Bang! Ever since MARUV won Saturday’s politically-charged Vidbir — Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2019 — the drama has been non-stop. Naturally, it’s dominated the news cycle both within Ukraine and the wider Eurovision community. And as the scandal continues to spiral, it’s slowly beginning to pick up traction across the globe.
In the UK, BBC News runs with “Ukraine bans its Eurovision entrant over Russia row”. Meanwhile, The Telegraph writes that MARUV has been “ditched” by the national broadcaster. The story also appears in other widely-read publications including Mail Online, Metro, The Independent, Digital Spy and Radio Times.
In neighbouring Ireland, The Irish Independent leads its coverage with a quote from the “Siren Song” songstress — “I’m a musician, not a tool for the political arena”. The Journal says “Ukraine drops Eurovision entrant after accusing her of politicising contest”.
Interest is fierce right across Europe. France’s Le Figaro talks of a “political mess”. Several German outlets are on the case including radio station DLF24, TV network MDR and the Taz newspaper. It has also been picked up by Hungary’s 24.HU and Blikk, Switzerland’s Blick, Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter, Denmark’s DR and BT, Slovenia’s RTVSLO and the Netherlands’ NOS.
Unsurprisingly, Ukraine’s woes are a hot topic in Russia too. All aspects of the story are plastered across Russian webspace, including Freedom Jazz’ choice to also pass on Tel Aviv. Even the local edition of Cosmopolitan is getting in on the action.
The Greeks, however, have opted for a different slant. A talk show on the Zappit website analysed the similarities between “Siren Song” and Tamta’s song for Cyrpus “Replay”.
Now that it’s a confirmed Eurovision member, it’s not shocking that the news has made its way to Australia. SBS News reports on the latest controversy surrounding the “largely European song competition”.
What do you make of the controversy? What are your feelings on Maruv and “Siren Song”? Are you surprised by the level of interest internationally? Let us know in the comments below.