Ukraine: Vidbir 2022 national final confirmed for February 12

Ukraine: Vidbir 2022 national final confirmed for February 12
Thursday, 13 January 2022

  • Suspilne, has confirmed that national final 'Vidbir 2022'  which will determine Ukraine's Eurovision 2022 hopeful will take place on February 12.

    Note dow the date: February 12, Ukraine will decide who they will be sending in Turin to defend the Ukrainian colors at Eurovision 2022. 

    Followiing Go_A's massive acceptance and the good result in Rotterdam the national broadcaster is sticking to the national selection format used the previous years, Vidbir 2022. 

    Following the termination of the collaboration between STB and UA: PBC regarding the Eurovision national final project, the Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne has taken over the organisation of the country's national selection for Eurovision 2022. 

    With the submission complete on January 10, 2022  the acts shorlisted for the national selection will be unveiled by January 24, 2022. The outcome of the national selection will be determine by a combination of public and jury voting. 


    Ukraine in Eurovision

    Ukraine participated for the first time at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 when Oleksandr Ponormayov represented the country Hasta la vista. Ukraine has won the Eurovision trophy two times, in 2004 with Ruslana and in 2016 (Jamala). Following both victories the country hosted the contest in 2005 and 2017. The country has achieved remarkable results as it has reached 10 times the top 10 places in its 15 year ESC history.

    Namely, Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is the only country outside the Big 5 to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in. Ukraine has a total of seven top five placements, with Verka Serduchka (2007) and Ani Lorak (2008) both finishing second, Zlata Ognevich third (2013), Mika Newton fourth (2011) and Go_A fifth (2021). The only countries with more top five results in the 21st century are Sweden (11) and Russia (10).

    In 2018 Ukraine was represented by Vidbir 2018 winner, Melovin with his entry Under the ladder, achieving a 17th place in the Grand Final.In 2019 Ukraine saw a dramatic national selection Vidbir, which saw Maruv winning with her entry Siren Song. After a serial of dramatic developments between the broadcaster and the winner eventually Ukraine withdrew from the Eurovision 2019.

    Last year after two semi final rounds and a total of 16 candidates, the Ukrainian national final for Eurovision 2020, Vidbir 2020, crowned winner the group  Gо_A  and the entry  “Solovey” . Unfortunately their Eurovision journey stayed incomplete as the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

    The band was invited back for Eurovision 2021 in which they competed with the song 'Shum' which brought one more top 10 result for the nation finished in 5th place in the Grand final with a total of 364 points in the overall score.


    News Source: UA:PBC

    Image: EBU/Andres Putting