Today the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC revealed the 27 names, who have a chance to get selected for the national final Vidbir. The show will take place on February 12th with a total of eight songs competing. The list will be narrowed down to 8 finalists and revealed next week. The winner will represent Ukraine in Turin at the Eurovision Song Contest!
27 acts left in the race!
- Alina Pash
- Kalush Orchestra
- Laura Marti
- Michael Soul
- Our Atlantic
- Sofia Shanti
- The blue artic
- The Tape Machine
- Victoria NIRO
- Vika Yahych
- Yuliia Timochko
‘Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the national selection has not been held since 2020. Over this time, Ukrainian musicians have obviously accumulated energy and materials, so the number of good applications was very big! Still, there have not been many arguments among the organizing committee members up to this point, and the long list was formed quite quickly. The fight is for the 8 positions in the final, so the hottest arguments are ahead!’Yaroslav Lodygin, member of the Managing Board of UA:PBC, revealed:
The Vidbir grand final will be broadcast live on UA: PERSJYI on 12 February at 18:00 CET.
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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