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UA:PBC reveals Vidbir 2023 long-list

Ukrainian national broadcaster, UA:PBC has revealed a long-list of the participants of Vidbir 2023, one of whom will have the chance to represent Ukraine in Liverpool at Eurovision 2023.

Official long list

Last week, Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC (Suspilne) provided a list of 36 budding artists who have been long-listed from a total of 384 submissions to participate in Vidbir 2023, Ukraine’s Eurovision national selection. According to reports, the final shortlist will be revealed on November 17. Whilst the official number of participants has not officially been confirmed, it is expected that the approximately 10 acts will be chosen from the current 36.

The full list is below:

  1. 2TONE
  2. Angelina
  3. DAYTON
  4. DEMCHUK
  5. Drevo
  6. Elysees
  7. FIINKA
  8. Havkа
  9. Jerry Heil
  10. Iana Kovaleva
  11. Kozak Siromaha
  12. KRUTЬ
  13. Lue Bason
  14. Moisei
  15. Olivan
  16. OOHLA
  17. Oy Sound System
  18. SASHA
  19. Seréen
  20. sexnesc
  21. Shy
  22. SKYLERR
  23. SOWA
  24. Tember Blanche
  25. Tery
  26. TVORCHI
  27. Victoria Niro
  28. Vynohradova
  29. Zetetics
  30. Lilu45
  31. Maks Ptashnyk
  32. Miya Ramari
  33. Royal’kit
  34. Sasha Fadeyeva
  35. TÓNKA
  36. Tsyferblat

Vidbir 2023

Rehearsals for Vidbir 2023 will be held on 14-16 December and the final is expected to be televised live on 17 December.

The music producer of Vidbir 2023, Dmytro Shurov expressed his excitement to Suspilne, and provided an exciting taste of what Ukrainians and Eurovision fans can expect from the upcoming national final. He also spoke fondly of the musical diversity and inspired songwriting that was present in all of the submissions presented.

In my opinion, now, during the war, and with complete uncertainty in the lives of musicians, this selection takes on a special significance: we not only choose those worthy to represent Ukraine at the competition, but also have the opportunity to hear a wide range of Ukrainian music that is being created here and now, no matter what“.

Dmytro Shurov, via Suspilne

From Shurov’s words, it seems that we can also expect a wide range of musical styles from Ukraine’s national final in December.

“We have a 36-song longlist that has everything from original songs, dream pop and rock to indie, rap and ethnic. There are also, of course, some solid modern songs capable of tearing up any scene. All this speaks of how creative our nation is, how much we strive to create“.

Dmytro Shurov, via Suspilne

The winner of Vidbir 2023 will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool in the United Kingdom. The outcome will be determined by both a jury and the general public. In addition, for the first time in Vidbir’s history, the public will have the opportunity to choose the members of the jury through online voting.

Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest

Out of 17 appearances since their debut at the 2003 contest in Latvia, Ukraine is the only country to hold a perfect qualification streak at Eurovision. Since then, they have won the contest three times, in 2004, 2016 and 2022, with Ruslana, Jamala and Kalush Orchestra. In May this year, Kalush Orchestra won with a total of 631 points. They also broke the record for the highest number of televoting points in the contest’s history. In recognition of their win, Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final in 2023.

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Isabella

I'm a dedicated Eurovision fan and new ESCXTRA contributor from the other side of the globe in Australia. Even though I'm fairly new to Eurovision, seeing as I was first introduced to it in 2016, this hasn't stopped me from looking back on all the previous years and loving the contest more and more.

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