It’s been a week since the final of Vidbir, Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2022. But in Kyiv they are still clearing up the mess. Now, the chairperson of the public broadcaster’s Board of Directors has reacted to the ongoing drama… as have many others.
Ukraine’s act for Eurovision 2022 as of 13:00 on Saturday
As of writing, Ukraine currently does not have an official act for Eurovision 2022. Vidbir 2022 winner Alina Pash was officially disqualified by Suspilne after sending the broadcaster forged documents.
After this, Suspilne invited runner-up Kalush Orchestra to discuss participation in the song contest. In an interview with Radio NV, the Ukrainian group shared that they are interested in going to Turin. However, they still see some obstacles with regards to their relationship with the broadcaster.
Although they mentioned Friday 18 February as the date to sign the contract of participation, there has been no sign that this happened.
Chairperson of the Board reacts to Vidbir drama
Svitlana Ostapa, the Chairperson of the broadcaster’s Board of Directors, has reacted to the developments surrounding the scandals of Vidbir 2022.
In a short interview on Suspilne’s web site, she stated her dislike of the reputational damage that the broadcaster has endured as a result of the selection. Having been a spectator during the final, she said that she experienced the scoreboard malfunction as “five minutes of shame”. She added:
“First, we have been accused of falsifying the vote count. There were accusations against both Yaroslav Lodygin and Suspilne that there is a certain bias, bias in choosing the winner of the competition. I think this was due to the fact that Yaroslav Lodygin is not only a member of the board and chairman of the organizing committee, he also became a member of the jury.”
“He thinks it’s good for Suspilne, and I think it would have been good if there were no scandal. In this situation, it turned out to be the opposite. Therefore, everything that, unfortunately was held against him, ricocheted against Suspilne in general.”
The Chairperson confirms that it was Lodygin’s own idea to be dismissed from the Board and that he was not pressured to do so by internal forces. However, Svitlana Ostapa commented that the Board could have evicted him as a result of the broadcaster’s reputational damage anyway.
Yaroslav Lodygin reacts to his dismissal
On Facebook, the Vidbir 2022 jury member reacted to his resignation from the Board. He underlined his pity that the country’s selection show turned into a political showdown. Amongst other paragraphs, he wrote:
“Did everything go perfectly? Of course not. A coincidence of technical and human errors led to confusion during the announcement of results. And the lack of public trust in general among Ukrainians has turned the reaction of a certain part of society into a campaign to discredit Suspilne, some artists, international auditors and me personally.”
“What to do to prevent this story from repeating? You can make the rules even stricter, add to the organizational committee of representatives of the [secret service] and border guards and insert the entire Criminal Code and the Bible into the rules. Will artists and jury members remain in the country? This will lead to a complete degradation of the competition.”
Kalush Orchestra again calls for split results
On Saturday morning, Kalush Orchestra’s lead rapper Oleh Psiuk again asked the broadcaster to release the split results. He made this call on his Instagram stories.
The delay in the publication of the split results has led to speculation about the show’s fairness. After all, in earlier years, the exact voting results from both the judges and the televoters were generally released within a few days if not sooner.
Meanwhile, music blog MUZVAR has published a video in which Vidbir 2022 jury member Tina Karol tells television presenter Kateryna Osadcha that she gave her 6 points to Alina Pash and her 7 points to Kalush Orchestra. MUZVAR added in the caption that it is likely that she gave her maximum score to her mentee Wellboy.
Fellow Vidbir 2022 contestant Michael Soul has reacted to the drama for the first time too. The Belarusian-born singer called the situation a “loss for everyone” during a Q&A on his Instagram stories, pointing at the scandals surrounding Yaroslav Lodygin, Alina Pash and Kalush Orchestra.
Vidbir 2020 judge Vitaliy Drozdov calls on Suspilne to take responsibility
Vitaliy Drozdov – one of the judges on Vidbir in 2020 – has told Obozrevatel that the public broadcaster should take responsibility for the matter. The Hit FM director said:
“Withdrawing this year would be a better for healing the whole situation, and also several big resignations at the public television. (…) If, at the start, everything was confirmed that it was all clear, and then it appeared that it was not clear, that means that something is not right.”
“For all the problems that have arisen in this regard, to save the reputation of the public broadcaster, they must take responsibility.”
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