When Ukrainian singer Svetlana Loboda was interviewed by Eurovision TV about her entry in the famous song contest, amusing language slip-ups failed to diminish her greater message. About 25 seconds into the video, the (Russian?) guy interviewing Loboda in English asks what Crikey can only assume was supposed to be “Can you tell us a little about your country?”; however, he fails to pronounce the last syllable.

Five minutes in, Loboda’s translator tells the interviewer she wants to use the Eurovision Song Contest as a platform for her message about a “greater social problem”, “family violence and abuse”. Pointing to the bruises on her face, Loboda expresses a desire to see women unite globally against domestic violence for the sake of their children. Heavy stuff for a contest better known for sequins, hot pants and ABBA.

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey