One of the songs selected for the semi finals of the Bulgarian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest has been accused of plagarism. The song bares a clear reseblance to the song ani yachol (I can) by Subliminal approximately three years ago. esctoday.com in association with Ma'ariv have contacted the national broadcaster, BNT to confirm that the song is being investigated.
esctoday.com and leading Israeli newspaper Ma'arivhave been investigating the evidence presentedand have been in touch with Bulgarian broadcaster, BNT, this afternoon. Theyconfirmed that:
"we are aware of the news and we are investigating it. The jury has been summoned to make a decision, but there is no further comment at this time. We will make a statement once a decision has been reached".
The song was entered for the Bulgarian pre-selection by performers Pippo & Sashesto and selected amongst the 18 semi finalists to compete for the right to represent Bulgaria. The demo version of their song is available to here on their website and contains both Bulgarian and Hebrew. You can here the track by clicking here. You can find the Subliminalsong here.
Bulgaria will be hoping to qualify to the final for the first time since its debut in 2005 with Kaffe's Lorraine. in 2006 Bulgarian hopes were also dashed at the first stage with Mariana Popova's Let me cry only ending 17th in the semi.