HUNGARY – It was at the end of the previous semi final when the hosts of A Dal announced that the organisers of the national selection are investigating an issue of plagiarism. Well today MTVA announced that Petruska’s entry “Help me out here” is out of the final as it was proven that the song was copied from the song “White Sky” by Vampire Weekend. Gergő Oláh and the Hozzád bújnék are relaxing the disqualified entry. The final line up:
Acoustic Planet – Nyári zápor
Bence Vavra – Szótlanság
Bogi Nagy – Holnap
Fatal Error – Kulcs
Gergő Oláh – Hozzád bújnék
Gergő Szekér – Madár, repülj!
Joci Pápai – Az én apám
The Middletonz – Roses
In his statement András Petruska explains being shocked with the expert opinion that his song is plagiarism.
“Since my song is based on the most basic harmonic triad of the pop music and is in the shuffle rhythm of blues music, if someone wants to find something at all costs, it will be easy. However, this does not automatically mean plagiarism. I read the expert opinion, and I appreciate the decision of the program makers. Along with all this, I disagree with the judgment. I do not want to fight myself back into the field of A Dal 2019, but I will not let myself to stay in such an unworthy position as a songwriter.
If we are looking for origins, Help Me Out of Here is inspired by the traditional dance music of Zimbabwe and Malawi, and I will not tell you a big secret that I am not the only one to draw inspiration from here. The fact that from the similar source can be born western pop with similar feelings is not unprecedented, and sometimes there can be an unfortunate coincidence, even though I have to admit that I still disagree with the recognition of mood resemblance by the expert.
I’m shocked at the moment, I’m sad and not at all due to the loss of my participation. I am trying to build up my professional life carefully, constantly trying to make my songs say something, so that people can connect with them, and by the way I am experimenting with musical expressions that I may be able to color the popcultural palette of the country”