Saturday 16 December 2017

Cascada’s Eurovision entry for Germany accused of plagiarism

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE German Eurovision entry by Cascada has been accused of plagiarising last year’s winning song, ‘Euphoria’ by Loreen.

Cascada’s song ‘Glorious’ was selected over the weekend at the German selection ‘A Song for Malmo’ to represent the country in Sweden later this year.

A musical audit commissioned by the country’s leading tabloid paper ‘Bild’ found that the two songs are “absolutely identical”.

“The chorus uses the same accentuation, the ending peaks with the same combinations. The singers even use the same breathing methods," said the expert, Tina John.

A spokesperson for the German broadcaster behind the entry, NDR, said: “Every year there are attempts to create scandals around the Eurovision Song Contest and the participant.”

However she added the station had commissioned an musical audit of its own to ensure that the song was an original work, as all entries into the Eurovision must be original.

The lead singer of Cascada, Natalie Horler said: “If you like, we can superimpose one song on the other. They are two different songs.”

While the song has gained huge attention in the German media, it is believed no official complaints have been received by Eurovision organisers.

A Eurovision expert added: “There is only so much that can be done with a three minute song. ‘Euphoria’ wasn’t the first song to follow this arrangement and ‘Glorious’ certainly won’t be the last.”

The Irish selection for the 2013 Eurovision takes place this Friday on the Late Late show, with the Eurovision taking place in Malmo in May.

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