Ukraine: Alina Pash wins ‘Vidbir’ national final 🇺🇦12 February 2022 at 21:35 CET
Eight hopefuls competed in Vidbir on Saturday evening, with a combination of a public vote and a jury vote determining the winner, both contributing 50% of the points.
The jury was made up of three members: Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala; Ukraine’s participant in Eurovision 2006, Tina Karol; and member of the Managing Board of UA: PBC in charge of TV, Yaroslav Lodygin.
After a strong showing with both the jury and the public watching at home, it was decided that the winner of Vidbir 2022 is Alina Pash with the song Тіні забутих предків / Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors.
Alina Pash is a Ukrainian singer, songwriter and actress, whose music combines elements of R&B and hip-hop, intertwining them with facets of traditional Carpathian sounds.
The Vidbir stage wasn’t too daunting for Alina, as she’s already performed at major music festivals such as Atlas Weekend, Brave Factory!, Sonar, Calvi On The Rocks, ESNS and Electric Castle.
Her song is all about paying homage to our ancestors, and not forgetting those who have shaped us.
Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine first entered the contest in 2003 and rapidly became one of the most successful countries in the competition.
In 15 appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine has never missed a Grand Final. 9 of those 14 entries have finished in the top 10, 5 have finished in the top 3, and 2 have been winners.
Ruslana became Ukraine’s first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and the Contest was held in the capital Kyiv the following year. Jamala scored Ukraine’s second victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.
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