As Europe comes to terms with the shock news that Ukraine will sit out Eurovision 2015, influential Ukrainian producer Timofey Nagorny is offering his assistance to help Kyiv participate next year in Vienna.
Hours after state broadcaster NTU made the announcement that it was taking a break, Nagorney told Russian-language newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” that he would help creatively and financially if Ukraine will have him.
“If NTU cannot organize the selection, I am willing to do it for them,” he said. “I am ready to pay all the expenses for the preparation of the act, who will be able to represent Ukraine at the international competition. I do not even have to like the candidates. I can’t guarantee Ukraine first place, but the top ten I can guarantee.”
That’s not hot air. Narogny was the man behind Mika Newton, who, in 2011, took an OK song all the way to fourth place at Eurovision in Düsseldorf. He helped dream up the magical staging that featured Kseniya, the world’s most famous sand lady.
For Nagorney, this is about a lot more than putting on a good show.
“I believe that Ukraine should participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. Our country should give the world some positive news beyond the battlefield. And if you make a good show, choose a serious song, it will not look vulgar and out of place [in light of the situation in Ukraine]. Before disclosing such a decision, [NTU should have] thought things over, weighed them, and most importantly, consulted with the people.”
Could this signal the start of a comeback for Ukraine? We’ll keep our fingers crossed…
Mika Newton at Eurovision 2011
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)