Zlata Dziunka has won the Ukrainian national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022. She will compete with the song ‘Nezlamna’ (Unbreakable) in Yerevan, Armenia.
Ukraine’s national final was broadcast live on the Suspilne Kultura TV channel, Eurovision Ukraine YouTube channel and Eurovision Ukraine Facebook page. Public online voting and jury voting decided the winner from five finalists. The show was hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko.
The jury members provided 50% of the vote, they were:
- Khrystyna Solovyy (singer-songwriter)
- Myroslava Saliy (singer, vocal coach)
- Anzhelika Rudnytska (TV presenter, artist)
After a tie for first place between Sofia Artemenko & DJ Polinka, and Zlata Dzyunka, the jury voted once again to decide the eventual winner.
|Zlata Dzyunka – “Nezlamna” (Unbreakable)||9pts (5 jury + 4 public)|
|Sofia Artemenko and DJ Polinka – “Zamovlyannya” (Order)||9pts (4 jury + 5 public)|
|Darya Rebrova – “Paporoti kvitka” (Fern flower)||6pts: (3 jury + 3 public)|
|Diana Stasiuk – “We are the Future”||3pts (2 jury + 1 public)|
|Elizaveta Petruk – “Pisnya pro Lelechat” (Stork song)||3pts (1 jury + 2 public)|
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 17th 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.
Last year Ukraine selected Olena Usenko with “Vazhil” for the Parisian final. During the contest she placed 6th overall with 125 points.