are similar to other songs, as long as there is something original in them, it doesn't matter if they remind you of another song" he says.
SVT representatives Christer Björkman and Martin Österdahl say that they are surprised about the accusations and that SVT won't take any actions at all against The Ark unless an offical claim is made.
The Ark will perform their song The Worrying Kind" as song number 8 in tonight's Melodifestivalen semi final from Göteborg. They are considered to be one of the big favourites in the contest – not only in this semi final, but also in the grand final in Stockholm.