Sunday night saw the national final of a song contest for the Eurovision Contest due to be held in Stockholm on May 10-14.
According to viewers, Crimea’s Jamala was the best with a song about the deportation of Crimean Tatars. Kharkiven artist SunSay took the third place, losing “silver” to The Hardkiss. The Kharkiv team Pur: Pur ranked fourth.
The competition proved stressful for both participants and jury members.
One jury member Andrey Danilko argued the song Love Manifest had previously been performed in 2014, and according to the rules, could not be publicly heard before September 1, 2015. In fact, the song “Sana” sound was previously in Russian and in an acoustic–version only.
Then Ruslana demanded SunSay’s recognition of his patriotism, accusing that his career is mainly based in Russia.
Believing his position is far from politics, SunSay responded: “I am Ukrainian, but I have friends in Russia. Half of my team is from St. Petersburg and I will not cease to communicate with them.“
Kharkiv group Pur: Pur received generous compliments from the jury. Danilko noticed that “after their song he felt like he drank a sedative, so good and quiet”. Konstantin Meladze added the soloist was calm and positive.
Feel free to read the news: Two Kharkiv bands reached the national selection final of Eurovision 2016.