ESTONIA – Philipp Kirkorov, responsible for Uku Suviste’s participation in Eesti Laul 2020, criticized the ERR’s decision to secure a spot for the singer in next year’s selection: “It’s not just an insult, it’s quite revolting”.
Russian singer Philipp Kirkorov, one of those responsible for the participation of Uku Suviste and “What Love Is” at Eesti Laul 2020, criticized, in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets, ERR’s decision to provide a spot in the semifinals of next year’s competition for the artist.
“Not participating in Eurovision is disappointing. Not only for me but for all those we worked with all year for the preparation. It is not just an insult, it is something quite revolting, especially in the context of Uku Suviste in Estonia” defended the artist, ensuring that the ERR should have offered a place in the Final of next year for Uku Suviste.
However, Tomi Rahula, one of the contest producers, revealed in a press conference that the decision to place Uku Suviste in the Final of the 2021 contest would be detrimental to the artist:
“The competition starts with the semifinals (…) He I would lose a lot of press coverage in the semifinals and highlight the revelation of the songs. It would be difficult for people to vote if they heard Uku’s song just once, it wouldn’t be fair “defended Tomi.