Ukraine: UA:PBC Reveals That 42 Songs Submitted to Vidbir 2023 So Far!

The Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC, has announced that so far, 42 songs have been submitted to Vidbir 2023. It also revealed that the most common reason for the submitted songs to be ineligibe for selection, is that they are being over three minutes long and have been publicly performed in the past.

Oksana Skybinska, Head of Delegation for Ukraine, explained:

“It is very important that the song which has been is submitted to the selection has not appeared anywhere before – in whole or in part. This composition, which can be up to 3 minutes long, could have been written specifically for the National Selection or is simply waiting for its time to be sung loudly for the first time for the whole world precisely at the selection. We also urgently ask you to send us the final version of the song so that we can evaluate the composition as fully as possible.”

Submissions for Vidbir 2023 will be open until October 15th, while the national final will take place during December 2022 in Kyiv. The winner that will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2023, will be selected by a combination of jury and public voting. The jury members will be chosen by the public.

Ukraine was represented in Eurovision 2022 by Kalush Orchestra and their song “Stefania”. In the end, they managed to win the contest. They also achieved the greatest televote result in the history of ESC. Due to the ongoing war situation in Ukraine, EBU declared it unable to host Eurovision 2023, making it the first time since 1980 that the contest will not be held at the previous winning country. However, Ukraine will still automatically qualify for the final as it won the last year’s contest.

Source: Eurovoix

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