Back in May, Ukraine announced their return to Eurovision 2016. It was welcome news after the country withdrew from Eurovision 2015 over its ongoing political crisis. Since then we’ve been waiting for news and yesterday it came in the form of Miss Anastasia Prikhodko — the Ukrainian who sang for Russia at Eurovision 2009 in Moscow. (Yes: she who aged so gracefully on her LED screen).
Writing on Facebook, Anastasia said that she’s keen for a return and asked her fans to say whether she was worthy of the opportunity. Here’s the rough translation:
Last year, Ukraine did not participate in Eurovision. A lot of the statements were made, both bad and good. We all know the main reason is war and its consequences! But in my opinion a project like Eurovision is notable and important to each European country! Ukraine is Europe, and we need to confirm it. It’s the only way other European countries will perceive us as equals! So in my opinion this year Ukraine has to take part in Eurovision. In 2009 I was already on this forum, but as a representative of another country. My dream is try my hand at Eurovision again, but under the flag of my native country! What do you think, dear friends? Whether or not Ukraine takes part this year, am I a worthy representative of Ukraine?
Anastasia has been an active pro-Ukrainian campaigner ever since the Ukraine-Russia conflict heated up at the end of 2013. Last year Anastasia vowed never to sing in Russia again following a smear campaign on Russian television. On August 31 of that year, Russia’s NTV aired a program called “17 Friends of the Junta”, which portrayted Anastasiya as an anti-Russian rebel. It included footage of her estranged Russian grandmother crying and describing her granddaughter as a source of shame for the family. Separately, the Russian singer Iosif Kobzon described her 2009 Eurovision performance as “disgraceful” and called her a “street girl…who swears like a prostitute.”
Yawn. Anastasia should really only worry when people stop talking about her. You go girl.
Her latest single “Zatselovana” really slays the pack. Do you want to see her at Eurovision? And with a song like this?
What do you think? Would you like Anastasia back at Eurovision? Let us know what you think below!