“Teresa & Maria” is officially Ukraine’s Eurovision 2024 entry!

Ukraine‘s entry for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest was selected through Vidbir 2024, which was held last Saturday. However, because of technical difficulties with the voting process, the results were not made public until one day later. Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil were the winners and therefore representatives of Ukraine, with the song “Teresa & Maria”.

The representation of Ukraine by “Teresa & Maria” became official today, following the signing of the necessary documents by the artists and the country’s public broadcaster,

Disagreements between the winners of Vidbir and the Ukrainian public television in 2019 and 2022 resulted in these documents not being signed, which in turn caused the country’s representative to be replaced. More precisely, despite placing second in the national final, Kalush Orchestra took Alina Pash‘s position in 2022. Accordingly, Maruv‘s refusal to sign the respective contracts, due to their restrictive terms, led to Ukraine’s withdrawal from Eurovision 2019.

Ukraine’s Eurovision 2024 entry:

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Source: Suspline

Ukraine: SKYLERR’s withdrawal violates Vidbir 2024 rules!

Vidbir 2024, the national final through which Ukraine‘s entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest will be selected, took place last night. However, the results, which are scheduled to be revealed today at 17:00 CET, were not able to be announced  due to a technical issue that occurred during the voting process.

SKYLERR decided to pull out of the competition as a result of these technical problems. However, the country’s broadcaster claims that this is against the rules of the contest. As such, the singer’s request to withdraw was denied!

In case this entry wins, the performer retains the right to refuse to participate in Eurovision. However, this is not foreseen before the results are announced.

SKYLERR issued the following statement in light of her withdrawal, voicing her doubts regarding the validity of the results:

This decision was hard for me, but my creativity, for music, for the stage, for work, for singing, for my people, for you, for all of us, remains. Everything that’s going on right now has nothing to do with any of this and nothing to do with me. Unfortunately, the vote cannot be returned at this time and I trust the moment. The app didn’t work last night or this morning, but as far as I know, it’s working again. The votes can be counted wrong. I understand that this is a big system, it is a failure and everyone has the same conditions, but I am still in favour of a transparent and clear vote, which is not happening at the moment. I’m not interested in participating in these public relations contests that have developed because of this situation, “There are no winners in this marathon” my song lyrics are more relevant today than ever. I stay true to myself, my messages, and my song. Please, if you didn’t get a chance to listen to the song, do it now! In all circumstances, remain human, because time is running out! Don’t lose yourself and don’t lose each other.

SKYLERR’s performance in the Vidbir 2024 final:

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Source: Suspline

Ukraine: These are the hosts of Vidbir 2024!

The Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC unveiled the hosts of Vidbir 2024. Timur Miroshnychenko, Yuliya Sanina and the stand-up comedian Vasyl Baidak will host the big final.

Timur Miroshnychenko and Yuliya Sanina are no strangers to Eurovision fans.

Timur presented the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 alongside Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk. Also, he has been covering Eurovision commentary-wise since 2007 and hosted the Junior Eurovision of 2009 and 2013 that took place in Ukraine.

Yuliya Sanina is the frontwoman of the band The HARDKISS and was one of the hosts of last year’s contest in Liverpool.

Anna Tulyeva, the presenter of the videoblog Eurovision Ukraine, will host the backstage and the pre-show of the ukrainian national selection.

We remind you that Vidbir 2024 is set to air on February 3rd at 18:00 CET, live on the UA public TV channel (UA:First). The result will be determined by 50% of public voting and 50% of jury voting.

The finalists of Vidbir 2024 are the following:
  1. YAKTAK — «Lalala»
  2. INGRET — «Keeper»
  3. NAZVA — «Slavic English»
  4. ANKA — «Палала»
  5. Drevo — «Endless chain»
  6. alyona alyona & Jerry Heil — «Teresa & Maria»
  8. SKYLERR — «Time is running out»
  9. Ziferblat — «Place I Call Home»
  10. YAGODY — «Tsunamia»


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Source: Suspilne

Ukraine: Vidbir songs to be unveiled from January 12th!

The competing entries in the Ukrainian National Preselection Process, Vidbir, are scheduled to be released from the 12th January onwards.The list of the 12 hopefuls competing for the golden ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 in Sweden, is the following:

  • ANKA – “Palala” – Winner of Wildcard
  • alyona alyona & Jerry Heil – “Teresa & Maria”
  • Drevo – “Endless chain” – Release on January 12
  • INGRET – “Keeper” – Release on January 15
  • MÉLOVIN – “DREAMER” – Release on January 12
  • NAZVA – “Slavic English” – Release on January 12
  • SKYLERR – “Time is running out”
  • YAGODY — “Tsunamia”
  • YAKTAK — “Lalala”
  • Ziferblat — “Place I Call Home”

The preselection process,which consists of both public and jury votes,is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of February.The entrant with the most points at the end of the voting process will fly to Malmö to compete against the other countries’ representatives.

In 2023,Ukraine reached the 6th place with Tvorchi and their song “Heart of Steel”.

source: Suspline

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Ukraine: Vidbir 2024 wildcard vote has begun!

The Ukrainian broadcasting company, UA:PBC, has opened the voting for the wildcard of Vidbir 2024,the country’s preselection process for the Eurovision 2024 entrant.The songs of the nine artists participating in the online voting are already available on the broadcaster’s YouTube channel.

The 9 artists taking part in the voting process are the following:

  1. ANKA — «Палала»
  2. Carpetman — «Endless fight»
  3. KARYOTYPE — «Sadness»
  4. KRYLATA — «Queen»
  5. PARFENIUK — «Серед вітрів»
  7. STASYA — «Rika»
  8. SWOIIA ​​— «Little Angels»
  9. TESLENKO — «Lights go up»

This voting aims to give one more entrant the chance to take part in the national final and compete against the rest of the artists on the 3rd of February.You can vote for your favorite artist here.Deadline:December 21st.

Here is the list of the 10 competing entries of the national final:

  • alyona alyona & Jerry Heil — «Teresa & Maria»
  • Drevo — «Endless chain»
  • INGRET — «Keeper»
  • NAZVA — «Slavic English»
  • SKYLERR — «Time is running out»
  • YAGODY — «Tsunamia»
  • YAKTAK — «Lalala»
  • Ziferblat — «Place I Call Home»

The winners of the 2023 edition were TVORCHI.Their song.”Heart of Steel”,won them the sixth place in the Grand Final in Liverpool.

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Ukraine: The nine songs vying for the wildcard spot in Vidbir 2024!

The songs of the nine artists who will be competing in the online voting, for a spot in Vidbir 2024, Ukraine’s national selection for Eurovision 2024, have been released on the YouTube channel of the country’s broadcaster UA:PBC.

The nine artists who will participate in the online voting are:

1. ANKA«Палала»
2. Carpetman«Endless fight»
3. KARYOTYPE«Sadness»
4. KRYLATA«Queen»
5. PARFENIUK«Серед вітрів»
7. STASYA«Rika»
8. SWOIIA ​​— «Little Angels»
9. TESLENKO«Lights go up»

In a few days, an online voting will start for these nine contestants who were not selected to advance directly to the finals. This vote will determine one additional competitor for the grand final.

At the beginning of the new year, the ten songs that advanced to the final will be released.

The 10 artists participating in Vidbir 2024 are:
  • alyona alyona & Jerry Heil — «Teresa & Maria»
  • Drevo — «Endless chain»
  • INGRET — «Keeper»
  • NAZVA — «Slavic English»
  • SKYLERR — «Time is running out»
  • YAGODY — «Tsunamia»
  • YAKTAK — «Lalala»
  • Ziferblat — «Place I Call Home»

By December 29th, the complete list of the 11 finalists will be published.

In February 2024, the Vidbir 2024 final will take place. Both the public and the jury will vote to choose the winner. The Ukrainian audience is going to select the jury’s composition later on through online voting.

The previous winners of Vidbir and subsequently Ukraine’s representatives at Eurovision 2023 were TVORCHI with their song “Heart of Steel”, with which they finished in sixth place in the final ranking.


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Source: Suspilne 

Jamala on the Russian government’s wanted list!

Jamala, who won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine and is of Tatar heritage, was discovered to be on the Russian government’s wanted list earlier today, according to reports from the RIA and TASS news agencies.

More precisely, the singer is being prosecuted for allegedly disparaging Moscow’s armed forces, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Jamala is renowned for her efforts to enlighten and raise the public’s awareness of the situation in Ukraine following the Russian invasion. She has publicly criticized the Russian regime on multiple occasions in this regard, which infuriated Moscow and brought about this situation.

Her Eurovision entry was also politically fraught as it discussed the 1944 expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars by Stalin’s Soviet authority. She stated that the song was also referencing the 2014 Russian invasion of Crimea in addition to this historical occurrence.

Using an emoji to convey her displeasure, Jamala, who is now touring Australia to raise funds for the bolstering of the Ukrainian army, responded to the news through an instagram story:

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Ukraine: The Live Auditions of Vidbir 2024 have started!

Just a few days prior, Suspilne has revealed the twenty artists that will compete in Vidbir 2024 in order to represent Ukraine in Eurovision 2024. The twenty artists announced were those longlisted to advance to the “Live Auditions”, which would then determine the participants of Vidbir’s 2024 televised final.

While, the reveal of the final line-up will take place no later than November 20, the Live Auditions started in Ukraine. A couple days prioe, half of the participants longlisted were auditioned, with Suspilne providing us with a backstage video on the first day of Vidbir 2024 Live Auditions.

The participants auditioned first were the following:

  • Alyona Alyona & Jerry Heil
  • ANKA
  • Carpetman
  • Drevo

What’s next for Vidbir 2024?

The remaining ten participants are expected to audition in the coming days:

  • Ziferblat
  • Julia Belei

Based on the Live Auditions’ result, the aforementioned longlisted participants will be reduced to ten.

Moreover, among the remaining competitors, who were not advanced to the final at this stage, an online voting will be held in order to determine one more participant to the televised final of Vidbir 2024.

The ten finalists, decided by their Live Auditions’ result, will be announced no later than November 20. Meanwhile, we expect the online public vote for the extra spot, following the announcement of the other ten finalists.

The televised final of Vidbir 2024 will be held in February 2024. The winner will be determined by public and jury voting. Also, the composition of the jury will be decided by the Ukrainian public at a later time through online voting.

The previous winners of Vidbir and Ukraine’s representatives in Eurovision 2023, were Tvorchi with their song “Heart of Steel”, ending up in sixth place of the Grand Final.

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Spain: RTVE has offered to Host Eurovision 2023 if Ukraine wins!

According to El Confidencial, Spanish broadcaster RTVE is considering a bid with the European Broadcasting Union for a bid to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the event that Ukraine wins tomorrow’s Grand Final. Ukraine is currently the big favorite to win the competition, but it is very likely that it will not be allowed to host due to the current situation in the country.

The news agency reports that RTVE will meet with the European Broadcasting Union today to discuss the offer. Spain last hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 and is currently the country with the largest gap between its last victory and today.

The city of Stockholm in Sweden has stated its willingness to host, while SVT has not yet commented on the matter. The Icelandic media also reported that RÚV is positive about the possibility of hosting the 2023 competition. There are also rumors that the United Kingdom and Germany want to host the competition.

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Source: El Confidencial

Eurovision 2022: Ukraine’s Second Rehearsal!

The second section of the 5th day of rehearsals in Turin starts with Ukraine. Ukraine is the big odds’ favourite, giving them a 43% possibility of winning! The first rehearsal seemed similar to the performance of the national selection. The members of Kalush Orchestra wore traditional clothes, while light and blue lighting dominated the staging. Kalush Orchestra with their song ‘Stefania’ come on stage for their second rehearsal hoping to live up to the people’s expectations.

The Second Rehearsal

Ukraine’s rehearsal starts with a close shot on the front water part of the stage, the water has orange color. The yellow and orange colors are dominant in the backround also.  The artists of the band are standing still being shadowed by the lighting. Then the rap part hits, the staging here is similar to the national selection’s one. There is a cool effect with their shadows on the led floor, being surrounded by an orange-sunset like color. They are doing a characteristic grooving move. The artists are wearing traditional clothes. In the instrumental they are dancing like in the national selection performance. In the second pre-chorus we see again the shadows in the led floor grooving but the shadows this time are multi-colored with traditional shapes. In the second chorus the backround turns blue. The performance is much more enhanced compared to the national selection one. The staging features wide use of the led floor. In the bridge, the artists are clapping cheering the audience to clap, too and the backround turns again to orange. There are shots in the audience. At the last intrumental part the dancer is doing some moves in the middle, while there is a good shot from above showing the effects of the led floor. At the end each member of the band becomes more free. They are bringing a party on the Eurovision stage!

Below you can watch an exclusive preview clip of Kalush Orchestra’s second rehearsal:



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