Eurovision 2016 Guide: Ukraine

Eurovision Ukraine 2016

After a one year absence from Eurovision due to financial difficulties associated with the ongoing Ukrainian Crisis, Ukraine are set to make a triumphant return in 2016. Since they began competing in 2003, Ukraine have proven time and again to be one of the more successful countries in the Contest’s recent history. With an unforgettable win in 2004 with Ruslana’s ‘Wild Dances’, back to back second places in 2007 and 2008 with Verka Serduchka and Ani Lorak, and finishing in the top ten eight out of the twelve times they have competed, Ukraine are cementing themselves as a Eurovision force to be reckoned with. But what can we expect in 2016?

Ukrainian broadcaster NTU broadcast the Eurovision in 2015, despite the country not taking part. They also vowed that they would make a comeback in 2016, and that is just what they’ll do. Confirming their intentions to participate at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest on 16 September 2015, NTU announced they would work in collaboration with STB in order to do everything possible for the Ukrainian contender to represent the country successfully.

Eurovision Ukraine 2016

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This contender, it was later announced, would be selected along with their song in an national competition consisting of three stages. Firstly artists and songwriters were invited to submit songs/apply online or by attending an audition prior to Christmas. Of the submitted songs between 20 and 40 acts will be shortlisted and announced on 31st January. These acts will be divided into two live televised semi finals to be held on 6th and 13th February. Nine acts will compete in each of the semi finals with three qualifying from each (decided by combination of public vote and expert jury). The six successful acts will compete in the final to be held on 21st February.

On 26th January the broadcasters announced that former Ukrainian contestants Ruslana and Verka Serducka would be an integral part of the selection process, assisting in judging the acts and songs. They also announced the names of the participants as follows:

Semi Final 1- 6th February

Aida Nikolaychuk- Inner Power

Anastasia Prikhodko- I Am Free Now

Brunettes Shoots Blondes- Every Monday

Jamala- 1944

Lavika- Hold Me

Svetlana Tarabarova- Never Again

The Hardkiss- Helpless

Tonya Matvienko-Tin Whistle

Vladislav Kurasov- I’m Insane

Semi Final 2- 13th February

SunSay- Love Manifest

Viktoria Petrik- Overload

NuAngels- Higher

Peaks of Kings- Last Hope

Alloise- Crown

Arkadiy Voityuk- TBC

Pringlez- Easy To Love

Pur:Pur- We Do Change

Japanda- Anime

Final (20th February):

Brunettes Shoot Blondes “Every Monday”

Jamala “1944” 

The Hardkiss “Helpless”

Pur:Pur “We Do Change”

NuAngels “Higher”

SunSay “Love Manifest”

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