Participant of Norwegian MGP 2016 forced to change song
Two days ago, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK revealed the 10 names and songs that will compete to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
However, it didn’t take long before it was pointed out on social media that one song sounded awfully familiar.
Danger of being disqualified
Along with the release of the artist and song names were also clips of the songs. Many people then started to point out to NRK on their various social media profiles that Freddy Kalas’ song “Happy Rush” sounded very similar to his 2011 single “Cannabus,” where he provided the vocals.
“Happy Rush” was created by Freddy’s younger brother Simen Auke, Mikkel Christiansen, Trond Opsahl, Christoffer Huse and Freddy Kalas himself.
Since the rules of MGP state that all songs must be fully original, it placed Freddy in danger of being disqualified from the big show.
Freddy stays, with a new song
Following an emergency meeting, the head of MGP, Jan Fredrik Karlsen, has decided to allow Freddy Kalas to stay in the competition. The song, however, has to be changed to adhere to the rules.
Instead, Freddy was given 24 hours to create a new chorus for the song, which he has done. The result is the new song which is now called “Feel Da Rush.” Jan Fredrik enthusiastically states that it has resulted in an even cooler song.
Didn’t think it would be a problem
Freddy fully admits using the same refrain as his previous song, but did not think it would present a problem using an old song to make something even better.
Jan Fredrik doesn’t expect the incident to go over smoothly, but states that the variety of the music in the show is important. “Bring it on, I will take that discussion. But the variety of the music is very important when we’re trying to fill a two-and-a-half hour show, and we believe that no one represents the popular youth culture better than Freddy,” he said to nrk.no.
The one-night final of Melodi Grand Prix 2016 airs live from Oslo Spektrum on February 27.
Photo: KIM ERLANDSEN / NRK