Ukrainian rapper submits song for Ukraine’s Eurovision selection contest

4 February 2022, 09:40 PM

Alina Pash, a rapper from Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, has put in her submission for Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest 2022 selection competition. If successful, Pash will go on to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022.

Alina Pash is one of the favorites to win this year’s selection, but her career has been mired by controversy.

She’s been accused of visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula, as well as the Russian capital of Moscow, after the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine. A visit to Crimea - without going through the de facto Ukrainian checkpoints - would violate this year’s selection requirements, as well as Ukrainian law.

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Pash herself denies these claims, and her case has been backed by reports from Ukraine’s national broadcaster, UA: PBC, which state that Pash has indeed not visited Crimea or Russia.

The Eurovision Song Contest will this year be held in Turin, Italy, following Italy’s Eurovision win in 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with song Zitti E Buoni by Måneskin.

Ukraine was represented by electro-folk band Go-A, playing their song “Shum” (noise), and won 5th place overall and 2nd in televoting.

The finals of this year’s selection competition in Ukraine will take place on Feb. 12, where a combination of jury and audience rankings will determine Ukraine’s next Eurovision contestant.

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