Anastasiya Prykhodko will not sing in Russia again!
KIEV, UKRAINE – In the middle of the Ukraine-Russia turmoil, a new voice has been heard to denounce Russia’s action. Anastasia Prykhodko (or Anastasia Prikhodko), the 2009 Russian entrant, has made it clear that, as a Ukrainian singer, she would never perform in the federation again, no matter what.
Referring to what is happening in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk, she simply declared that she “would never sing for occupiers” since this would be simple betrayal to her nation. Since the beginning of the Crimea crisis, the young singer has been a very active protester. In July, she took part to a tour in Donbass to support the troops.
On Twitter, she even called Russians “studid, narrow-minded, deaf puppets”! At the end of Augsut, Russian channel NTV broadcast a patriotic show called “The 17 Friends of the Junta”. Anastasia was of course introduced as one of them.
Anastasia’s voice does count since she can be considered as a true symbol of the strong link that used to bond the two countries.
In 2007, she rose to fame, winning the seventh edition of the “Fabrika Zvezd (Star Factory)” program, Russian version of the Star Academy format.
Two years later she tried to represent her homeland for the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Moscow. She was eventually, and unfairly, disqualified by Ukrainian broadcaster NTU, but, in a dramatic turn on events, she was chosen to wave the Russian flag on home soil. In May, she performed the dramatic ballad “Mamo”, in both Russian and Ukrainian, finishing 11th of the competition.