Kateryna Pavlenko, the lead singer of Go_A, will miss today’s rehearsal and press conference due to illness.
The EBU released the following statement:
“The lead singer of Ukraine’s band Go_A, Kateryna Pavlenko, reported feeling a little unwell this morning. In accordance with the health and safety protocol she has undergone a PCR test for COVID-19 and, as a precautionary measure, Kateryna will miss this afternoon’s rehearsal and press conference.
We wish her good health and will share more information when we have the results of the test.
The other members of Go_A have all tested negative for COVID-19 and will perform with a stand-in singer. They will also attend Ukraine’s press conference later as scheduled.”
If Kateryna tests positive for COVID-19, Go_A will not be allowed to perform in the semi-final on Tuesday and their live on tape performance will be used instead. The other members of the band will also have to be tested and go into quarantine.
Who are Go_A?
Go_A is a folktronica group that was formed in Kyiv in 2012. The band is made up of Kateryna Pavlenko (vocalist), Taras Shevchenko (multi-instrumentalist), Ihor Didenchuk (sopiklar), and Ivan Hrihoryak (guitar). They combine Ukrainian singing styles with modern dance beats, African drums, and guitar.
Source: EBU / Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses
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