She is considered one of the most iconic Ukrainian Eurovision acts of all time. And now, Tina Karol will be able to pass on her wisdom to the country’s future song contest acts as she takes up a place on the Vidbir 2020 judging panel.
Tina Karol on Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020
The “Show Me Your Love” hitmaker will sit alongside Andriy Danylko — the man best known as his drag alter ego Verka Serduchka. They will be joined by a third, yet to be confirmed juror. The 2019 panel consisted of Danylko, Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala and musician Yevhen Filatov.
Typically, the three-person jury is responsible for half of the result in every Vidbir show, with the televote making up the remaining 50%.
Speaking to segodnya.u, Karol shares her excitement at joining the panel. She speaks about the importance of striving to win, while acknowledging that victory is not everything. In what could be seen as a subtle nod towards the 2019 fiasco, the popstar stresses that the artist must compete with dignity because Eurovision is a complex machine.
Tina is well seasoned when it comes to judging talent. Since representing Ukraine in 2006, where she finished seventh, she’s gone on to become a TV talent show regular. She’s coached on several seasons of The Voice since 2012 and hosted Dancing With The Stars on and off since 2006.
Ukraine at Eurovision 2020
Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC and private network STB will once again organise the Vidbir selection for Eurovision 2020. The three-show series will kick off with two semis on 8 and 15 February, followed by a 22 February grand final.
In a bid to avoid the controversy which erupted after Maruv’s 2019 victory, entrants must not have performed in the territory of the Russian Federation since 2014. They also can’t have entered Crimea “in violation of the legislation of Ukraine”. Furthermore, they cannot have plans to do either during the competition or Eurovision.
This rule change comes in the wake of the chaotic Vidbir 2019, which saw the winner Maruv withdraw due to a breakdown in contract negotiations. Much of the disagreement related to the singer’s close ties to Russia.
These links came centre stage when Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala pointed a finger at the “Siren Song” singer and asked her an “uncomfortable question” on the issue.
Ukraine and Russia have been in conflict since 2014 when the latter illegally annexed the Crimean peninsula.
Maruv’s withdrawal triggered a spectacular chain of events which resulted in the second and third place acts, Freedom Jazz and Kazka, also turning down the offer to represent Ukraine in Tel Aviv. The country called it quits before fourth-place finishers Brunettes Shoot Blondes had the opportunity to say no.
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