Ukraine Bars Singer From Eurovision After Rift

Ukraine Bars Singer From Eurovision After Rift

James Kirk
Author James Kirk
Ukraine Bars Singer From Eurovision After Rift

Maruv, Ukraine's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest, has been dropped in a row related to tensions between her country and Russia.

Maruv's song, “Siren Song,” won a public vote on Saturday, but the singer later fell out with the country's national broadcaster, reports the BBC.

She was given 24 hours to sign a contract that temporarily barred her from playing in Russia.

Talks stalled on Monday and the broadcaster pulled Maruv's nomination.

The 27-year-old, whose name real name is Anna Korsun, said she was prepared to cancel her next tour of Russia, but that other stipulations in the contract amounted to "censorship".

"I am a citizen of Ukraine, pay taxes and sincerely love Ukraine," she wrote on Facebook.

"But I am not ready to address [people] with slogans, turning my participation in the contest into the promotion of our politicians. I am a musician, rather than a bat at the political stage."

The star, whose song has been watched 6.8 million times on YouTube, added: "I sincerely thank and appreciate everyone who believed in me and voted.

"I ask you to accept this situation and not to take a confrontational path."

In a statement, the state-funded UA:PBC said: "The performer representing Ukraine... also has commitments of becoming a cultural ambassador of Ukraine and delivering not only their music but also expressing the opinion of the Ukrainian society in the world.

"After the negotiations, UA:PBC and the singer Maruv have not found common ground in the mission of the representative of Ukraine at the international song contest.”

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