ITALY – The performance of Bugo and Morgan at the fourth gala of the Festival di Sanremo 2020 became one of the most controversial and iconic episodes in the history of the contest.
After a discussion behind the scenes, Morgan altered part of the lyrics of the song “Sincero”, with several references to Bugo who … left the stage.
The pair refused to return to the stage and ended up disqualified from the competition. Several months later, the controversy between the two singers continues…
Morgan was a member of the AmaSanremo judging panel, which chose participants from the Giovani category in the Italian competition, having resorted to social media to regret their exclusion from the Festival di Sanremo 2021, hours before the announcement of RAI1, making harsh criticisms of Amadeus.
“If Amadeus announced that he excluded me from the competition and took Bugo, it would be the most dishonourable and incorrect thing I have ever suffered in my life,” wrote Morgan on Instagram.
The artist’s statement led to his exclusion from the competition jury:
“Following Morgan’s unacceptable behaviour, with public and private offensive statements, to the director Amadeus and the Festival organization led to the exclusion of the artist from the television jury” announced Amadeus in the broadcast television.
However, the controversy reignited … after Bugo, singer with whom Morgan took the stage at the Festival di Sanremo 2020, was announced as one of the contestants of next year’s edition.
“They prevented me from cleaning my image (…) I am being hunted like a criminal and being mistreated and intimidated, with accusations against me and the quality of a musician. Amadeus despised my music and decided to give space and visibility to those who benefited from me. Bugo is honoured again and I am excluded and I was never able to show my work again”.
Morgan continued with statements addressed to Amadeus, stressing that last year’s controversy gave visibility to the contest:
“What a mistake they did not recognize that last year, due to my unforeseen performance, the Festival, RAI and Bugo gained fame, money and I work while I, the author, received nothing. I was criticized, suffered trials without the right to defend myself on television … I was never invited again and I was accused of being impulsive and uncontrollable. “