Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine on Humanitarian Policy Vyacheslav Kyrylenko should take responsibility for the political scandal at the national selection for Eurovision 2019 song contest as Ruslan Bortnyk, political consultant, stated at 112 Ukraine’s “Puls” show.
“Considering the fact that our international image has seriously suffered and the credibility of people, who voted for Maruv and followed closely the competition, is seriously undermined, the issue of the retirement of the vice prime minister on humanitarian policy should be discussed today as he became the core of this political conflict. If we talk seriously from the point of view of the political responsibility,” he stated.
Earlier music producer Volodymyr Bebeshko stated that Ukraine should refuse from the participation in Eurovision 2019.
As we 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 the participation in the contest from Ukraine due to her tour in Russia.
“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.
Maruv won at the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision and should perform with Siren Song in the first semi-final of the Eurovision, which will take place on May 14. Her performance was planned for the second half of the show.
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.