The organisers of the Selection nationala 2007, the Romanian national selection, decided that the two songs Dracula, my love and Lovestruck, accused of plagiarism, remain in the semi final of 3rd February, after having been analysed by three professionals: Dan Dediu , Mihai Alexandru and Adrian Ordean .
The three personalities of Romanian music who studied the songs concluded that, despite the resemblances between the national selection songs and those considered original, they couldn’t be considered as theft. "Another testimony, accompanied by a computer analysis, shall be broadcast after the final show, in order to eliminate any suspicion”, said Dan Manoliu, coordinator of the Eurovision Song Contest national selection.
Manoliu also appreciated UCMR (Romanian Union of Composers and Musicians) initiative to gather the next day, for submitting the two songs to their own examination."It is a very good initiative, given the vehement discussions around the theft accusations of this year Eurovision contest. As organizer, TVR can only wish that the official organization, which includes composers and musicians, analyses the cases and makes order among musicians. Maybe this way there will be fewer unpleasant surprises next year", he added.
Dan Dediu (composer, musical science PhD, professor at Music Academy in Bucharest – composition department, UCMR member), Mihai Alexandru (composer, author of Don’t break my heart – the song that represented Romania at Eurovision 2003, performed by Nicola, ending 10th with 73 points) and Adrian Ordean (composer) are the three specialists who analysed the two songs. The unanimous conclusion was that Dracula, my love (compared to E-Type’s When religion comes to town) could be considered as a 'melodic borrowing', but not a copy. As for Indiggo’s Lovestruck (suspected as a plagiarism of Petra Nielsen Tango, Tango), they agreed that it could merely be called an 'auto plagiarism', as it belongs to the same composer and he seemed to have kept the same style. With Dan Dediu mentioning that ''ethical implications are not questioned in their analysis'', the three composers decided that neither Dracula, my love, nor Lovestruck could be accused of plagiarism.
The second semi final in the Romanian selection will be held on Satruday. Eventually, twelve entries will compete in the national final on 10th February. You can find the complete line-up here.