“I felt really bad.” The words of Destination Eurovision singer Florina Perez on Instagram.
On Sunday evening the “In the Shadow” singer finally posted on the app again — some 24 hours after a difficult result in Paris.
A fan favourite from the moment her song snippet was released, Florina faced the indignity of coming dead last with the professional jury on Saturday, receiving the dreaded nil points.
It left much of the fandom shook. But their shock pales in comparison to the ordeal their queen has faced.
“Hello to everyone, I am sorry to not have talked to you earlier,” she says on Insta. “I felt really bad but want to thank you for your support and your votes… it was unbelievable. I wanted to make you proud and represent the colours of my country.”
“To be the only contestant to receive zero points from the international juries is something I can’t understand. Right now, I’d just like to know why the response was this negative.
“For the next few days I will take some time off social media and stay with my family. I’ll get back on track and recover even if it’s not always easy and become stronger. I want to thank Vidaa, Christophe Willem and André Manoukian for putting me in your top four and giving something back to me, it means a lot to me. I love you.”
Florina’s message has been received with great sympathy, with fans and even fellow contestants encouraging her to keep singing.
Semi-Final 1 winner Bilal Hassani wrote: “You were splendid, wonderful Florina.”
“It was unfair and I give you all the courage to move forward — keep shining bright!”
Naestro was similarly effusive.
“You did your part perfectly, you didn’t let yourself down….in life I never lose — either I win or I learn. Never forget this phrase!”
Why do you think the juries snubbed Florina? What advice do you have for her moving forward? Do you think taking a break from social media is a good idea? Let us know down below!
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Florina talked to us after performing “In the shadow” in the SF1 of #DestinationEurovision . We asked her about the song and the meaning of it, she said sometimes in her life she feel like to be in the shadow due to everything that happens in the world right now and considering passing through the final she said it’s going to be a bigger staging and powerful voice! . . @eurovisionfrance @france2 #eurovision2019 #daretodream #paris #destinationeurovision2019 #france @florinaperez #florina #intheshadow #eurovision #esc2019 @diegopinpa @waiotte