Ukraine: Vidbir 2024 11 songs and performance line-up released!

A while ago, the Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, released through its official YouTube channel, the eleven songs that will compete in Vidbir 2024, with the aim of becoming the country’s next representative, for Eurovision 2024!

Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final returns for another year as the method of selecting the country’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. With a total of eleven entries, out of 389 songs submitted, Vidbir 2024 will be held from the Maidan Nezalezhnosti station of the Kyiv metro.

The songs and artist lineup for Vidbir 2024

The order of appearance of the eleven artists at Vidbir 2024 is as follows (You can listen to the songs of the candidates by clicking on the corresponding link):

  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»

We remind you that the national final of Ukraine for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will be held on February 3 at 18:00 cet, live on the UA public TV channel (UA:First). The result will be decided with 50% by the TV audience and 50% by the jury.

Also the composition of the jury will be decided by the Ukrainian public later through online voting.

The previous winners of Vidbir and then representatives of the country at Eurovision 2023, were TVORCHI with their song “Heart of Steel”, with which they ended up in sixth place in the final ranking.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the updates!

Source:  UA:PBC

Ukraine: Listen to the 10 songs competing in Vidbir 2023!

A few minutes ago, the public broadcaster of Ukraine, UA:PBC, published through their official YouTube channel, the 10 songs that will compete in Vidbir 2023, in order to claim the country’s representation in Eurovision 2023!
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Ukraine: Kateryna Pavlenko of Go_A will announce the 12 points in the Grand Final!

According to the announcement of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC, Kateryna Pavlenko, the lead singer of Go_A, who represented the country in 2020 and 2021 and finished 5th in last year’s competition, will announce the 12 points of the Ukrainian jury in the Grand Final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest.

“I am very happy to be part of this year’s Eurovision. I remember our joy when the first 12 points were announced. “It’s nice to realize that I have the opportunity to make someone even happier,” Katerina commented.

The following countries have already announced their spokespersons :

  • Greece – Stefania
  • Spain – Nieves Álvarez
  • France – Élodie Gossuin
  • Sweden – Dotter
  • Lithuania – Vaidotas Valiukevičius
  • Belgium – David Jeanmotte
  • Slovenia – Lorella Flego
  • Croatia – Monika Lelas Halambek
  • United Kingdom – AJ Odudu
  • Montenegro – Zombijana Bones

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Ukraine: These are the 8 artists to compete in Vidbir 2022!

A short while ago, Ukraine‘s public broadcaster, UA:PBC, announced the candidates for the country’s national final, Vidbir 2022, with the aim of selecting Ukraine’s next representative for Eurovision 2022!

A total of 284 songs had been submitted. Initially in the first phase, a panel of experts selected the 26 best songs. In the second phase, only eight artists went on to participate in the grand final.

The eight artists who will compete in Vidbir 2022 are:

  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutih predkiv
  • Cloudless – “All be Alright
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania
  • LAUD – “Head Under Water
  • Michael Soul – “Demons
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya Lyubov
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZΖZ
  • Wellboy – “Νozzy Bossy

As a reminder, Ukraine’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place on 12 February at 18:00 CET, live on UA public TV (UA:First). Frends Pro TV LLC will produce the Final of the National Selection, and will also create a Live on Tape video of the winner in case it is needed in Turin.

Source: UA:PBC

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Go_A: “Ukraine has its own language and culture and we have a chance to show it” | Exclusive interview! (video)

EurovisionFun had the pleasure and the honor of hosting Go_A in an exclusive interview. Go_A is a Ukrainian electro-folk band and consists of Kateryna Pavlenko, Ihor Didenchuk, Taras Shevchenko και Ivan Hryhoriak. This year, after their victory in the national final Vidbir 2020, they were set to represent Ukraine in Eurovision with the song “Solovey“, while from very early, after the cancellation of the competition, it was announced that they will internally represent the country in 2021 in Rotterdam.

Info: The idea to form a band that will combine modern electronic music with ethnic motifs first came to Taras Shevchenko in 2011, but the first attempts to work with actual musicians were in 2012. At the end of that year, in December, the first song “Koliada” was released. The band’s name means “return to the roots” and was made by combining the English word “Go” with the Greek letter “Alpha“, which symbolizes the beginning of everything.

Interview with Go_A

First of all, thank you for this interview. You won Vidbir 2020 and you would represent Ukraine in Eurovision 2020 with the song “Solovey”. How you felt after winnng your country’s national final this year?

Actually it was quite a surprise for us. We couldn’t believe that a band that had been staying in musical underground for 7 years without a manager or label support could win such contest. So our first impression was “Ok, what’s the catch?”. But then we felt a great responsibility, because we understood we were the first band in Eurovision history that would perform a song fully in Ukrainian. We find it very important. As one of our European fans said, not many people in Europe or the rest of the world know that Ukraine has its own language and culture – and we have a chance to show it.

How you felt after the heartbreaking announcement that this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was cancelled?

Taras: When Eurovision was cancelled everything happened so fast, there hadn’t any time for feelings.  We were working in the studio when we received two messages on my phone. The first one – Eurovision was cancelled, the second one – UA:PBC (which is responsible for Eurovision in Ukraine) had decided that we would be the Ukraine’s entry for Eurovision 2021.

Could you tell us more about your team behind “Solovey”? Will be the same team for your next year’s entry?

The song was written by Taras & Kate so next year it will be the same way. As for the performance team – we are looking for professionals that will help us implement our ideas.

“Solovey” has a unique and traditional sound and it’s in Ukrainian language. What that, singing in your own language, means to you? Will you still use traditional sounds and Ukrainian in 2021?

Our aim is to show our cultural heritage to the whole world because we believe it should take its place in pop music the same way it has already happened with Indian, Arabian and Latin folk music. And of course it includes us singing in Ukrainian and using traditional Ukrainian sound techniques.

As I said before, your song was among the few traditional songs this year. Do you believe that in the future contests, the countries should prefer to use traditional sounds and their own language?

We think that depends on the artist. Every artist expresses his/her thoughts and emotions through the song’s lyrics. Some of them are great in writing songs in English, others prefer to do it in their own language. Our song Solovey wouldn’t sound like Solovey any more if it was translated in English but still there are a lot of great songs in English and I can’t imagine them being performed in a different language. Again, it’s all about the artist’s attitude.

In 2016, Jamala won Eurovision for Ukraine. How would you feel if you were the 3d act which will bring the contest in your country?

We would consider it to be a great honor and responsibility. But based on our experience of winning Ukraine’s national selection we understand it’s difficult to predict one’s feelings till the very moment.

The last years, Ukraine used to organize a national final. How did you feel when you noticed that you have internally selected for 2021?

We had very little time to feel anything. For us it was like “Ok, we need to write another song for the next year, so lets get started”.

As you already let us know, you will create five songs for your personal national final so people will choose the best one. Have you already some songs on hand? Have you started the preparation about that?

The idea first came up as a joke but then we realized it was a good way to show some respect to people who voted for us this year. We started to work in the studio right after Eurovision had been cancelled and so far we have several pieces of music. But you’d never know which song will be THE song or in our case – one of several songs. I mean, in the past we had situations when we did a song, put it on the shelf, then listened to it in several days and realized it wasn’t “us”, it didn’t feel like a Go_A song – so we just threw it away. Maybe we’ll treat our song we did for the last two months the same way. Maybe not. Time will tell.

This year, Greece would be represented by the 17 years old Stefania with the song “Supergirl”. Stefania also already confirmed for 2021. What do you think about her?

“SUPERG!RL” is incredibly powerful and yet very tender song, and so is Stefania herself. Can’t wait to hear her new song for Eurovision 2021.

*In closing, Go_A sent a message to EurovisionFun as well as to all Greeks who will be invited to vote for Ukraine at Eurovision 2021!*

We warmly thank Go_A for this interview and we wish them best of luck next year in Rotterdam!

Ukraine: With Go_A in Eurovision 2021

The official public broadcaster of Ukraine, UA: PBC, has announced on its website that it will be represented at Eurovision 2021 by Go_A! Go_A were announced as Vidbir 2020 winners and were due to compete in the Netherlands with “Solovey”.

Thus, the Public Channel of Ukraine will not make any additional national choice regarding the election of its representatives. UA President: PBC said in a statement:

“If nothing changes in the life of Go_A in the coming months and they are ready to compete on the Eurovision stage, we will help! This applies to their preparation, song selection and other organizational issues.

In this decision all parties involved converge. So our intention is that Go_A will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2021!”

Source: UA:PBC