TAYANNA may be out of this year’s Vidbir, but Ukrainian national broadcaster, STB, have been quick to find someone to take her place. Anna Korsun, better known by her stage name, MARUV, will replace the Ukrainian songstress in the competition, thus taking the total number of entries back up to 16.
Just a few hours ago two-time Vidbir runner up, TAYANNA, announced via Instagram that she would be withdrawing from the contest. In her announcement, the Ukrainian diva stated that she felt there were many more artists aiming to participate, who deserve the ticket to Tel Aviv more than she did.
Nevertheless, STB were quick to respond and announced that MARUV, who had competed in Vidbir back in 2016, would be her replacement.
Who is MARUV?
MARUV (Anna Korsun) is a 26-year-old singer, songwriter and composer originating from central Ukraine. Before adopting her iconic pseudonym, she competed in the fourth season of The Voice – Ukraine. Her rendition of the song “Pomogi Mne” grabbed the attention of all four judges (including Eurovision alums Sergey Lazarev and Ani Lorak) and earned herself a spot in the next round of the competition.
It was around this time that her period in the group The Pringlez began. Their first big appearance was at the New Wave competition; an event which has produced many notable Eurovision and Junior Eurovision entrants such as Jamala, DoReDos or Helena Meraai. Possibly the most notable achievement of the band was their partaking in Vidbir 2016 along with the song “Easy to Love”. While they didn’t make the final, the group definitely brought their flare and uniqueness to the competition.
Come 2017, the name MARUV was born and Anna began working with DJ and guitarist Mikhail Busin, who also has an all-capitalised pseudonym: BOOSIN. The two began their collaboration by creating a label called Zori Sound. After realising their voices and harmonies amalgamated well together, they began to work under the name MARUV & BOOSIN.
The two began to release music with some success but their real breakthrough came with the song “Drunk Groove”. Produced by the duo themselves, their song charged to the top of the Ukrainian and Russian music charts and even achieved international success. As of January 22nd 2019, the song has amassed almost 80 million views in under a year.
It still remains to be seen whether or not MARUV will be collaborating with BOOSIN on her Vidbir 2019 entry as much of the details concerning her entry are still unknown. Nevertheless, we look forward to seeing what the Ukrainian songstress and the other 15 competing hopefuls have up their sleeves for the competition in February.
Running order reveal
Following up this information, STB revealed some more information regarding their national final, namely the semi-final allocation as well as the running order. All three Vidbir shows will take place in February with the respective dates as follows:
|Semi Final 1||9th February|
|Semi Final 2||16th February|
As shown in the image above, the 16 competing acts have been divided into two semi-finals of eight. The running order for the two shows as well as the semi-final allocation can be seen below:
|Semi Final 1||Semi Final 2|
|1||The Hypnotunex||1||Ivan Navi|
|7||Brunettes Shoot Blondes||7||Braii|
What do you think about MARUV joining the contest in lieu of TAYANNA? Are you excited to see what kind of arrangement the Ukrainian singer will bring to the competition? Let us know in the comments down below.