In February, shortly after winning Ukraine’s national selection show Vidbir, she resigned as Ukraine’s representative for Eurovision 2022. Now, shortly after releasing the music video for her winning track “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors,” Alina Pash has told Muzvar all about her song and those forged documents that unleashed one of the biggest controversies in her country’s Eurovision history.
As you’ll recall, Alina sought to convey a powerful statement in a compact song. But her Eurovision journey spiralled into a huge drama. After weeks of rumours about her alleged visit to Crimea via Russia in 2015, Alina fell victim to her own past and the pressures of the contest.
Less than a week after Ukraine’s selection, people began to question whether Alina had legally visited Crimea. A document that supposedly confirmed her legal border crossing appeared to be forged — forcing the broadcaster to relieve her of her duties.
Speaking about that moment seven months later, Alina told Muzvar she’s on good terms with the broadcaster Suspilne.
“All processes are still happening. I’m concerned with them. I am absolutely open to [answer] anything.”
“We are in touch with Suspilne, in a normal relationship. I understand them, they understand me. Everything is already fully clear.”
“The only thing is that the National Police has to respond to the moment that they submitted the documents.”
Since the incident, Alina has parted ways with her manager who reportedly had a role in acquiring and handling the forged documents.
Although they are officially still in the process of separating legally, their “moral” relationship ended in February, she says. However, already before the contest, things had not been going smoothly between the two.
Since putting the drama mostly behind her, Alina has performed across Europe to support causes for her home country and is planning to work on more music.