Yesterday, the Norwegian participants in this year’s Melodi Grand Prix were revealed, and already a scandal has developed.
Freddy Kalas’ song ‘Happy Rush’ has been accused of being a copy of one of his previous songs, ‘Cannabus’ which was released in 2011, with many people on social media pointing out that the chorus of both songs are identical. This contravenes the rules of Melodi Grand Prix which state that all competing songs must consist of 100% original material.
NRK held an emergency meeting today to discuss this matter and Jan-Fredrik Karlsen, the director of this year’s MGP has announced that Freddy will continue in this year’s MGP, but with which song he will participate with will not be known until Thursday. Jan-Fredrik said:
‘We had a good and clarifying meeting. It was an unfortunate situation and everyone was determined to find a solution to the problem. Freddy will continue in the competition, but with what, you will know at 1800 CET tomorrow’.
Will Freddy sing a new song? Or will ‘Happy Rush’ be rewritten? We’ll soon find out!