Verka Serduchka in politics

by Stella Floras 442 views

Andryi Danylko, the man under the Verka Serduchka star cap, announced on July 8 that he plans to enter the run for parliament in Ukraine on September 30, organizing the Against All electoral bloc.

Andryi Danylko, the runner up of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, stated that he plans to enter the Ukrainian elections this coming September organizing the "Against All" electoral bloc. Against All is the last option on the voting ballots, an option that actually means that the voter chooses to vote for none-of-the-above. In the March 2006 elections, where Ruslana – the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest winner- was actually elected in the Ukrainian Parliament, the Against all option got 1,8 % of the total votes cast.

Also, reports that Verka Serduchka was not allowed to perform in the recent celebrations in Sochi for the appointment of the Russian city as host for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Mr A. Razin, Verka's manager and the organizer of the concert, told that the owner of the venue where the concert was held refused to have Verka perform on his property. After Verka's participation in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and her controversial Russia Good Bye/Lasha Tumbai chorus line, it is reported that Verka is no longer welcome in many Russian venues, Russian radio stations have stopped playing her songs and TV shows do not accept her video clips any more.

A special thank you to Arvydas Makselis for his contribution to the article.

Stella Floras

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