Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has announced the three hosts of this year’s Vidbir, which will take place this coming Saturday.
Three hosts to host the 2023 Ukranian selection
The three hosts for Vidbir 2023 will be Kateryna Pavlenko, Timur Miroshnychenko, and Zlata Ognevich.
All three hosts will be familiar to Eurovision fans. Kateryna Pavlenko is the lead singer of Go_A, who represented Ukraine at the 2020 and 2021 contests, achieving 5th place with their song Shum. Zlata Ognevich represented Ukraine in 2013 with Gravity, and achieved 3rd place.
Timur Miroshnychenko is a stalwart of Ukrainian Eurovision coverage. He has provided commentary for Ukraine’s Eurovision broadcasts since 2007, and Junior Eurovision since 2005. Furthermore, he hosted both the 2009 and 2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contests, and the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. He also hosted the 2022 edition of Vidbir.
Vidbir will take place this weekend on Saturday 17th December 2022. The show will air between 16.00 and 20.00 CET, with a documentary about Kalush Orchestra’s Eurovision journey airing in the voting break between 18.00-19.00 CET. The ten competing songs have recently been released on streaming services.
What we already know about Vidbir 2023!
Vidbir 2023 will take place next Saturday the 17th of December 2022. The Ukrainian representative will be decided by a combination of jury voting and televoting, both of which have 50% weighting. The jury will include 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala, Taras Topolya, and Yulia Sanina – a jury decided by a public vote. You can see the competing artists, songs, and running order in the table below.
|1||Moisei||‘I’m Not Alone‘|
|2||OY Sound System||‘Ой, тужу (Oy, Tuzhu)‘|
|4||Jerry Heil||‘When God Shut The Door‘|
|7||Tember Blanche||‘Я вдома (I’m Home)‘|
|10||TVORCHI||‘Heart Of Steel‘|
Listen to the Vidbir 2023 entries on our playlist
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 finished in first place with 614 points, marking Ukraine’s third Eurovision victory.
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News source: UA:PBC
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