Bulgaria Replaces Eurovision Song over Copyright Issues
The Bulgarian National Television has announced that it is withdrawing the song Kismet from the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
The decision was made after it became clear that BNT could not reach an agreement about copyright, in accordance with the requirements of the international competition, with one of the authors of the song, Jonatan Tesei, a musician and producer from Argentina.
BNT says that it was misinformed by the Bulgarian producer of the song Kismet that all copyright issues had been settled.
BNT was informed that Jonatan Tesei was not consulted about the final version of the song. In line with the requirements of the contest, BNT must provide a final audio track version, with no further adjustments, by March 18 2013.
For these reasons, BNT has decided that it will enter the song "Only Champions" in Eurovision 2013. This song won the jury vote and was second among viewers' preferences.
Samo Shampioni, written by Elitsa Todorova and Kristian Talev, will be the Bulgarian entry at the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö. All three songs in the national final of Bulgaria were performed by the duo Elitsa & Stoyan.