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Withdrawn entry leaves 14 left to compete in Ukraine

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Alina Valuiska, who was due to take part in the show later this month with the song "Olmeca Plage" has been removed form the final list of participants, after it was discovered that her entry broke the competitions' rules. According to the paragraph five of the official guidelines for the National Selection for Junior Eurovision 2015, as published on the official NTU web-site www.1tv.com.ua: 'the compositions (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and made available to the public before 1, May, 2015, and a child is the only rights-holder or co-owner of the rights of the song'.

According to an NTU statement: "The jury of  the National Selection that comprised of the composer and producer Mykhailo Nekrasov, actress and director Ruslana Pysanka, choreographer Anzhela Kopotia and a young singer Anastasiya Petryk, detected the copyright infringement. The music of the song “ T.G.I.F – Thank God it's Friday” (performed by Alina Valuiska) writen by Pretty Lights and Anna Vakha are not original as was indicated in the application as the music coincides with  the music of the song "So Bright feat. Eligh” written by Pretty Lights  from the album "A color Map of the Sun" (2013)." NTU went on to say that they have "received neither the official confirmation that Alina Vluiska was involved in the process of writing the song, nor the documents for rights transfer from the authors Pretty Lights. Taking into consideration the fact of rulesviolation, Alina Valuiska is not allowed to compete in the final of the National Selection for JESC-2015."

This means that 14 acts will contest the national final, which will held on 22 August in Kyiv.

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