Last month, GO_A won Vidbir 2020 and confirmed that “Solovey” would be the entry bringing Ukraine back to the Eurovision Song Contest following their withdrawal last year. Despite yet more drama and uncertainty, the band are pushing ahead and have released a revamped version of their entry with some added richness to the production.
GO_A had previously teased a revamp of “Solovey” via their Instagram stories over the past few weeks. However, lead singer Kateryna Pavlenko confirmed that the changes wouldn’t include a translation. Therefore, “Solovey” remains Ukraine’s first Eurovision entry to remain fully in Ukrainian.
You can listen to the revamp below:
GO_A are a Ukrainian electro-folk band that formed in Kiev in 2012. The band comprises of Kateryna Pavlenko, Ihor Didenchuk, Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Hryhoriak.
The band’s big break came in 2015, when their single “Vesnianka” (Веснянка) reached number one Kiss FM 10Dance chart for six weeks. The song was also awarded ‘The Best Song In Ukraine’ 2015 and ‘the Discovery of the Year’ by Kiss FM. The following year, they released their debut album dy na zvuk (Іди на звук).
Earlier this year, it was revealed that GO_A would be making their Vidbir debut in 2020. The band qualified from the first semi-final in second place, and went on to win the final with top points from both the jury and the televote.
However, as ever with Ukraine, it hasn’t been plain sailing. Following their win, their participation was put into jeopardy when the Ministry of Justice has frozen all accounts and funding of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC) due to historical debts. Thankfully, the parties involved are working to insure that Ukraine remain in contention this time.
Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine has competed in the contest 15 times, winning twice and regularly featuring in the top 10 – becoming a modern Eurovision powerhouse for songs and exceptional staging. To date, Ukraine remains one of two participating countries who have always qualified for the final.
While initially set to compete in the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, the country withdrew after controversy surrounding the winner of Vidbir 2019. MARUV won the national final with ‘Siren Song’ but was unable to agree the terms of the contract set by UA:PBC. The broadcaster was also unable to reach agreement with any of the other artists to participate either, forcing a withdrawal.
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