If you’re anything like me, and a hopeless romantic, you’ve been planning your proposal and wedding since you were seven years old — mainly because you got into the habit of watching Say Yes To The Dress with your Mom on Friday afternoons. Perhaps you want to be whisked away to Greece and asked the big question at sunset, or maybe you want a treasure hunt of important places in your relationship with a surprise engagement party with all your friends and family at the end.
Regardless of what you want, I’m sure we can all agree that we want it to be thoughtful, polished, and personalized. So I’m just going to come out and say I had chills, and not the good kind, during Season 4 of Love Is Blind when Zack Goytowski started off his proposal to Irina Solomonova by saying the words “I wrote you a song.” TW: the second-hand embarrassment is a lot.
Now honestly, while it’s very clear he will not be quitting his day job to become the next hottest pop star, I have to give him credit for the whole original song idea. But, like most men, he disappointed me. Writing an entire song for someone you’ve spent minimal time with (especially when you are having cameras shoved in your face) seems too good to be true… and I hate to break it to you, but it is.
Now the only thing cringier than clearly under-preparing the love song you’re going to sing to your hopefully future fiancé, is lying that you wrote the song! Entering the chat: “Sara’s Song” by Ludo. Honestly, I thought I had seen it all, but reality TV continues to amaze me and all I can say is I hope Ludo is getting their royalties.
Now, the internet did explode at this possible plagiarism by Goytowski, so he took to social media to confront the rumors and set the record straight. Did y’all just forget this man is a lawyer?
While I’m definitely not team Zack, this does seem to be a case of what the internet does best — taking things out of context to create a scandal. He does have the receipts where he showed unseen footage of him disclaiming that he didn’t actually write the song, but changed the lyrics to the song by his favorite band; So I guess I believe him.
Either way whoever was in charge of the editing was pure genius, or evil depending on how you look at it, because they had Twitter erupting.
OK, so he passed the plagiarism check, but here’s a word of advice: If you’re going to propose to your SO, either sing a meaningful song from your relationship, or write a true original, but under absolutely no circumstance change the lyrics to an already released song.
So, here’s to hoping we hear more about the song at the reunion on April 17. Perhaps a live rendition?