Ukraine has spared Russia from the only decent competitor at Eurovision 2019 itself as Serhiy Perman, producer, stated at 112 Ukraine’s “Puls” show.
“Who benefits from this situation? Do you understand that is Russia, yes? I have listened to all the participants; the bookmakers put Lazarev first. The only competitor, who closely followed him, according to the bookmakers, was our singer Maruv. You know, Mr. Kyrylenko, (Vice-Prime-Minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko caused a storm by writing a series of tweets indicating that he would prefer the country to withdraw from Eurovision a participant who continued to tour Russia, - ed.), we have eliminated the main competitor of Russia. And who benefits from it? Russia. As usual,” the producer 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 came in second, refused from further participation.