Ukraine: A jury to select internally Go_A’s Eurovision 2021 song
The Ukrainian national broadcaster, UA:PBC has announced that Go_A ‘s Eurovision 2021 entry will be selected internally by a jury.
Despite the previous Ukrainian folk band’s statement that they have ready their Eurovision 2021 entry, the Ukrainian broadcaster had other plans for the ESC 2021. The broadcaster revealed the name of the committee that will be deciding the song that will fly with Go_A to Rotterdam and confirmed that the band will submit two songs to the jury
The jury consists of the following members:
- Jamala: Eurovision 2016 winner
- Evgeny Filaton: Member of the group ‘The Maneken’
- Ruslan Kvinta: Music producer
- Yarloslav Lodigin: Member of the UA:PBC board
- Dmitry Khorkin: Μember of the UA:PBC board
The jury memeber will award points to each of the candidate songs and the one with the highest points to be the next Ukrainian ESC 2021 entry. This will be the first time since 2004 where the public opinion will have no influence to the song selection process.
Go_A to compete in the first semi final on May 18 in Rotterdam.
THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR
Ukraine debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with Oleksandr Ponormayov‘s Hasta la vista, and has won the competition twice in 2004 (Ruslana) and 2016 (Jamala). The country has hosted the contest twice in its majestic capital Kyiv in 2005 and 2017.Ukraine is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest and has so far not missed out competing in the Grand Final while has been abcent only the 2015 edition.
The country has made it 9 times in the top 10 during its 15 years of ESC participations, including 2 victories ( 2004, 2016), 2 2nd placings (2007, 2008), 13rd placing (2013) and 4th placing (2011).In 2018 Ukraine was represented by Vidbir 2018 winner, Melovin with his entry Under the ladder, achieving a 17th place in the Grand Final.
In 2019 Ukraine saw a dramatic national selection Vidbir, which saw Maruv winning with her entry Siren Song. After a serial of dramatic developments between the broadcaster and the winner eventually Ukraine withdrew from the Eurovision 2019.
Last year After two semi final rounds and a total of 16 candidates , the Ukrainian national final for Eurovision 2020, Vidbir 2020, crowned winner the group Gо_A and the entry “Solovey” . Unfortunately their Eurovision journey stayed incomplete as the contest was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.