Verka Serduchka, the most famous drag artist in the former Soviet Union, has been awarded an automatic place in the Ukraine’s national Eurovision final. Serduchka, who represented Ukraine at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and placed second, will compete against 19 other singers, who will be selected in a series of 10 semi-finals.
The decision by the NTU, Ukraine’s national broadcaster, is probably an act of atonement for last year’s disastrous selection process. After NTU chose baritone Vasyl Lazarovich internally rather than staging a contest, the public revolted, NTU stripped him of his title and nuclear holocaust crooner Alyosha wound up competing in Oslo.
Verka competing at Eurovision in 2007:
Verka’s video Gop, gop! Jump, jump!