UA:PBC has confirmed Ukraine’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy. They join the likes of Australia’s SBS and Sweden’s SVT in confirming their participation less than a month after the 2021 Grand Final. It is unknown whether Vidbir will return as their selection method.
UA:PBC, the Ukrainian public broadcaster, has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating in Eurovision 2022. However, the broadcaster did not revealed any details of how they will select their entrant for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Since 2016, UA:PBC has worked with private broadcaster STB to run their national selection. Although Vidbir was used in 2020 to originally select GO_A, their 2021 entry “Shum” was selected internally via a jury process.
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine made their Eurovision debut back in 2003. The first to fly the country’s flag at the contest was Oleksandr Ponomariov who finished 14th with his entry “Hasta la vista“. Despite the underwhelming start, Ukraine didn’t have to wait long to achieve good results. In fact, in 2004 Ruslana triumphed in Istanbul with her charismatic entry “Wild Dances“. Ukraine also won the contest in 2016 with Jamala and her entry “1944“. Besides their two victories, Ukraine also placed second twice in 2007 and 2008 and third in 2013.
Following Eurovision’s cancellation in 2020, UA:PBC quickly announced that Go_A would return to represent Ukraine at the 2021 contest in Rotterdam with “Shum”. Their return to the Eurovision following their 2019 withdrawal was a success, with GO_A finishing 5th with 364 points, placing 2nd with the televote behind overall winners Måneskin.
Furthermore, Ukraine is now the only country that has a 100% qualification record for the Grand Final. Can they maintain this record in 2022?
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