The authors of the song Tomorrow I go, which is going to represent Albania in this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, have declared their withdrawal from the contest. The composer Adrian Hila and lyricist Pandi Laco, said that Ledina Celo can go to Kyiv, but with another song. The authors say that the Albanian Radio Television and the mobile company AMC, which held a press conference on Wednesday, have violated the authors' rights.
The authors say they were not invited to this activity. They explained that according to the contract they had with Hila and Laco are the authentic legal representatives of Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest. “Whoever takes our responsibilities violates the copyrights and a case should be filed in the court,” said Adrian Hila.
Tirana's media informs that in the press conference held on Wednesday, present were, Ledina Celo, the director of Radio Tirana, Gezim Podgorica, choreographer Arjan Sukniqi and representatives of AMC, the mobile company which is financially supporting Albania's participation in Kyiv. While Hila and Laco were absent. The authors also say that the organisation of this press conference violates one of the points of the contract signed with RTSH. “According to the contract, the promotion activities, press conferences, are the responsibility of the licensers, who are Adrian Hila and Pandi Laco. They give the right to RTSH to put graphics on air, excluding information for the sponsors,” the authors said.
From the other hand, Hila and Laco are sceptical about Ledina Celo's performance in Kyiv, as according to them she has not made any rehearsal, due to her tours abroad. The director of Radio Tirana, Gezim Podgorica explained that the withdrawal of the song's authors is not due to a conflict between them and RTSH, but with the singer Ledina Celo. “We knew a conflict was opened between the authors and Celo and we have tried to resolve it, bearing in mind the importance of the Eurovision Song Contest for Albania. We failed on finding the common language. But we are still negotiating until the last moment,” Podgorica said.