KAZKA will not represent Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Runners up in Ukraine’s Eurovision selection Vidbir 2019, KAZKA, have rejected UA:PBC’s proposal to represent their country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. So far both Freedom Jazz and KAZKA have declined the offer, but the other finalists (Anna Maria, Brunettes Shoot Blondes and YUKO) are still in the running.
The group took to their social media, explaining that:
“We want and would be honored to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision. We put a lot of effort, energy, time into this desire. We have entered the National Selection for this. But we don’t need a victory at any cost. Our mission is to unite people with our music and not sow discord.
Therefore, we have a clear answer to the UA:PBC proposal: we will not go to the Eurovision in 2019. At the same time, we don’t give up on our main goal – to bring Ukrainian culture to the world. We are ready to represent Ukraine the next year if we are chosen. In the meantime, we move on and wait for all of you on our concerts around the world.”
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Ми хочемо i мали б за честь представляти Україну на Євробаченні. Ми вклали в це бажання багато сил, енергії, часу. Ми за цим йшли на Нацвiдбiр. Але нам не потрібна перемога будь-якою ціною. Наша місія — об’єднувати людей своєю музикою, а не сіяти розбрат. Тому на пропозицію НСТУ у нас є чітка відповідь: ми не поїдемо в 2019 році на Євробачення. У той же час ми не відмовляємося від своєї головної мети — нести українську культуру світові. Ми готові представити Україну на конкурсi в наступному році, якщо нас оберуть. А поки ми рухаємося далі і чекаємо всіх вас на наших концертах усiм свiтом.
Upon discovering this, Oleksandra Koltsova, member of the Board of the UA:PBC, has called the current situation a crisis – “It seems to me that now, in this situation, this is a crisis for which there is no definite, correct answer, because society is divided.”
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: esckaz / KAZKA
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.