Ukraine: These are the 10 participants of Vidbir 2023!

Exactly one month before Ukraine’s national final, the country’s broadcaster, UA:PBC made the official announcement about the ten artists out of the 36 that made it to Vidbir 2023.

The list of the participants is as follows:

  • 2TONE – “Kvitka” (Flower)
  • Angelina – “Stronger”
  • DEMCHUK – “Alive”
  • FIINKA – “Dovbush”
  • Jerry Heil – “WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR”
  • KRUTЬ – “Kolyskova” (Lullaby)
  • Moisei – “I’m Not Alone”
  • OY Sound System – “Oy, tuzhu” (Oh, I miss you)
  • Tember Blanche – “Ya Vdoma” (I’m home)
  • TVORCHI – “Heart Of Steel”

There are also artists that have previously taken part in Vidbir, such as Jerry Heil with “Vegan“, KRUTЬ with “99” and TVORCHI with “Bonfire“!

Vidbir 2023

The final of Vidbir 2023 will take place on 17 December 2022 in Kiev at Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station. The winner of the national final will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool. The winner will be selected by the combination of public’s and jury’s vote. The jury, chosen by the public through a vote, will consist of Taras Topola, Jamala (Eurovision 2016 winner) and Yulia Sanina.

Ukraine managed to win last year’s contest with Kalush Orchestra and “Stefania” with a record number of votes from the televoting!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding Vidbir and Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2023!

Cyprus: It’s final | Cyprus’ representative for Eurovision 2023 will not be selected through “All Together Now”!

As we previously reported as the most plausible scenario, has now become almost certain; All Together Now will not be used as the method of selection for the artist that will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2023.

The trailer of the talent show that will be broadcast through Alpha TV (Greek free-to-air channel) and will be presented by Nikos Koklonis, is already on air, without a single reference to Eurovision or the possibility of the winner representing Cyprus in the upcoming competition.

Further to this, according to our exclusive information, “All Together Now” is scheduled to be aired in the second half of the year, since another show (“J2US”), will be broadcast instead in the first half. The preparation required for All Together Now is quite extensive and the production team could not make it in time to have the artist selected for Eurovision. Have in mind that additional time is anyway required for choosing an appropriate song.

However, the plans of Nikos Kokloni’s production company (“Barking Well Media”) for a talent show through which the winner will also get the ticket for the Eurovision Song Contest are not altogether abandoned. So, and if “All Together Now” gets the green light for a second season, we might see it return in the fall of 2023, for the selection of the Cyprus’ representative for Eurovision 2024.

Based on the above and without anything being a foregone conclusion, the most likely scenario is that CYBC will choose both the song and the artist by direct assignment, as in the previous years.

Stay tuned for updates on the matter!

Cyprus: Is All Together Now the national selection show for 2023?

Although Andromachi did not qualify for the final and RIK had the lowest rating of a Eurovision final since 2013,the Cypriot public broadcaster is already planning its selection for Eurovision 2023.

There have been hints since September this year, when the CEO of Panik Records Giorgos Arsenakos revealed in an interview to OK magazine, that Panik was in talks with RIK already for the 2023 contest about a talent show, the winner of which will represent Cyprus in Eurovision 2023.

Even though there is no official announcement yet, Greek online media are reporting that the BBC format All Together Now, which will be aired on Alpha TV the fall of 2022, is going to be the show where the representative of Cyprus for the 2023 contest will be chosen. The format has been successfully adapted by many countries and in each episode, contestants perform in front of 100 judges, aiming to gain their vote. In the Greek version,  it is rumored that the judges will be 50 instead of 100 and it will include singers, songwriters and radio producers among them. The production will be by Barking Well Media, and seems that the host will be the owner of the production company and TV host, Nikos Koklonis.

Below you can see the 2019 UK representative Michael Rise, who rose to fame through the British version of All together Now when he got the vote of all 100 judges.

What do you think about All Together Now being the potential national selection show of the 2023 Cypriot entry? Tell us in the comments!

Israel: Eurovision 2023 participation confirmed!

Israel confirmed its participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and is searching for a national final format.

KAN published a tender searching for the Israeli national selection for Eurovision 2023. By launching the tender for its national final, Israel confirmed its participation for Eurovision 2023, alongside San Marino and Cyprus for which it is already known that the will compete in the contest

The Israeli public broadcaster is looking for proposals from other broadcasters of the country, to collaborate for the national final. The proposed television show would select the Israeli representative and must be a show that has been produced or broadcasted in Israel or internationally.

The tender process follows the same process as was previously used to determine the Israeli selection between 2015 and 2021. From 2015 to 2020 the Israeli representative was selected using “Rising Star”, while “The X Factor Israel” was utilised in 2021.