Plagiarism accusations have been circling the Euroverse today and in the middle of it all we have Croatia’s Franka Batelic and a Romanian musician that goes by the name Guez.
The beautiful songstress was announced as Croatia’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest on the 13th of February. In some of her interviews following her reveal, Franka has candidly hinted the vibe she will be trying to portray through her entry titled “Crazy”.
However, little did we know that two days before she teased us with her song, a Romanian artist named Guez published a very similar (if not identical) song to the one Franka is set to perform in Lisbon. Starting off with the intro, down to the chorus and even the sudden key change ….. Everything does seem a bit familiar.
Interestingly enough, just to keep up with the timeline of events. Guez released “Ceea ace iubim” on February 24th, while the first teaser of Franka’s mysterious “Crazy” came only two days after, on February 26th.
What makes this revelation extra difficult is the fact that Franka is also credited as the songwriter of her entry, while her long term music partner and composter Branimir Mihaljevic is responsible for the music.
You can Listen to Guez’s song “Ceea ace iubim” here:
Guez gives out a statement
The Romanian artist was not holding back when it came down to sharing his opinions on the topic via Facebook.
Stating that despite publishing the song on February 24th this year, he has gotten the song from an Ukrainian producer in 2017.
Which just makes the entire journey of “Crazy” that much more uncertain and unpredictable.
Franka for Croatia
HRT announced Franka Batelic as their entrant for Lisbon on February the 13th. The singer was chosen through an internal selection. Her name had been going around for quite a while already.
Franka is no stranger to Croatia’s Eurovision scene. In both 2009 and 2010, she entered Dora, the Croatian national final. She lost out both times, to Igor Cukrov and Feminnem respectively.
She is set to represent the Balkan country in the second half of the first semi final on the 8th of May.
Did you manage to spot the similarities? Do you think that Croatia will be allowed to compete at Eurovision with “Crazy” as is?
*We have contacted HRT to follow up with a statement and are still waiting for their reply on the subject*
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