Ukraine – The drama in Ukraine continues as Jamala announced today that she will not be taking part in the second national final this Thursday. Due to voting fraud allegations against the winner Mika Newton, NTU, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, had decided to hold another national final with the Top3 of the previous one: Jamala, Mika Newton and Zlata Ognevich. Now Jamala has ruined these plans by announcing her withdrawal through a press release this afternoon. “I’m happy that 3 times more people voted for me than for the artist, who won the first place. My gratitude for those who believed in me and supported me is endless. For me your trust is the most precious thing. I do not want to have nothing in common with manipulations, corruption and ambitions of certain personalities,” she explained her withdrawal.
She especially criticizes the handling of this situation by the Ukrainian broadcaster: “Another so called “voting” is announced. I’m more than sure that people who are organizing this will do anything to prove that they are right and once again will use the opportunity to humiliate me and other artists. Also, I do understand that they don’t have a choice. Even if they’ll have to admit that people voted for me, they’ll do anything to pour flows of dirt on me and convince everyone that re-voting was done specially “for Jamala”.”
She goes on saying that she did not want to harm anyone and that her team and herself did not try to put the broadcaster into a bad light. She closes her statement on a positive note by saying “Once again I wish to thank you all for your support and understanding! I sincerely wish luck to the artist who will represent Ukraine on “Eurovision – 2011”.”
It remains to be seen how NTU will handle this situation as a national final with only two songs would look like a farce.
Ukraine will compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 12. In our own pre-Eurovision competition “The Eurovision Knockout 2011” Ukraine will compete against Belarus and Turkey.