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:
- Jerry Heil
- Iana Kovaleva
- Kozak Siromaha
- Lue Bason
- Oy Sound System
- Tember Blanche
- Victoria Niro
- Maks Ptashnyk
- Miya Ramari
- Sasha Fadeyeva
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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