A “Glorious” Choice in Germany
Valentine’s Night brought us a plethora of Eurovision news, none more exciting than Germany’s National Selection show, “Unser Star für Malmö”. A dozen songs ranging in genre from swinging-60’s to brash brass band to Gregorian chant to electropop took the stage in Hanover, leaving themselves to the mercy of a professional jury, a public televote, and feedback from radio stations from all over Germany.
In the end, only one act could take the victory. After a heart-pounding vote, internationally-acclaimed house act Cascada claimed the win with “Glorious“, nabbing the top score from the public on the night.
Cascada is arguably one of Germany’s most commercially successful acts on an international level, with hit singles such as “Everytime We Touch“, “Evacuate the Dance Floor“, and “What Hurts the Most” (a cover of the megahit previously recorded by Jo O’Meara and Rascal Flatts, among others). Since the release of their first album in 2006, the band has made it to the Top Ten in the charts of at least ten nations, including the United States.
More than a few Eurofans out there have been claiming that “Glorious” is a copy of “Euphoria”, and merely trying to leech off the success of last year’s overwhelming winner. I, however, personally feel that such claims are unfounded. “Glorious” may share some similarities with Loreen’s hit, but it also follows the furrow that Cascada’s previous singles have plowed over the past few years. As I said two years ago when Finland’s Paradise Oskar was criticized for “copying” Belgian performer Tom Dice, potential artists look at what was successful in the previous year’s competition and see that there is a place for their style of work. That isn’t the same as copying. When an artist has an established track record in a genre, as Cascada does, the claim of plagiarism does not hold the same weight.
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