“Singer Maruv won the National Selection to Eurovision. The Public broadcaster proposed to conclude an agreement on representing Ukraine, as it usually does each year. Yet, after negotiations, Maruv refused to sign it,” the statement reads.
Besides, National TV Company of Ukraine informed that they could have selected any participant from the Nationa Selection. However, they refused to do so as they respect the viewers’ choice. Therefore, the company appealed to the finalists of the National Selection. Freedom Jazz and Kazka bands rejected the offer to represent Ukraine at Eurovision-2019.
National-Selection-2019 attracted the attention of the community to the systematic problem of the music industry in Ukraine: ties of the performers with aggressor state still remain close, though it has been five years since the military conflict started.
“In this situation, following the law on public broadcasting and amid extreme politicization during the National Selection, it was decided to refuse from participating in the International song contest Eurovision-2019,” the statement says.
The Public broadcaster initiates social dialogue in a form of a talk-show, forums, and discussions with the participation of leading experts of this sector to make the position of the Ukrainian community towards this problem and to develop draft law which could regulate situation with the cooperation of the Ukrainian performers with the aggressor state in the future.