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Vidbir national final stage

Ukraine reveals details of national final

24 October 2022 at 11:00 CEST
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has announced that the grand final of Vidbir (their Eurovision entry selection competition) will broadcast live on Saturday 17 December from a bomb shelter in Kyiv.

Interest in the national final has been high, with the broadcaster receiving nearly 400 songs from 299 participants, all hoping to replicate Ukraine’s success in Turin where Kalush Orchestra won with their song Stefania; an ode to a mother, which became the first Eurovision winning song to feature a rap.

Pianoboy, the Ukrainian music producer overseeing the selection of the Ukrainian entry, had this to say:

‘I would like this Vidbir to discover new outstanding creative names and make people feel touched and good about this music. I must say, which is quite unexpected for me, this job is based on psychology because you have to raise musicians from sort of a bottom, motivate them. A lot of musicians that you will hear at Vidbir, made a song to be heard at Vidbir probably because of this Vidbir and, again because of it, resumed doing music. I see my function in this and I am very happy about it.’

The 36 strong long-list of Vidbir participants was published on October 27

Ukraines Kalush Orchestra EBU / Corinne Cumming

The 67th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 9, 11 and 13 May 2023 in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine.

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