Finally, the Ukraine has selected! (Part One)
After weeks of controversy, the Ukraine has finally submitted an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. But, before we delve into that, why don’t we review everything that happened.
December 29, 2009 – NTU (the participating broadcaster from the Ukraine) announces that this year, an internal selection was used to choose the famous bariton Vasyl Lazarovich as the Ukrainian representative to Norway.
March 6, 2010 – A selection special is held to choose a song for Lazarovych, with the ballad I Love You coming out victorious.
March 15, 2010 – After a regime change at NTU, it was announced that a second national final would be organized to select a new representative for Norway. This was controversial for two reasons. One, the Ukraine already had an entry selected and had begun promoting I Love You. Second, details regarding national finals are due to the EBU no later than January 1, 2010 – obviously, the fifteenth of March falls after this deadline.
March 17, 2010 – During a press conference, NTU justifies the new national final, stating that the internal choice of Lazarovich was “unfair.” It was revealed that an all-call for new entries had already been placed and that the music videos for the top twenty entries would be shown throughout the days leading up to the national final on NTU. It was also revealed that Vasyl Lazarovich and I Love You would one of the twenty competing.
March 20, 2010 – Two days before the entry is due, Ukraine holds their national final. Alyosha wins the contest with the song To Be Free. Masha Subko gets second place with her song Ya Tebya Lyublyu. Vasyl Lazarovych landed in seventh.
March 22, 2010 – Prior to turning in To Be Free to the EBU, NTU learned two things about the entry, 1) it was written and released two years ago (breaking the “no songs from before the preceding October” rule) and 2) there were serious allegations of plagiarism associated with the song. Not only that, but the second place entry was also found to have been released prior to last October. The NTU sadly stated that they would not have their entry in on time, but would have one within a week.
March 22, 2010 – The EBU rules on the case, and, continuing its previous history of leniency, decided only to severely fine NTU for every day after the deadline that it takes the Ukraine to submit an entry.
March 24, 2010 – NTU finally submits their entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, the song Sweet People performed by Alyosha.