The Belgian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, "Copycat", has drawn heavy criticism from Belgian Elvis-fans in recent days. They feel that the song is an insult to Elvis’ memory, and want the song withdrawn from the contest. The controversy has attracted international attention, and now one of Elvis’ own songwriters, Michael Jarrett (71), has offered to write a new song for Belgium. Mr. Jarrett wrote one of the King’s favorite songs, “I’m Leavin’”, as well as the Presley Christmas classic “I’ll Be Home On Christmas Day”, which was recently chosen as the 2nd most important Christmas song ever by the Swedish newspaper “Aftonbladet”.
Though he’s a bit bemused by the outrage that the Belgian entry has caused (“Some people get offended at the slightest things these days”, he says), he adds that he’d be more than happy to write a new entry for Belgium: “I would consider it an honor if they would ask me”, he says, “And I’ll be in Europe in May, so maybe I could even be there in person for some of the preparations, and help out with the arrangement and so on”. Mr. Jarrett will be performing in Hasselt, Belgium on May 23rd as part of “The Original Elvis Tribute 2009”, an American production celebrating the King’s legacy