Ukraine: Suspilne receives 389 songs for Eurovision 2024 national selection

Ukraine: Suspilne receives 389 songs for Eurovision 2024 national selection
Wednesday, 25 October 2023

  • The Ukrainian national broadcaster, Suspilne, has received a total of 389 songs for the Eurovision 2024 national selection, Vidbir 2024. 

    Ukraine will be selecting their Eurovision 2024 via the national selection format of Vidbir. The submission period lasted from August 30 till October 22. A total of 389 songs were sent to Suspilne, by 288 artists, 222 of whom are solo singers.

    Ukrainian is the  primary language of the songs by 57.5%, while  33% of the entries  are performed in English. Also there is a 9% which are bilingual and 0.5% are in other languages.

    The long list of entries and acts making it to the next stage will be revealed on November 9. Circa 20 acts will progress to the next phase where they will go through auditions. A total of 10 names will see themselves reaching the national final stage by November 20.

    In addition one more act from the long list will fill in one more spot in the final, which will be determined by an online voting to be held right after the 10 finalists are released. 

    The Ukrainian national final is expected to take place in February as a televised show the results of which will be influenced by jury and public voting. The public will have also a say on which people will from the jury through a special online 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 three times, in 2004 with Ruslana and in 2016 (Jamala) and in 2022 (Kalush Orchestra). 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 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.

    In 2022 Kalush Orchestra represented the nation with their song 'Stefania'Kalush Orchestra.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. 

    This year TVOCRCHI defened the Ukrainian colors in Liverpool with the song 'Heart of Steel' which finished 6th in the Grand final. 


    News Source:Suspilne

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