Ukrainian nationalists strike Verka

by Stella Floras 88 views

It seems that the anti-Verka commotion just won�t die down in Ukraine. BBC reports that this past Sunday angry Ukrainian nationalists held protests all over the country against Verka�s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Verka Serduchka aka performer Andriy Mykhailovych Danylk was clearly selected by the Ukrainian public by jury vote and televote. Since then reactions have been mixed in Ukraine. Although Verka is a well-loved stage figure at home and in other former Soviet states, there are some who claim that she is the “grotesque stereotype of a stupid Ukrainian villager” who will eventually damage the country’s image abroad.

Yesterday, nationalists held a series of demonstrations across the country to put pressure on the government and broadcaster to withdraw Verka’s entry from the contest. They organised theatrical shows and collected signatures for a petition. As there are quite a few that believe that Verka could even actually win the contest once more for Ukraine, it is not likely that the ' protests will find an understanding ear. So far, all the noise seems to be working to Verka’s advantage, keeping her in the headlines of the media around the world.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

I joined in 2006 as a junior editor after being invited by Barry Viniker, I soon became Senior Editor and during the 2007 contest in Helsinki I was appointed Head of Communications. Today I hold the post of Head of Human Resources and I am proud to be working with the best editorial team in the world.