Ukrainian singer Maruv, who won the National selection to Eurovision Song Contest, said that she undertakes pressure in attempts to make her deny from representing Ukraine at the contest.
“Past 24 hours were the most emotional day in my life. I have fairly won the Eurovision 2019 National selection having received maximum support from the viewers and high marks from the jury. And now someone wants to take our victory away,” the singer wrote on Facebook.
She stressed that she was ready to refuse from concerts in Russia and assume all costs related to the participation in the contest.
“I am ready to refuse from performances in Russia. I have answered all the questions the jury had on air. I have not visited Crimea since 2014. I have not violated any law of Ukraine. Besides, I am ready to assume all the costs related to participation in the international contest,” she stated.
The singer told that National Television Company of Ukraine contract bans any improvisation on stage (violation leads to $74,000 fine) and non-consensual communication with the journalists. The document obliges to fulfill any demands and orders of the company.
“I don’t get anything in return from National Television Company of Ukraine: financial aid, organization, international promotion. I have to do a visa by myself,” she wrote.
The company has to give clues concerning rules of the contest and take ten people at their expense under the permission of the National Television Company of Ukraine.
“I feel pressure! And I see clear attempts to make me refuse from representing my country on the international contest Eurovision-2019,” Maruv explained.
Freedom Jazz, Yuko, Maruv, Brunettes Shoot Blondes, Kazka, Anna Maria entered the final of the national selection Eurovision 2019.
The winner of the national selection will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, which will be held in Israeli capital Tel Aviv. Our contestant will sing in the second half of the first semifinal, scheduled for May 14. The second semifinal will be held on May 16, and the final is slated for May 18.