The Ukrainian broadcaster Suspline has released the number of submissions received to Vidbir for this year’s Eurovision entry. The final date of Vidbir 2022 is pending, but it will be in February, with the date of the 12th a possibility according to OGAE Ukraine.
The submissions window for Vidbir 2022 has now closed. Ukrainian broadcaster Suspline (UA:PBC), has announced that 284 songs were received to compete in Vidbir to be Ukraine’s next Eurovision entry. This is a massive step up from the 53 submissions reported a few weeks ago, and the 120 submissions reported on Saturday. 164 submissions were therefore entered to Vidbir in the final few days.
On January 24th Suspline will reveal the participants. Names known to have submitted songs include Wellboy, ROXOLANA, hurtom, GORIM and Junior Eurovision participant Sophia Ivanko.
Final date speculation & format
The date for Vidbir 2022 is yet to be confirmed by UA:PBC. However, it will be most likely in February. The date rumoured is 12th February, according to a post from the OGAE Ukraine group. The broadcasters have not yet confirmed this date. The producers of Vidbir will be Friends Production, one of the largest producers of teleproductions in Ukraine.
The final will be 150 minutes long and involve 8-10 acts. A combination of jury and public voting will decide the result of the contest.
Ukraine at Eurovision 2021
GO_A originally won their spot to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2020 with “Solovey” after winning Vidbir. 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”.
Ukraine’s return to the Eurovision following their 2019 withdrawal was a success. GO_A finished 5th with 364 points, placing 2nd with the televote behind overall winners Måneskin. In our Voting Quirks feature, we uncovered that Ukraine landed a top three finish in 42% of televoting countries in the Grand Final.
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