ESCKAZ.COM REPORTS / UKRAINE – Maruv was crowned the winner of the Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest preselection, but her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv is not certain yet.
During the live broadcast, host of the show Serhiy Prytula has read out official statement of EBU member, broadcaster UA:PBC:
“STB proposes all the participants of the national selection and conducts the national selection show. UA:PBC in its turn, for the fourth year in a row, has not only the right to approve the participants of the national selection, but also the right to approve the representative from Ukraine, since it is with the UA:PBC that chosen artist signs the relevant agreement for the participation in the international contest”.
Singer MARUV was questioned throught the national preselection on her tour performances in Russian Federation. During the final show, she was even asked to confirm her stand on Crimea, and she had to declare that it is part of Ukraine.
“Someone picks up a weapon, and I try to spread peace with songs and music”, singer stated. “I want to remind once again that the Eurovision contest was created after the Second World War, so that the countries would unite, some kind of common celebration appeared, so that they could share culture, and I think this is cool. First of all, this is a song contest, and not a political election.”
Singer has four scheduled appearances in Russia: 28 February / Zvukovaya Dorozhka Awards, 5 April / Zhara Music Awards, 6 April – Solo Concert in Izvestia Hall in Moscow, 12 April – Solo Concert in Aurora Concert Hall in St.Petersburg.
After the show, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine has made the following statement:
“I can just once again repeat opinion of many: The representative of Ukraine can not be an artist who toured in the aggressor state, plans to do it in the future and sees nothing unacceptable in this. Therefore, the story with the selection of participant from Ukraine is far from complete.”
Recall, that earlier he stated: “If to the Eurovision from Ukraine will go those artists who tour in Russia, and still demonstratively intend to do it in the future, then it is better that nobody goes there at all. There is no need to waste time explaining that in reality, between Ukraine and the Russian Federation is not about friendship and tours, but aggression, annexation and occupation”.
“The public broadcaster has provided the winner of the national selection for the review contract with the terms of the participation in the international Eurovision Song Contest. The official announcement of the representative of Ukraine at the Eurovision 2019 will be made on completion of the check of musicians for compliance to the conditions and after the signing of the contract”, stated UA:PBC at the end of the preselection show.
UKRAINE 2019 🇺🇦 VIDBIR FINAL
|PARTICIPANT(S)||SONG TITLE||JURY||PUBLIC||TOTAL||RANK||OIKOTIMES POLL|
|Maruv||" Siren song "||5||6||11||1|
|Kazka||"Apart"||3||5||8||3||Predicted to win|
|Brunettes Shoot Blondes||"Houston"||2||3||5||4|
|Anna Maria||"My Road"||1||2||3||6|