He entered the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as a huge fan favourite, and ultimately placed seventh with televoters in the grand final. But, more curiously, MELOVIN finished dead last with the professional juries during the grand final. It’s a result that’s left many fans scratching their heads — particularly those of us who loved his haute Halloween take on “Under the Ladder”, which included a fantastic two-tiered piano with coffin on top.
So when we dispatched wiwiblogger Deban to Kyiv to attend MELOVIN’s concert on Saturday evening, he had one big question on his mind: “MELOVIN, were you surprised by the jury result?”
“To speak the truth, yes, I was shocked,” the singer says.
“They do their job — I respect what they do. But I actually don’t perform for them. I perform for the fans. And if they put me in seventh place it means I’ve got something they want to listen to, to see and to hear.”
So should the EBU abolish the jury?
“If we speak about the division of jury votes and televotes, the jury votes from their experience. They are professionals in music and the TV business, so they vote for something which is very now for charts, for business.”
“You can not say the same about televoters, because they just like it. They send a televote for that particular song that relates to them in that moment and on that night.”
“I am very happy that I resonate with so many different people in so many different countries. Again: it means much more to me than the jury vote.”
You can watch the full interview — including his thoughts on Jean Paul Gaultier, Verka Serduchka and his ongoing tour in Ukraine — above.