The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes Eurovision, commented on Ukraine’s refusal from participation in the contest, which is to be held in Tel Aviv this year. The representatives of the Union hope Ukraine will perform in 2020, as the official statement published on the website of the song contest says.
“Each participating broadcaster is responsible for the selection of their act for the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance to the rules set out by the European Broadcasting Union. It is with sadness that the EBU can confirm that Ukraine’s broadcaster UA:PBC has informed the EBU that, following further discussions, they have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be further discussions between the EBU and UA:PBC on this matter but we hope to see them again in 2020. However, for now, we look forward to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic event in Tel Aviv in May,” the statement says.
As it was reported, Ukraine will not send its representative to Eurovision-2019.
Earlier it was reported that singer Anna Korsun (Maruv) would not present Ukraine at the song contest Eurovision-2019. Maruv said that she was forced to refuse from representing Ukraine due to her tour in Russia.
Besides, STB Channel stated that the rules of the national selection for Eurovision do not contain demands on the absence of the tours in the Russian Federation. It also added that only the National Television Company of Ukraine can decide who will present Ukraine during the Eurovision.
On February 26, Freedom-jazz girls band, which got the second place in the national selection for Eurovision song contest, refused to participate in it. Later, Kazka band, which took the third place, also refused to present Ukraine at Eurovision.