Ukraine: Eurovision 2023 national final participants unveiled
The Ukrainian national broadcaster has unveiled the participants of Vidbir 2023, the country's national final for Eurovision 2023.
Ukraine will be determinign the successor of Kalush Orchestra through the national final of Vidbir 2023. 36 artists had been selected out of 384 submissions sent to UA:PBC for the Ukrainian Eurovision 2023 national selection.
The Ukrainian broadcaster has now picked out a total of 10 artists that will take part in the national final set for December 17, 2022 in Kyiv at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station.
Namely the 10 acts that will be competing in the national final for Liverpool are:
- 2TONE — “Kvitka” (Flower)
- Angelina — “Stronger”
- DEMCHUK — “Alive”
- FIINKA — “Dovbush”
- Jerry Heil — “WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR”
- KRUTЬ — “Kolyskova” (Lullaby)
- Moisei — “I’m Not Alone”
- OY Sound System — “Oy, tuzhu” (Oh, longing)
- Tember Blanche — “Ya vdoma” (I’m home)
- TVORCHI — “Heart Of Steel”
Dmitry Shurov, music producer of the National Selection for Eurovision-2023 stated:
"I am very grateful to all the musicians who, under really difficult circumstances, both emotional and domestic — often under sirens and shelling, in basements and in the absence of light — managed to do this important job. The task is difficult, because in addition to writing a good song that catches people, recording it in the studio and performing it live at auditions, the participants of the final had to follow all the rules established by the National Selection. As a result of the great joint work of the Suspilne team and the musicians who submitted their songs for participation in Eurovision-2023, this year in the final we will hear a lot of interesting new Ukrainian music of very different styles, and I am sure that each listener will find his favorite there. Beyond this dozen there are still many bright musicians who, I believe, will soon say their word in Ukrainian music. This gives hope and confidence that the next selections will be no less interesting."
The national final competing songs will be released in December along with the running order of the show. The outcome of the selection will be determined by televoting and jury voting. This year the jurors forming the jury panel have been selected via public voting which decided that the following three will server as jurors of the national final:
- Taras Topolya is the leader of the antytila group, a volunteer of the 130th battalion of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Volunteer, co-founder of the charitable foundation "ANTYTILA";
- Jamala, a singer and songwriter. Winner of the "Award for Outstanding Leadership of the Artist" from the Atlantic Council of the United States in 2022 and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- Julia Sanina is the frontwoman of the rock band The HARDKISS. Songwriter, composer. She was on the jury and mentor of the talent show "X-Factor", a participant in the TV show "Dancing with the Stars".
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 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.
In 2020 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 finishing in 5th place in the Grand final with a total of 364 points in the overall score.
This year, Kalush Orchestra represented the nation with their song 'Stefania'. Kalush Orchestra took part on May 12 in the 1st semi final achieving to qualify by winning the semifinal. The Ukrainian representatives brought the third trophy to Ukraine after winning the Grand final. The band accomplished to came 4th in the jury voting and by topping the televoting with the record breaking amount of 439 points won the competition with the overall score of 631 points.
News Source: UA:PBC
Image: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett