The drama’s been unfolding since MARUV‘s announcement that she won’t be representing Ukraine in Tel Aviv. After much speculation, and refusals from fellow other Vidbir finalists KAZKA and Freedom Jazz to take her place – Ukraine have now taken the inevitable action of announcing its withdrawal from Eurovision 2019.
The EBU has now released an official statement regarding Ukraine’s withdrawal. The statement itself is high-level and not detail-specific, failing to address the rumoured contractual disagreements between MARUV and the broadcaster UA:PBC, which led to MARUV’s refusal to represent Ukraine at Eurovision. They will, however, work with UA:PBC to see Ukraine return to the contest in 2020.
You can read the EBU’s statement in its entirety below.
Official EBU Statement
Each participating broadcaster is responsible for the selection of their act for the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance to the rules set out by the European Broadcasting Union. It is with sadness that the EBU can confirm that Ukraine’s broadcaster UA:PBC has informed the EBU that, following further discussions, they have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be further discussions between the EBU and UA:PBC on this matter but we hope to see them again in 2020. However, for now, we look forward to what is already shaping up to be a fantastic event in Tel Aviv in May.
Following the release of the brief statement, Eurovision fans took to Twitter – and honey, they did not hold back.
Ukraine were going to participate, pic.twitter.com/O7xbUjLezH
— Wanna Know My Secret? Bang 💥 (@WWESARO) February 27, 2019
— Guillle77 (@guillle77) February 27, 2019
Okay bye. I feel bad, however, for those who have nothing to do with this mess and just wanted to see their country represented by MARUV.
— 💥Danny💥 (@BelChi90) February 27, 2019
This is so sad Alexa play siren song by Maruv
— hecciStan – MARUV (@heccistan) February 27, 2019
“see them again in 2020” *
* If sergej doesn’t win.
— Friendly Lurker ESC 🇸🇮🇩🇰🇱🇻 (@Friendly_lurker) February 27, 2019
— Chupetín de Ajenjo (@SoyAjenjo) February 27, 2019
What do you think? Now that the drama seems to be reaching its conclusion, has justice has been done for UA:PBC and for MARUV? Let us know in the comments what you would like to see happen next!