The management of Freedom Jazz have stated that the group have not yet been approached about representing Ukraine at Eurovision 2019.
Speaking to KP.ua, the management of Freedom Jazz have confirmed that the Ukrainian broadcaster has yet to approach them about representing Ukraine in Tel Aviv. The trios management stated:
We learned about the decision of the public broadcaster only 20 minutes ago. Proposals from UA:PBC about the candidacy for the contest have not yet been received
The trio were runners up in the final of Vidbir, having lost out to MARUV by just 1 point. UA:PBC has confirmed that talks will begin tomorrow morning with a second act regarding whether they will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2019. The broadcaster has not stated which act this is.
MARUV and UA:PBC could not reach an agreement regarding the contract that would have enabled MARUV to represent Ukraine. The singer was under heavy scrutiny for having performed in Russia as well as having concerts planned in the nation in the coming months.
Freedom Jazz have also performed in Russia, like MARUV who decided earlier this evening not to represent Ukraine at Eurovision. The trio according to their Facebook page performed in Moscow last June.
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.