And now, it seems that that the uncertainty will have a knock-on effect on the country’s Junior Eurovision participation.
During a press conference on Monday, Roman Keryk — the man in charge of Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision 2016 entry — made an appeal for financial support.
“We are actively preparing for performances in Malta. And the main issue in the preparation of Sofia [Rol] is the question of financing Ukrainian delegation that will travel with her to the contest (12-13 people). By November 13 we need to collect 580,000 UAH for this trip (over €20,000) – this is the minimum, which includes the cost of hotel and ticket costs at the site.”
Of the 580,000 UAH total needed, the delegation currently has only 50,000 UAH or just under €2,000.
Keryk confirmed that the “Unification of World Cultures” fund (UWCF) was responisble for the 50,000 sum.
The Ministry of Culture is also expected to contribue towards the delegation’s costs.
At the same time, UWCF’s executive director Anastasia Klysakova warned about the possibility of Ukraine missing out on Junior Eurovision 2017.
“We urge patrons, corporate sector and other foundations in our country, that they also gave their support and attention to Sofia Rol. The issue concerns the international image of the state as the next Ukraine’s participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 can be abolished if this year delegation will not go through financial problems.”
Sofia Rol is due to arrive in Malta for the contest next week. Her song “Planet Craves For Love” is already proving to be a fan favourite. One Wiwi Juror was particularly effusive in his praise for the entry:
Smooth, warm, delicious — her voice reminds me of hot chocolate. That’s a good start. And it becomes even better with the song, which channels mystery and a strong ethnic identity. The flowing and memorable chorus anchor the song so well. With the right staging this sophisticated number will transform into art.
There will be major disappointment and more than a few tears if the current difficulties impact negatively on the county’s participation.
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