It was announced back in December 2007, that 29 year old popular singer Ani Lorak had been invited to represent Ukraine in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest.
Ani Lorak (real name Karolina Kuek), showed desire from an early age to become a singer, and indeed at age fourteen, earned her first professional singing contract. It was during a show called Morning Star in Moscow in 1995 when the stage name Ani Lorak was first used. It happened that there were two Karolina Kuek's performing in this particular show, so in order to differentiate herself from the other singer, Karolina spelt her name backwards, and there the stage name Ani Lorak was born and has been used ever since.
Ani moved to Kyiv in 2005, and has been very popular in Ukraine since then. A total of nine albums have been released from 1996 to 2007. Ani has also toured extensively throughout Ukraine giving concerts, and in 1999 also performed in France, Germany and Hungary. In 2004 she became a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in Ukraine for HIV/AIDS.
Ani almost qualified to represent Ukraine in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, but her song Another Litte Shot was narrowly beaten by the group Greenjolly. Her wait is now over to represent her country. Thie final decision which has to be made, is which song is to be chosen for Ani Lorak to sing in Belgrade. Four songs will be performed during the event, where the televoting public will decide the winner:
1. Zhdu Tebya (Waiting for you) - Russian
2. Ya Stanu Morem (I'll become Like Sea) - Ukrainian
3. The Dream of Brighter Day (English)
4. I'll be your lady - English
5. Shady Lady - English
Special guests for the Ukrainian selection show will be no fewer than four of the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest representatives who will perform their winning entries :-
1. Morena from Malta
2. Tereza Kerndlova from Czech Republic
3. Georgeta (Geta) Burlacu from Moldova
4. Elnur Huseynov and Samir Javadzadeh from Azerbaijan
Ani Lorak will perform Saturday's winning song in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Thursday, the 22nd of May.