In the run up to her appearance at the Eurovision 2023 final, our Rory got a chance to catch up with Ukraine’s Tina Karol to discuss her Liverpool experience so far.
Watch our interview with Tina Karol right here:
During their interview, Rory and Tina talked about her memories of representing Ukraine 17 years ago in Athens. She also tells us about how the war has affected her, how she is fundraising for the war effort and what her upcoming music is like!
Who is Tina Karol?
Tina Karol is the stage name of Tetiana Hryhorivna Liberman, a 38-year-old Ukrainian singer. Born in Orotukan in Russia’s Far-East, Tina moved to Ukraine at the age of six, beginning her career performing at singing contests and musicals. In 2006, Tina won the Ukrainian version of You’re A Star – the national selection to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens – with her song “I Am Queen”. Following her win, she revamped and retitled the competing song to “Show Me Your Love”. At her performance in Athens, Tina qualified for the final, finishing 7th in the final with a total of 145 points.
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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