The only thing that stings more than a last place finish a Eurovision is being denied the chance to perform there at all. And that’s exactly what happened to Maruv after she won Vidbir 2019 — Ukraine’s national selection — earlier this year. Rather than getting a trophy she only received an unreasonable contract that she (rightfully) refused to sign.
So she’d be forgiven for not being too enthusiastic about Eurovision this year. Now, in an interview with Svala+, the “Siren Song” hitmaker has spoken candidly not only about Ukraine’s infamous withdrawal from the competition, but also this year’s Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence, her perceived chances at the song contest, and comparisons with Iceland’s Hatari.
Maruv watched Eurovision this year — and she wasn’t impressed. She reckons that “Siren Song” would have brought more action to the Eurovision stage than many of the other acts.
“My chances were quite high. I think I would have definitely come in the top three.”
“I watched the performances, then watched my own from the [Vidbir] final, and I found mine more interesting. There was more action in mine than many of the performances from Eurovision.”
Though Eurovision wasn’t short of leather this year, thanks to the Icelandic BDSM punk-rock-techno band Hatari, Maruv thinks she would have brought an entirely different flavour to the table.
“We are not BDSM. I have fetish aesthetics, but [Hatrid mun sigra] came across like a punishment, like a flogging – I don’t know.”
“Plus the song itself, do you remember their song? I couldn’t sing it back to you now. But I had a cool song that everyone remembers, that everyone can sing, and movements which went viral, that everyone knows.”
Not even this year’s winner, The Netherlands’ Duncan Laurence, could win her over. Though she liked the song, she thought that Duncan could have brought better staging and more charisma to his performance.
“A lot depends on the music. But there was no show. The way he sang on the stage was mediocre, but the song was great.”
Unfortunately, the chances of Maruv taking to the Eurovision stage in 2020 to show the Class of ’19 how it’s done are looking pretty slim. When asked about whether she’d perform at a Eurovision selection again, she wasn’t enthusiastic.
“I wouldn’t do it, even if they call and offer extra money. I wouldn’t do it. Though it depends on how much they’re offering…”
What do you think? Do you agree with Maruv’s assessment of Eurovision 2019, or has she been too harsh on the other acts? Let us know in the comments!