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?

 

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Ukrainian patriot

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!

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dutchboy
dutchboy
4 years ago

YES YES would be awesome!

Richard
Richard
4 years ago

I love to see performers having another shot, and her performance was stunningly good in 2009, so yes bring her back fro my favourite Eurovision country I say!

Marcus (Day One)
Marcus (Day One)
4 years ago

Having said that I wouldn’t want her to represent Ukraine.
Ukraine is better than her and needs to keep bringing life into this contest.
Without Turkey and with Greece and Azerbaijan no longer bringing energy into the contest we need them.

I think Ukraine should just keep doing what it has always done
Send excellent songs sung by Divas with huge lungs 🙂

Marcus (Day One)
Marcus (Day One)
4 years ago

Like how Russians say she is saying bad things about them.
However before crimea when she won the national selection for Russia fair and square she was insulted. (Even though the 2 entries that followed her hurt everyones ears)
And Russian retaliate to someone saying bad things about them by declaring them an enemy of Russia.
Insult her and other Ukrainians because rightfully so they hate Russia because few people like to be invaded.
#RussianLogic

Firehunter
Firehunter
4 years ago

She betrayed Ukraine in the past so there should not be chance for return for her. She have to pay for a big mistake.

2015
2015
4 years ago

Just don’t sing in Ukrainian or Russian and she will be fine

Vladimir
Vladimir
4 years ago

I think Ukraine has better performers who have never made it to Eurovision. How about Aida Nikolaychuk for 2016?

Felix Prochain
Felix Prochain
4 years ago

‘Yawn. Anastasia should really only worry when people stop talking about her. You go girl.’

Lol, she should now, because nobody in Russia, actually, gives a f about her. Really. She’s no th in g. And i don’t believe in her return to Esc. She’s done.

DJ Tiggeh
DJ Tiggeh
4 years ago

I loved her song Action

Gabby
Gabby
4 years ago

Please do! But no ballads..

deli
deli
4 years ago

go girl!

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

Yes! I like her

#Mama
#Mama
4 years ago

Her voice is amazing and she has good songs.
But no politics to ESC.

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
4 years ago

Yes please! LOVE her!

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

hell yes! tho i don’t really like her reasoning. keep politics outta eurovision plz.

MirkoJoshua
MirkoJoshua
4 years ago

2016: Ukraine fails to qualify for the first time

Mei International
Mei International
4 years ago

Rainbow29 is clearly Mario under a new name lol

Anyway, I think this could be alright. I mean she’s #Blessed her song qualified automatically way back in 2009. I think her comments have some truth but are a little dramatized. Europe will recognized Ukraine as European, well because, it is in Europe!

kostas stathopoulos
kostas stathopoulos
4 years ago

I believe new singers should take part in eurovision song contest. She has already tried and the result was not satisfactory.

V
V
4 years ago

She said bad things about Polina and her song when it wasn’t even released. And she makes hateful comments about my country.

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
4 years ago

That would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sparrow
Sparrow
4 years ago

I absolutely adore her. Welcome back with open arms!!