Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has confirmed that 'Vidbir' 2022 winner Alina Pash will not represent Ukraine at the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.
On Saturday 12 February, Ukraine held its annual Vidbir song contest. The TV show has, since 2016, served as the country’s pre-selection process for choosing its entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Amongst a field of 8 competitors on Saturday night, Alina Pash won Vidbir 2022 with the song Тіні забутих предків' ('Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors).
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has since confirmed that Alina Pash will not represent Ukraine at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. On Wednesday afternoon, in a mutual agreement between the broadcaster, the organising committee of Vidbir and the artist, it was decided that Alina’s participation in the Contest would not go ahead.
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.
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