Alina Pash is out, Kalush Orchestra is in (probably)

UA:PBC confirmed that Alina Pash will not represent Ukraine at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. Today, in a mutual agreement between the broadcaster, the Vidbir selection committee, and the artist, it was agreed that Alina would withdraw from the competition.

According to the Vidbir rules, UA:PBC can decide on the representative of Ukraine at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, from the field of other finalists that participated in the national selection process on Saturday night. Chances are it will be Kalush Orchestra, who finished in second place in the voting.

What happened? She took a trip in 2015 to Crimea, and there may be evidence that she falsified documents related to that trip, according to the state border guard.

Alina said some people had attacked her online and called her un-Ukrainian for the visit (well if the shoe fits). and her statement on social media says "I am a citizen of Ukraine, I follow the laws of Ukraine, I try to bring the traditions and values ​​of Ukraine to the world. What this story turned out to be is not at all what I put into my song. I am an artist, not a politician. I do not have an army of PR people, managers, lawyers to resist all this attack and pressure, the break-in of my social networks; threats. And also absolutely unacceptable wording that people allow themselves without understanding the situation and forgetting about the dignity of every citizen of Ukraine I don't want this virtual war and hatred. The main war now is an external one, which came to my country in 2014. I don't want to be in this dirty story anymore. With a heavy heart I withdraw my candidacy as the representative of Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately. I'm really sorry. We will contact the Public and sign all the necessary documents. Separately, I want to thank everyone who supports and helps me, who hears my song and important message, not gossip about me. Thanks! We have a story going on with you, and we have to decide what it will be ❤️ Let's unite! Now it is more important than ever! 💛🇺🇦💙

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