If you’ve been online today, then you know that Alina Pash has pulled herself out of Eurovision 2022, saying that she doesn’t “want to be part of this dirty story” anymore. That was after it emerged that someone on her team had forged travel documents, meant to show she had travelled to Crimea legally in 2015.
Well now Ukraine’s broadcaster UA:PBC has responded. In their official statement, they apologise and make it clear they regret that “the representative of the artist acted irresponsibly” in her dealings with them.
They also stressed that they now have the right to choose from among the other Vidbir 2022 finalists for Eurovision.
You can read their statement in full below.
Ukraine: Broadcaster’s full statement on Alina Pash withdrawal
“Today, on 16 February, the organizing committee of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 held an extraordinary meeting where the decision to cease the participation of Alina Pash in the national selection was made. This is because of establishing the fact that the artist’s representative falsified a certificate provided to UA: PBC. The artist agreed with this decision of the organizing committee.”
“According to the rules of the national selection, UA: PBC has the right to terminate the participation of a participant in case of submission of false information.”
“We are very sorry that the representative of the artist acted irresponsibly.”
“UA: PBC is guided by the laws of Ukraine and the national selection rules only.”
“Under the rules, should UA: PBC cease the participation in the national selection of a participant decided/announced the winner of the selection, UA: PBC has the right to decide on the representative of Ukraine at the Contest from among the other finalists of the national selection.”
Will Kalush Orchestra sing at Eurovision 2022?
The question now is whether UA:PBC will select Kalush Orchestra with the song “Stefania”. As you’ll recall, the group won the televote at Vidbir 2022, but ultimately finished as runners-up after the jury placed them third.
Many fans have called on the broadcaster to allow Kalush Orchestra the chance at Eurovision — and it would seem the group is keen. You’ll recall that they asked for full transparency with the results following the show.