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Ukraine: 384 songs submitted for Vidbir 2023

Public broadcaster Suspilne announced that 384 songs have been submitted for the Ukrainian national final for Eurovision.  The number of songs come from 299 artists living in Ukraine or from abroad.  A jury will review the applications and select the acts that will compete in the final.  The final contestants will be revealed by the end of October.

Music Producer Dmytro Shurov made an impassioned comment about the special circumstances this national final will take place in a moment Ukraine is still affected by the impact of the war.

Another anxious morning across the country. Drones, missiles, arrivals, news from the front, volunteer meetings, exchange of prisoners, concerts in bomb shelters, heroism and betrayals, euphoria and suffering – in such a Ukraine, this selection for Eurovision 2023, which will be held in Liverpool instead of Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa or Dnipro. Many musicians are on an emotional day, many are abroad, some are volunteering, some are fighting. And despite everything, at the end of the reception, we have more than 300 submitted songs.

Yes, many of them are in a demo state, many are just the cry of the soul of people who do not even plan to be artists. Stories about life in bomb shelters, emigration, emptiness from the loss of relatives, faith in our Armed Forces. And yet, this is a vivid example of our people’s attitude towards constructiveness and hope. Thanks to everyone for the applications.

The Ukrainian national final will take place in Kyiv on the 17th of December 2022 at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station:

Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with 631 points.  They also hold the record for the act that has received the highest number of points from the public.  Liverpool will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest in May next year for security reasons.  However, as the current winner of the contest Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final.

Source: Suspilne

Ukraine: Possible days for Vidbir 2023 – More details about the national final!

The Ukrainian national broadcaster released today, an outline for an artistic competition, for the production of audio and audiovisual tasks for the project named “Eurovision Song Contest – 2023”. The project’s main aim is the implementation of a television version of a national selection for Eurovision 2023.

Description of the project

  • Ensuring the implementation of a televised National Final for 2023. Those intersted must submit a creative and technical proposal that would include: planning of the stage, a director’s view, which includes works on the competitors’ performances, conducting rehearsals and ensuring that the national final will be broadcasted live on the public television channels.
  • Possible broadcast date of the National Final is Sunday December 17, 2022
  • Candidate venue of the National Final is Maidan Nezalezhnosti Metro Station in Kyiv

Estimated dates for the implementation of the project at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station are as follows:

  1. From December 11 to 13: preparatory work for the final, delivery of stage equipment, installation of the stage and decorations
  2. From December 14 to 16: rehearsals will take place
  3. December 17: The Final of the national selection, a televised concert with audience on the region of the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in Kyiv
  4. From December 18 to 19: Dismantling of the stage and removal of equipment

We remind you that the music producer of the national final will be Dmytro Shurov (aka Pianoboy).

According to the rules of the national final, the jury will be decided through a public vote that will be conducted by the public broadcaster. The juries will be professionals of the music industry and can be no less than three.

The final is planned to have two presenters, one of whom is Timur Miroshnychenko. Another presenter is will be selected in the future.

The winners of last year’s Vidbir were also the winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Kalush Orchestra with the song “Stefania”:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Ukrainian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in the United Kingdom!

Source: broadcast.net

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