Following their first rehearsal, our Rory got a chance to catch up with Ukraine’s TVORCHI to discuss their Liverpool experience so far.
Watch our interview with TVORCHI right here:
During their interview, Rory and TVORCHI talked about how their rehearsals went, the story behind the song and the connection to Mariupol, as well as what they think of Liverpool’s show of support for Ukraine. They also discuss
TVORCHI’s Eurovision journey so far
TVORCHI were selected to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2023 through national final Vidbir. They placed 2nd in the jury vote and 1st in the public vote, winning in a field of ten entries.
TVORCHI will perform in the Grand Final at Eurovision 2023, bypassing the semi-finals as Ukraine won the contest last year. They have already drawn their position in the running order and will perform in 19th position in the show.
In the run-up to their performance in Liverpool, TVORCHI appeared during the pre-party circuit. They performed at the Barcelona Eurovision Party as well as Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam.
On Thursday, TVORCHI performed on the Eurovision stage for their first rehearsal. You can find out more about their first rehearsal, and our thoughts on that here.
Who are TVORCHI?
TVORCHI are a duo consisting of producer Andrii Hutsuliak and vocalist Jimoh Augustus Kehinde. They formed back in 2017, prior to winning Vidbir they also took part in the national final in 2020 with the song “Bonfire”. They placed 4th in the Vidbir 2020 final, which was won by Go:A. They returned to Vidbir in 2022, where they were victorious. Their Eurovision 2023 song “Heart Of Steel” was composed and written by the duo themselves.
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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