Ukraine drops out of Eurovision after spat with singer

February 27, 2019 - 12:41 pm

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine has pulled out of this year's Eurovision song contest following a politics-laden dispute between the singer who won the national competition and the country's national public broadcaster.

Anna Korsun, who performs under the stage name Maruv, won the national finals on Sunday and immediately came under fire from politicians because she often performs in Russia.

The National Public Broadcasting Company demanded she sign a contract that would temporarily bar her from performing in Russia along with other stipulations. Maruv said the stipulations amounted to "censorship" and she refused to sign.

Other groups that placed highly in the competition refused to replace Maruv.

The broadcaster said Wednesday it wouldn't choose a replacement "out of respect for the viewers' choice" and would not take part in the May competition in Israel.

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