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Romania: “On a Sunday” Cleared of Plagiarism Claims

A commission formed by TVR has cleared “On a Sunday” of plagiarism claims that had been reported in the Romanian press.

TVR the Romanian national broadcaster has confirmed that “On a Sunday” has not plagiarised either “Nu ești învins” or “Wayfaring stranger”. The broadcaster was forced to investigate the claims after the Romanian press reported that the nations entry for Eurovision 2019 had copied elements of both songs.

According to the comission which was formed by TVR, “On a Sunday” has not plagiarised either of the songs. However it does contain influences of both of the styles of the songs.

Since winning Selectia Nationala 2019 Ester Peony has been subject to intense criticism and speculation from the Romanian press. The Romanian Parliament discussed her victory which was decided by 7/8 International Jury and 1/8 public vote.

Ester Peony was selected to represent Romania at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, after she won Selectia Nationala. Ester went in to the show as an outsider to win the contest, however she went on to win with five more points than Laura Bretan in second place.

Source: TVR

Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU.

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