Romania: Giulia Nahmany disqualified

by Stella Floras 285 views

The allegations that the song Make it, submitted by Giulia Nahmany in the Romanian pre selection, was very similar to Risin' by Belgian singer Natalia, were proven to be true. As a result, the song was disqualified, so we will see eleven songs in the first Romanian semi final on Saturday 27 January.

As it was first reported by our partner site Belgovision.com a few days ago, the two songs sounded suspiciously similar, sharing the same structure. The matter was investigated and today it was confirmed by EMI Music Publishing Romania SRL, the distribution company of Risin´, as well as other TVR music experts that it is indeed a case of plagiarism.

Dan Manoliu, Head of the Romanian National Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, stated: "We regret what happened but if we had ignored this situation, we would have risked turning this contest into a masquerade". Mr Manoliu went on to say that he respects Giulia as an artist, but he hopesTVR's immediate actionwill serve as a warning to anyone who doesn't take the contest seriously.

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Stella Floras

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