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🇺🇦 Oleksandr Balabanov releases final version of ‘Vidkryvai’

The closer we get to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the closer we are to hearing the final versions of the entries taking part. After winning the right to represent Ukraine last month in this year’s contest, Oleksandr Balabanov has released the final version of his entry ‘Vidkryvai’, which you are able to hear below:

Music video for ‘Vidkryvai’ currently being filmed

Upon the release of the revamped version of ‘Vidkryvai’, it was revealed that a music video for Ukraine’s entry is being filmed, with scenes being filmed across Kyiv.

Behind-the-scenes pictures and clips have been posted at the official Instagram profile of the Ukrainian delegation.

At the time of writing, UA:PBC is yet to reveal when the music video for ‘Vidkryvai’ will be released.

Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Back in 2006, Ukraine made their Junior Eurovision debut, finishing 9th with Nazar Slyusarchuk’s ‘Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll’. They have participated in every contest since then, and are one of the best-performing countries overall. This year will mark their 15th participation in the contest.

They won the 2012 contest with ‘Nebo’ by Anastasiya Petryk, whose sister Viktoria had come second at the 2008 contest. Although the winner of the junior contest doesn’t automatically host the following year, Ukraine hosted the 2009 edition. In fact, they have hosted the contest in Kiev’s Palace of Sports on two occasions now, in 2009 and then in 2013. This made them only the second country at the time to host the Junior contest twice (after the Netherlands). Of course Poland now boasts back to back wins in 2018 and 2019 to make this three.

Last year UA:PBC selected Sophia Ivanko to represent Ukraine in Gliwice-Silesia with the entry, ‘The Spirit of Music’. During the contest she finished a respectable 15th place with 59 points.

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