XTRA Decides continues this Eurovision 2022 season. In this feature the team here at ESCXTRA rank the national final songs, giving our choice of the winner. We are ranking the songs using the Eurovision style 12-1 scoring system. We’ve now chosen Alina Pash with “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” as our winner of Ukraine’s Vidbir national final.
|Alina Pash – “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”||121||6|
|Roxolana – GIRLZZZZ||101||3|
|Kalush Orchestra – Stefania||93||1|
|Cloudless – All be alright||87||2|
|Michael Soul – Demons||73||0|
|Wellboy – Nozzy Bossy||70||0|
|Our Atlantic – Моя Любов||46||0|
|Barleben – Hear My Words||36||0|
What I love the most about Ukrainian entries is that they manage to stay true to their roots whilst also adhering to current trends in the musical industry. In “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”, Alina’s voice has a very tranquillising and transportive character and the atmospheric nature of the instrumentalisation is hauntingly beautiful. In particular, I really love the use of the trembita at the start of the song, as the wooden alpine horn, common to mountain dwellers, is a great reflection of Ukrainian folk music and the country’s pastoral roots. Once again, Ukraine hasn’t failed to disappoint me and arguably has a fantastic chance of continuing their impressive streak at Eurovision in Turin with Alina.
This song is absolutely exceptional, the melody is hypnotic and continues to built and build into the most gorgeous crescendo. This was the first song of the season to fully stop me in my tracks and command my attention in the way that “Solovey” and “Shum” did previously. There’s a sense of drama to the song that always elevates native language folk songs in a Eurovision context. As a huge fan of Alina’s music, this did not disappoint me in the slightest. I understand people’s complaints about the rap verse in the middle, but I think it adds character and texture to the song. I believe that there is immense potential here for staging, and I think the contest needs a song with this message, especially in this year.
Xtra Decides so far…
Previously on Xtra Decides:
- 🇨🇿 We Are Domi – “Lights Off”
- 🇦🇱 Ronela Hajati – “Sekret”
- 🇪🇸 Tanxugueiras – Terra
- 🇮🇱 Inbal Bibi – Marionette
- 🇲🇰 Andrea – Circles
- 🇮🇪 Brooke – That’s Rich
- 🇮🇹 La Rappresentante di Lista – Ciao Ciao
- 🇱🇻 Aminata – I’m Letting You Go
- 🇱🇹 Rūta Loop – Call Me from the Cold
- 🇪🇪 ELYSA – Fire
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