An unknown Israeli singer is accusing the composer of the 2005 Israeli entry Hasheket Shenish'ar of denying her of her rights as co-writer of the song.
Shiri Maymon (pictured) won the Israeli Kdam-Eurovision with the song Hasheket Shenish'ar, which was composed by Pini Aronbayev to the lyrics of Eyal Shahar. Today Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv revealed that an unknown Israeli singer, named Ravit Harel, has filed a law suit demanding to acknowledge her as one of the song's writers. Har'el claims she co-wrote the song with Aronbayev almost a decade ago, when the song was originally written in English. As a proof Har'el presented a genuine recording of the song in it's English version, that she recorded with her own voice some 10 years ago.
Pini Aronbayev does not deny he used to work with Ravit Har'el nor does he deny that the song was originally written in English. Aronbayev claims Har'el was only called to record the song but was not in any stage co-writer of the song. Shiri Maymon's record label manager commented to Ma'ariv: “We are not worried by this and we are moving ahead with our preparations to Eurovision”.
Meanwhile, the IBA reveals that the video clips of all 40 entries in this year's Eurovision Song Contest will be available on it's official website, eurovil, as from March 25th.