Ukraine: UA:PBC confirms Eurovision 2022 participation
Ukraine's national broadcaster, UA:PBC, has confirmed that the country will taking part in the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Italy.
UA:PBC has confirmed to ESCTOday that Ukraine will be present at Eurovision 2022 which will mark the 17th participation for the ex soviet country.
Followiing Go_A's massive acceptance and the good result in Rotterdam the national broadcaster will probably stick to the national selection format used the previous years. However, more details on the Ukrainian selection for Eurovision 2022 are expected the following weeks.
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: ESCToday
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