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Ukraine: Freedom Jazz Reject Proposal to Go to Eurovision 2019

Freedom Jazz will not represent Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Runners up in Ukraine’s Eurovision selection Vidbir 2019, Freedom Jazz, have rejected UA:PBC’s proposal to represent their country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The proposal has been sent to both Freedom Jazz and KAZKA so far as runners up in the selection, but the other finalists (Anna Maria, Brunettes Shoot Blondes and YUKO) are still in the running.

Freedom Jazz took to their social media, thanking their fans for all their support, and stating that:

“We will be writing songs, doing fascinating productions and making art. Maybe some day, we will once again enter the national selection,”

Ukraine originally selected MARUV to represent the country with “Siren Song”, however the singer and broadcaster could not come to an agreement on her participation for a number of reasons. MARUV 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.

Source: Freedom Jazz

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.

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