A few months since their participation in Rotterdam, Ukraine has confirmed that they will be participating at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy. Since their return to the competition in 2016, Ukraine has always undertaken a National Selection “Vidbir” which was done in collaboration with commercial broadcaster STB. However, UA:PBC has confirmed that the partnership between the broadcasters has finished.
Both parties have decided to end their partnership, due to different views on further conditions on their partnership.
How will Ukraine select its Eurovision 2022 representative?
At the time of writing, UA:PBC has yet to reveal plans on how they will be selecting their Eurovision 2022 representative. Prior to 2016, Ukraine had mostly selected their Eurovision representative through a National Final (with the exception in 2003, 2004 and 2021).
Despite the end of their partnership, UA:PBC that they are considering new formats for their national selection, whether this is undertaken by UA:PBC themselves or with another partner. In addition, UA:PBC wants to ensure high level of quality, in terms of their participation at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ukraine’s Eurovision Journey
Ukraine is one of the most successful nations in the modern era of Eurovision. They first participated in 2003 and went on to win the next contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”. They claimed victory again in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944” Aside from breaks in 2015 and 2019, Ukraine has qualified for the grand final in each of their appearances. This makes them the only country to have a 100% qualification streak. They have also notched ten Top 10 finishes in that time.
Their latest Eurovision participation, saw them being represented by Go_A (who was due to represent them in 2020) with the song “Shum”, which managed to qualify for the Grand Final once again, where they managed to finish 5th overall, receiving 364 points from the Jury and Televoters.
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News Source: UA:PBC
Photo Source: EBU / Andres Putting