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LISTEN: Entries of Vidbir 2023 released

The running order was released along with the 10 entries.

UA:PBC, the Ukrainian national broadcaster for Eurovision, has revealed the ten finalists of Vidbir 2023, which is due to take place on December 17. The running order for the selection has also been confirmed.

Last month, UA:PBC released the longlist of 36 artists for the selection, followed by the shortlisted 10 finalists.

The running order, as drawn today via a streamed press conference, is as follows:

  1. Moisei – I’m Not Alone
  2. OY Sound System – “Oy, tuzhu” (Oh, longing)
  3. DEMCHUK – Alive
  4. Jerry Heil – WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR
  5. FIINKA – “Dovbush”
  6. KRUTЬ –  “Kolyskova” (Lullaby)
  7. Tember Blanche – “Ya vdoma” (I’m home)
  8. Angelina – Stronger
  9. 2TONE – “Kvitka” (Flower)
  10. TVORCHI – Heart Of Steel

You can listen to the songs below:

Among the finalists are returning artists Jerry Heil, KRUTЬ and TVORCHI, who participated in the 2020 edition of the selection, where they finished in 6th, 3rd and 4th, respectively.

Vidbir 2023

On December 17, the Ukranian national final Vidbir will take place in the capital city Kyiv. This method of choosing the representative for Eurovision has been used almosy every year since 2016 (Go_A was re-selected internally in 2021), although this year will be different than the years before. Due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, the shows will be hosted at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station, instead of a television studio.

Another, more positive, change, is the influence of the audience on choosing the national jury members. Via online voting, the public could choose who they’d want to judge the participating artists. Some well known names entered the voting game, like Kateryna Pavlenko (Ukraine 2021) and Eurovision 2006 representative and former Vidbir judge Tina Karol.

Eventually, the following three judges received the most votes, with over 500 thousand people participating in the voting:

  • Taras Topolya – Frontman of Antitila (17.41%)
  • Jamala – Winner of Eurovision 2016 (15.71%)
  • Yulia Sanina – Frontwoman of The Hardkiss (15.7%)

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