With less than a month to go until Vidbir 2023 is set to take place in Kyiv, UA:PBC has announced the shortlist of artists who will be competing to represent Ukraine in Liverpool in Eurovision 2023.
10 artists competing to follow in Kalush Orchestra’s footsteps
The competing artists and the title of their entries are:
|Jerry Heil||“When God Shut The Door”|
|Moisei||“I’m Not Alone”|
|OY Sound System||“Ой, тужу (Oy, tuzhu)”|
|Tember Blanche||“Я вдома (I’m Home)”|
|TVORCHI||“Heart Of Steel”|
Upon the release of the shortlist, Dmytro Shurov (Pianoboy), the music producer of Vidbir 2023 had the following to say:
I am very grateful to all the musicians that managed to do an important job in really difficult circumstances, both emotionally and physically, often under sirens and shellings, in basements and with no power supply. The task was complicated as, besides writing a good song that would touch people, recording it in a studio and performing it live at auditions, the participants had to comply with all the rules of the national selection. As a result of great common work of the team of Suspilne Ukraine and the musicians that submitted their songs to participate in Eurovision 2023, this year we will hear a lot of interesting new Ukrainian music of very different styles, and I am confident that every listener will find their favourite there. A lot of great musicians stayed beyond these ten finalists. I believe that they will have their say in Ukrainian music soon. This gives me hope and confidence that next Vidbirs will be no less interesting
Songs and running order to be revealed in early December
UA:PBC has announced that the 10 competing songs, as well as the draw which will determine the running order of Vidbir 2023 (determined by a draw), will be revealed in early December.
The final of Vidbir 2023, will take place on the 17th of December in Kyiv.
Ukraine’s Eurovision journey
Ukraine is one of the most successful countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has scored eight top-five placements, with an extra three top-ten finishes. Ukraine won the Contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944”. Jamala’s win made history for Ukraine, as it became the first ex-Soviet country to win the Contest more than once.
In 2022, Kalush Orchestra represented Ukraine in the 66th edition of the Contest with their song “Stefania”. The band scored 614 points, finishing in first place, marking Ukraine’s third victory.
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