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Ukraine: KRUTb appeals against TVORCHI! | Selection of “Heart of Steel” is still valid, Suspline confirms!!

Last Saturday, 17th of December, the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2023 took place, crowning as the winners of this year’s Vidbir the band TVORCHI with the song Heart of Steel.

We’re a couple of days away from the Ukrainian national selection finals and just yesterday, Monday, the Ukrainian organizing commitee had to take the appeal of finalist KRUTb, against the winning act TVORCHI, into consideration!

According to KRUTb, the main vocal part during the performance of TVORCHI seemed to be a lead dub, something that is against the rules of the Ukrainian national selection.

The organizing committee heard the assessment of the music producer of the Ukrainian national selection Dmytro Shurov, who noted that only after he watched the live broadcast of the final show, during the performance of TVORCHI, at the indicated seconds of the song, a voice double can be heard. However, this was such a subtle detail that only sound and music professionals could observe. That said, such a tiny non-compliance to the rules of the national selection cannot cause the disqualification of TVORCHI as the country’s representatives next year.

The organizing committee also took into account that a lot of finalists committed a number of minor violations during the National Selection, but none of them was a sufficient reason to disqualify any of the participants. The organizing committee of course had to take into cosnideration the special conditions of this year’s selection both for the rehearsals of the artists and for the work that the music producer, the team of organizers and producers of the television version all had to do.

KRUTЬ doubted the validity of the selection of TVORCHI by mentioning that their distribution company called “Beliebe” continues to operate on the territory of the aggressor country. However, “Believe” is a French company engaged in music distribution in Europe and Asia. The distribution of finalists’ songs by this company is not a violation of the rules of the National Selection. Five out of ten finalists of the National Selection published their competition songs through the same distributor, being the distribution company “Believe”.

The Eurovision Organizing Committee decided that the appeal of the finalist KRUTЬ is not a valid reason to disqualify TVORCHI’s participation in the National Selection, therefore, their selection as Ukraine’s representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest next year. In addition, as Dmytro Shurov suggested, the organizing committee decided to improve the organization of the selection in the future to involve an additional specialist who will monitor the compliance of the broadcast sound of the participants’ performances with the rules during rehearsals and live broadcasting.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision 2023!

Source: corp.suspilne.media

Ukraine: Country’s head of delegation states that they’re aiming to win Eurovision 2023!

Last Saturday, the Ukrainian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 took place, in which TVORCHI were crowned the winners with their song “Heart of Steel”.

After the completion of the national final, the head of the country’s delegation to the contest, Oksana Skybinska, spoke about TVORCHI’s victory, but also about Eurovision 2023.

Specifically, she stated that everyone worked hard for the realization of Vidbir 2023, under harsh war conditions, and that she is completely satisfied with the final result.

In addition, she stated that she’s happy about the fact that Ukraine will be represented by a song of western sound, different to the country’s ethnic recipe of the last years.

“The important thing is that the song is original, of high quality and reflects the current state of the Ukrainian music scene.”

According to the head of the Ukrainian delegation, the next stage will be the signing of the contract with the winners, while preparations for the group’s appearance on the stage of Eurovision 2023 are due to begin soon.

Finally, she commented on the fact that Ukraine is, for the second year in a row, in the first place of betting odds, saying:

“Of course, going into the competition, we want to win. We’re fighting for the first place, because there is always a new artist who passes new messages, showcases their work, their hopes on the song. Therefore, it cannot be said that because Ukraine won last year, we can’t do it again.

However, this is a competition and it is still too early to talk about betting odds. Of course, the goal is the highest result.

Eurovision 2023 will be very special and unique. There has never been such a contest, a country running the contest on behalf of another. Therefore, we are actively working on the presence and visibility of Ukraine in various aspects of the competition.”

Below you can watch the Eurovisionfun team commenting on the participation of TVORCHI with the song “Heart of Steel”.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision 2023!

Source: corp.suspilne.media

Ukraine: With TVORCHI and “Heart of Steel” in Eurovision 2023!

The winning country of Eurovision 2022 Ukraine becomes the first country to have officially chosen a representative for Eurovision 2023, as the results of Vidbir 2023 have just come in.

The show took place from 16:00 to 20:00 CET and was hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko, Kateryna Pavlenko and Zlata Ognevich.

The participants

Ten artists competed in the final of Vidbir 2023, attempting to win the ticket to Liverpool.

The 10 participants who claimed the representation of Ukraine in Eurovision 2023 were the following:

  1. Moisei – «I’m Not Alone» 
  2. OY Sound System – «Ой, тужу»
  3. DEMCHUK – «Alive» 
  4. Jerry Heil – «WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR»
  5. FIINKA – «Довбуш»
  6. KRUTЬ – «Колискова»
  7. Tember Blanche – «Я вдома»
  8. Angelina – «Stronger» 
  9. 2TONE – «Квітка»
  10. TVORCHI – «Heart Of Steel»

The results

The final result was determined 50% by the preference of the ukrainian viewers and 50% by the preference of the jury, consisting of Taras TopolaJamala and Yulia Sanina.

The jury voted as follows:

After the televote was added in, the final results were formed as follows:

TVORCHI were, therefore, crowned the winners and will be representing Ukraine in Eurovision 2023 with the song “Heart of Steel”.

Do you think Ukraine made the right choice? Let us know in the comments and stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Eurovision 2023!

Ukraine: Vidbir 2023 takes place tonight!

Tonight is the night Ukraine, winning country of Eurovision 2022, will choose its representative for Eurovision 2023. The successful Eastern European country has once again chosen to determine their representative through a national final, namely Vidbir 2023.

The participants

Ten artists are in the final of Vidbir 2023, attempting to win the ticket to Liverpool.

The 10 participants who will claim the representation of Ukraine in Eurovision 2023 are the following:

  1. Moisei – «I’m Not Alone» 
  2. OY Sound System – «Ой, тужу»
  3. DEMCHUK – «Alive» 
  4. Jerry Heil«WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR»
  5. FIINKA – «Довбуш»
  6. KRUTЬ – «Колискова»
  7. Tember Blanche – «Я вдома»
  8. Angelina – «Stronger» 
  9. 2TONE – «Квітка»
  10. TVORCHI – «Heart Of Steel»

The final result will be determined 50% by the preference of the Ukrainian viewers and 50% by the preference of the jury, consisting of Taras Topola, Jamala and Yulia Sanina.

Vidbir 2023 will be hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko, Kateryna Pavlenko and Zlata Ognevich.

The grand final of Vidbir 2023 will start at 16:00 CET and will last four hours. You can watch it in the official Eurovision-themed channel of the Ukrainian television:

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision 2023!

Ukraine: Possibly 10 songs to Compete in Vidbir 2023!

Ukrainian musical outlet Muzvar revealed some details about Ukraine’s Eurovision pre-selection national final, Vidbir. Its sources state that 10 songs will compete to represent Ukraine in Eurovision Song Contest 2023 that will take place in the United Kingdom. This will be the largest Vidbir final since 2014, when 20 acts competed for a chance to represent Ukraine in Copenhagen.

The country’s national broadcaster UA:PBC on the other hand, decided to use the mobile application Diia for the public voting in an attempt to maintain the largest possible number of voters, taking into consideration the mobile networking issues caused by the conflict.

The final of Vidbir 2023 will take place in December 2022 at Kyiv and the winner that will be selected by a combination of public and jury voting, will represent Ukraine in Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the United Kingdom. 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

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1fl60ypdLs

Source: Eurovoix

Eurovision 2023: The United Kingdom will officially host the contest!

The EBU, along with British public broadcaster BBC, have just officially confirmed what we already suspected: The runner-up of Eurovision 2022, the United Kingdom, is the country which has been chosen to host next year’s contest, due to the involvement of winning country Ukraine in an ongoing war.

Nevertheless, the show will contain both British and Ukrainian elements, in order to reflect Ukraine’s win with Kalush Orchestra. More specifically, the Eurovision site informs us of the following:

  • The BBC will take on hosting duties with the contest to be held in the United Kingdom in 2023
  • The bidding contest for the host city will begin this week
  • Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final along with the Big 5 (which includes the United Kingdom)
  • Representatives of Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the shows
  • The logo, which is to be revealed later, will reflect unique circumstances of staging.

Below are the statements from the Heads of all parties involved:

Martin Österdahl, Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor:

‘‘We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023, The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of UA: PBC:

“The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”

Tim Davie, BBC Director-General:

“It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Being asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity. The BBC will now begin the process to find a host city to partner with us on delivering one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.”

Details regarding the host city and the logo will, therefore, be released on a later date.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Eurovision 2023!

Office of the President of Ukraine: “Ukraine is already preparing for Eurovision 2023”!

Cyril Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine, in a post on Telegram that was also reposted on the official Facebook page of Suspilne for Eurovision, states that the preparations for Eurovision 2023 have already begun!

The main question for us and the EBU is security. To ensure the necessary logistics, and especially security, we look at different locations. Exactly which we can not announce yet.

The Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine from the very beginning are involved in the preparations for Eurovision-2023. Ukraine is already preparing for the Eurovision 2023 final.

Cyril Tymoshenko 

At the same time in Geneva the reference group of the contest is meeting with an unknown agenda, although as you understand the issue of the country that will host Eurovision 2023 is both burning and important.

Ukrainian officials in all their statements appear confident that their country will host Eurovision 2023, despite the armed conflict that continues to rage mainly in the east of the country. In fact, a few days ago they set up an organizing committee for this purpose.

Ukraine won the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in its territory, after the victory of the Kalush Orchestra in Turin, with the song Stefania. We are waiting with interest for the decision of the EBU, whether the competition will finally be hosted next year in Ukraine or for security reasons, another country will be preferred.

Stay tuned for all the updates!

Eurovision 2023: Kyiv states it’s ready to host the contest!

The complex issue of the hosting of Eurovision 2023 seems to be developing, with the Office of the Mayor of Kyiv stating that the Ukrainian capital is ready to host Eurovision 2023, if asked.

In particular, the Deputy Head of the State Administration of the city of Kyiv, Mykola Povoroznyk, stated the following:

We are ready to host Eurovision. We have all the infrastructure prepared for it. I do not think it is appropriate to build something new, we will focus on what we already have – within a year, in the current circumstances, it is quite difficult to build something new. If the organizers trust us, we will hold a competition of high international level.

Kyiv is the first Ukrainian city to express interest in hosting the competition after the country’s victory with Kalush Orchestra, as well as the one that hosted the competition in 2005 and 2017, thanks to the country’s first two victories.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding Eurovision 2023!

Poland: Public broadcaster declares willingness to host Eurovision 2023!

After Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iceland and Sweden, Poland also declares its willingness to host or at least help Ukraine host Eurovision 2023!

The President of Poland’s Public Television, Jacek Kurski, explained that he is willing to help Ukraine in the organization of Eurovision 2023, although that’s something he cannot entirely commit to before first consulting other state services.

There is always willingness to help, but there are also procedures that bind us as a company like the State Accountancy. As a public company, we are disciplined here, and therefore I cannot make promises other than that of generally good will in this matter.

Poland has already confirmed its presence in next year’s competition, while Mr. Kurski also expressed his support for Junior Eurovision, where Poland counts two recent victories.

Poland finished 12th in the Eurovision 2022 final with the song River:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRVDZ6446eM

Where do you think next year’s contest will take place? Take a guess in the comments!