UA:PBC has announced that MARUV will not represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
The singer who won Vidbir 2019 on Saturday evening will not be representing Ukraine this May in Tel Aviv. The singer had been subject to intense scrutiny having previously performed in Russia during the past year, as well as having concert dates planned in the country.
UA:PBC put out a statement this afternoon reading:
The public broadcaster and the singer MARUV, who won the national election for Eurovision , did not agree on participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 for a number of reasons.
Singer Anna Korsun (stage name – MARUV) won the National Selection as a result of an honest competition and received the maximum score from the audience. Her performance was highly appreciated by music experts, showbiz and spectators. However, the performer, who will represent Ukraine on the international arena, also has a commitment: after signing the contract with UA:PBC for the time of the contest the performer becomes a cultural ambassador of Ukraine and reports not only his own music, but also becomes the spokesman for the opinion of Ukrainian society in the world. After the negotiations, UA:PBC and the singer MARUV did not find a joint decision on the mission of the representative of Ukraine at the international song contest.
Also according to the rules of Eurovision (clause 2.6), the broadcasting participant must ensure non-political character of the competition. The current situation surrounding the nation-wide election this year has signs of politicization. Public resonance, attempts to exert pressure from the political forces, interfering in the discussion of cultural figures and the information structures of the aggressor country in fact led to the politicization of the results of the national selection.
The public broadcaster also sees in this situation the danger of an escalation of the split of Ukrainian society, which is contrary to the objectives of the Public Broadcasting Company (according to the Law of Ukraine on Public Broadcasting, one of the main tasks of UA:PBC is to promote the consolidation of Ukrainian society (Article 4., paragraph 2)).
The Chair of the UA:PBC board has added that negotiations with a second act will begin tomorrow morning. It is not known whether the second act will be Freedom Jazz who finished 2nd in Vidbir 2019, or another one of the participants from the selection.