The continent’s leading Eurovision blog has posted a story calling into question the legitimacy of one of MESC’s frontrunner songs, Dai Laga.
Wiwiblogs did some digging into Aidan Cassar’s entry after it stood out from the pack as one of the favourites to win this year’s local competition. Dai Laga has amassed 23,000 views on the official lyric video, but the musical composition which contributes to its stand-out factor may be the thing that sends it packing.
According to the post, Dai Laga’s backing track is taken from popular music website Beatstars, and then slightly embellished. While there is no rule that states you cannot buy a track online, the rulebook does insist that the song “must not have been commercially released before the 1st September, 2017”.
And Come Alive (the backing track) was released in September 2016.
The website says there is a discussion to be had on the grey area surrounding the backing track. While this reveal shouldn’t result in an automatic disqualification, the Broadcasting Authority must flag the issue with the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
While many defended the young artist’s talent and his right to carry on in the competition, other comments from the public have slammed Cassar for trying to skirt the rules; some have even pointed out he recently added a writing credit for a song that when Shazam’d results in a different track.