It has been an interesting week in the Eurovision world with the drama focused on Ukraine. On Saturday, Maruv won the national selection, Vidbir, however on Monday it was announced that she would not be representing Ukraine at Eurovision due to an agreement on the terms of her participation not met.
Over the last few days, the broadcaster has attempted to negotiate with other participants of the national selection, however neither second placed Freedom Jazz nor third placed Kazka accepted the invitation.
It is now official that Ukraine will be withdrawing from Eurovision 2019. The broadcaster has commented, saying,
‘The Eurovision Song Contest is an opportunity for every country to showcase itself in an international area, and for each performer to act as an ambassador of their country and win fans from around the world. But the national selection this year has drawn attention to a systemic problem with the music industry in Ukraine – the connection of artists with an aggressor state with whom we are in the fifth year of military conflict. Whilst for some, these links are acceptable, for others it causes indignation and unacceptance. Given the current situation, and following Ukrainian law on public broadcasting, as well as conditions of excessive politicization of the national selection process, UA:PBC has decided to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.’
The EBU have also commented, saying,
‘Each participating broadcaster is responsible for the selection of their act for the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance to the rules set out by the European Broadcasting Union. It is with sadness that the EBU can confirm that Ukraine’s broadcaster UA:PBC has informed the EBU that, following further discussions, they have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be further discussions between the EBU and UA:PBC on this matter but we hope to see them again in 2020. However, for now, we look forward to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic event in Tel Aviv in May.’