Memory Lane: Ukraine's Top 10 most successful Eurovision entries
Posted 16 September, 2016, 17:00
Last week Kyiv, Ukraine's capital city, was announced as the Host City of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We thought it was a good time to take a trip down memory lane and look back at Ukraine's most successful entries in the Eurovision Song Contest. Ukraine first entered the contest in 2003 and rapidly became one of the most successful countries in the competition. In thirteen appearances at the Eurovision Song Contest, the country has never missed a Grand Final. Nine of those 13 entries have finished in the top 10, five have finished in the top three, and two have been winners.
Ukraine made its debut at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Hasta la Vista performed by Oleksandr Ponomariov, finishing in 14th place. The next year Ruslana with her song Wild Dances took Europe by storm scoring the first victory for Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest. The rest, as they say, is history.
From sand artists to drag acts, Ukraine has sent a variety of musical styles and performers to the Eurovision Song Contest over the years. Check out our video below which features the ten most successful Ukrainian entries in the Eurovision Song Contest. Jamala won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine earlier this year with the song 1944, providing the country with its second victory in the competition. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kyiv in May 2017.