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One of the more interesting stories at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan was that of Ukraine's Gaitana. The Ukrainian-Congolese pop star made it to Sunday's finals—which Ukraine won in 2004. Her song "Be My Guest" topped the charts in Ukraine and Russia. It's destined to become a club anthem for the gays in Ibiza and South Beach.
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Gaitana was born in Kiev to a Congolese father and a Ukrainian mother. She lived in the Republic of Congo as a young child before returning to the Ukraine, where she is quite popular and sings in Ukrainian, Russian and English. A far-right politician created a huge controversy with racist remarks last February about the singer, reported the Kiev Times and AFP.
"[Eurovision's] millions of viewers will see Ukraine represented by someone who does not belong to our race, and they will think Ukraine is located somewhere in Africa," said Yury Sirotnyuk of the Svoboda Party. The comments created a "huge outcry from artists and musicians." Ukraine's ruling party and state television later demanded an apology.
Gaitana was the only Black contestant at this year's ESC. There were several Black contestants at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, including Norwegian-Kenyan singer Stella Mwangi, Italy's Senit who repped San Marino and the abtastic gay fave Simon Webbe of Blue who represented the UK. For a history of Black singers at Eurovision see HERE.
Gaitana placed 15th out of 42. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...