“Waterloo” was Swedish pop group ABBA’s breakout song, winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. The song, while not very progressive, metaphorically compares a woman “surrendering to her conqueror” to Napoleon surrendering following his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Now, it could be “Waterloo” for Eurovision itself. The world’s most campy song contest is, according to Gay Times, facing real troubles in Ukraine.
Gay Times reports, “The singing competition is due to start in Kyiv on 9 May, but it has faced multiple delays and ticketing troubles throughout the planning stages. But now top organisers of this year’s show have quit, a day after tickets finally went on sale.”
According to the European Broadcasting Union, “staffing matters” are to blame. Twenty-one producers submitted a letter of resignation.
The list of employees who have walked out includes executive producers, the event manager and head of security.
“The group felt they were not able to continue work on the project owing to staffing matters at UA:PBC, which the EBU cannot fully comment on,” a spokesperson for the EBU said.
But the news of the resignations at Eurovision prompted a quick response from Ukraine’s prime minister, who promised the Eurovision song contest—watched by 180 million people worldwide—would go on.
Jamala, a Ukrainian singer, won the competition in 2016 with the song “1994,” which is why the country is hosting the 2017 competition.
Watch Jamala’s “1944” below: