Even after two semi-finals of Ukraine’s Eurovision 2020 selection show Vidbir, some fans are still wishing that Verka Serduchka will represent the country with “Make It Rain Champagne”.
Verka released her new single back in December 2019.
With its debut performance on the same day as the Vidbir 2020 submission deadline, some media outlets were quickly to report that Andriy Danylko was preparing Verka for a Eurovision comeback.
However, Danylko rebuked this rumour on the latest episode of the web series SLUH.
“I had barely released the song and people were already writing I was preparing [for Eurovision]. Let me just explain it like this: Serduchka wanted it, but Danylko was against.”
Verka Serduchka’s “Make It Rain Champagne” and Eurovision 2020
Speculation began the moment the single was released.
“Make It Rain Champagne” comes in at a Eurovision-friendly 2:53. The track was also written by two Swedish songwriters: occasional national final contributor Andreas Öhrn and “Euphoria” co-writer Peter Boström.
However, things got interesting during an appearance on Ukraine TV show Evening of Premieres with Kateryna Osadcha. There, Verka told the glamorous host that in case another Maruv-like scandal erupts around the Ukraine national final, “[his] song is, in principle, ready” for Eurovision.
On the show, Verka performed “Let It Rain Champagne” accompanied by a band, backing singers, dancers and her ever-present mother. They delivered an explosive performance which had the audience on their feet.
Some of Verka’s posse were wearing t-shirts reading “SEX / WORK / MAY” — a parody of an old Soviet-era phrase celebrating International Workers Day on 1 May. But fans couldn’t help also thinking of May as the month of Eurovision.
Would “Make It Rain Champagne” be a good Eurovision track? Could it have won Vidbir? Let us know in the comments.