The management of Verka Serduchka has confirmed that discussions are underway about the acts involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Verka Serduchka who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 is in discussions regarding involvement in this years contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to management they are currently in discussions with the organisers of this years contest about Verka’s appearance in May.
Verka is one of a number of well known Eurovision acts that are reportedly in talks to be involved in this years contest. Eleni Foureria who finished second for Cyprus in 2018 is also reported to be involved in this years contest.
Who is Verka Serduchka?
Verka Serduchka is a drag character created by Andriy Danylko, Verka is a flamboyant middle aged woman who is regularly joined by her mother. The character was created in the early 1990s and grew to popularity within Ukraine during the late 1990s before touring Eastern Europe in the early 2000s.
In 2007 Verka was selected to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki, Finland. She performed the song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, an energetic pop song featuring an over the top performance. The song was performed in German, English, Ukrainian, and Russian. It caused controversy for narrowly missing out on victory in the contest, with many Western commentators accusing it of being a joke entry and not in the spirit of the contest.
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana brought the country their first win with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”; her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2017 O.Torvald represented the country on home soil with the song “Time”. The group finished in 24th place, Ukraine’s worst result at the contest to date.