UKRAINE – The tension between Ukraine and Russia is at its peak as well as the tension in the Eurovision 2022 crisis in Kyiv.
But later that evening, the escalation of the Russian threats and the US President Baiden’s address to the nation(and the world) was used as an official excuse not to make the official announcement.
But the crisis in the Ukrainian Eurovision project is far from over.
Kalush Orchestra, who are extremely popular in the Ukrainian music market, seem to have maintained their request and demanded the publication of the VIDBIR public voting results, something which actually UA: PBC never did, despite shouting out constantly that the broadcaster and PwC have double-checked them.
This morning they made a new request through front singer Oleh Psiuk‘s Instagram account.
In the meantime, a video through MUZVAR, showing Tina Karol saying she gave 7 points to Kalush Orchestra and 6 points to Alina, leaves an open door to have given the maximum points to Wellboy who’s her mentee anyway.
Chairperson of the broadcaster’s Board of Directors, Svitlana Ostapa, says that the entire situation has damaged the image of the national broadcaster to the public while ignoring that this is something the broadcaster does to itself!
“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.”
In the meantime, jury member and president Yaroslav Lodygin was ousted from the board on Friday. Despite an official announcement calling for the relationship between the board and Yaroslav to remain good, he made a post on Facebook.
“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 total degradation of the competition.”
Michael Soul, another Vidbir 2022 participant, has also responded to the controversy for the first time. During a Q&A on his Instagram stories, the Belarusian-born singer termed the situation a “loss for everyone,” referring to the incidents involving Yaroslav Lodygin, Alina Pash, and Kalush Orchestra.
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