Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Ukraine
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Member stationNational Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances15 (15 finals)
First appearance2003
Best result1st: 2004, 2016
Worst result24th: 2017
External links
Official website
Ukraine's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 15 times since making its debut in 2003, winning twice. Ukraine's first victory came in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana. The 2005 contest was then held in the country's capital, Kyiv. Its second victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944" by Jamala, made Ukraine the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice. Ukraine has also finished second in the contest with Verka Serduchka (2007) and Ani Lorak (2008), third with Zlata Ognevich (2013), and fourth with Mika Newton (2011), for a total of six top five placements.

History[edit]

Ukraine made its debut in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomaryov finished 14th. Ukraine won the contest at the second attempt in 2004, when Ruslana won with the song "Wild Dances", defeating second-placed Serbia and Montenegro by 17 points, 280 to 263.

On 19 September 2014, state broadcaster NTU announced that it would sit out the 2015 Contest because of financial difficulties in relation to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.[1] However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part.[2] On 23 May 2015, Ukrainian Broadcaster NTU pledged to bring Ukraine back to the contest for 2016. On 16 September 2015, it was announced that Ukraine would return to the contest in 2016.[3]

On its return to the contest in 2016, Ukraine became the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice, when Jamala won with her song "1944". The televote was won by Russia and the Jury vote by Australia, Ukraine was second in both, but won with an overall total of 534 points, with Australia second with 511 points and Russia third with 491 points. In 2017 as host country Ukraine was already pre qualified for the final however they achieved the worst result for the country 24th with 36 Points.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine has never failed to qualify for the final (except in 2015 when they did not participate), and has a total of nine top ten placements (six top five).[note 1] The country has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
YearArtistLanguageTitleFinalPointsSemiPoints
2003Oleksandr PonomariovEnglish"Hasta la Vista"1430No semi-finals
2004RuslanaEnglish, Ukrainian"Wild Dances"12802256
2005GreenJollyUkrainian, English"Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато)1930Host country[a]
2006Tina KarolEnglish"Show Me Your Love"71457146
2007Verka SerduchkaGerman, English"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"2235Top 10 Previous Year[b]
2008Ani LorakEnglish"Shady Lady"22301152
2009Svetlana LobodaEnglish"Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)"1276680
2010AlyoshaEnglish"Sweet People"10108777
2011Mika NewtonEnglish"Angel"4159681
2012GaitanaEnglish"Be My Guest"15a65864
2013Zlata OgnevichEnglish"Gravity"32143140
2014Mariya YaremchukEnglish"Tick-Tock"61135118
2015Did not participate
2016JamalaEnglish, Crimean Tatar"1944"15342287
2017O.TorvaldEnglish"Time"2436Host country[a]
2018MélovinEnglish"Under the Ladder"171306179
2019
NOTES:
a. ^ In 2012, Cyprus and Ukraine were both awarded with 65 points each in the Final, however, as regulated by the "count-back" tie-breaker rule, Ukraine finished 15th overall and Cyprus 16th because Ukraine received points from more countries in the Final than Cyprus.
b. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
c. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 15th place, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Act selection process[edit]

YearSelection processChannel
2003Internal SelectionNTU
2004
2005National Final with 19 participants
2006National Final with 3 participants
2007National Final with 7 participants
2008Internal Selection - Artist; National Final with 5 songs
2009National Final with 14 participants
2010National Final with 20 participants
2011National Final with 31 participants
2012National Final with 21 participants
2013National Final with 20 participants
2014National Final with 20 participants
Did not participate 2015
2016
2021[4]
VidbirUA:PBC & STB

Voting history[edit]

As of 2018, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:

Hostings[edit]

YearLocationVenuePresenters
2005KyivPalace of SportsMaria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko
2017International Exhibition CentreVolodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko

Other awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Press Award

YearSongPerformerFinal ResultPointsHost city
2007"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай)Verka Serduchka2nd235Helsinki

Artistic Award

Voted by previous winners

YearPerformerSongFinal ResultPointsHost city
2004Ruslana"Wild Dances"1st280Istanbul
2008Ani Lorak"Shady Lady"2nd230Belgrade

Voted by commentators

YearPerformerSongFinal ResultPointsHost city
2016Jamala"1944"1st534Stockholm

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s)Television commentatorDual Television commentatorSTB commentatorRadio commentatorSpokesperson
2003Pavlo Shylko[5]No Dual Television CommentatorNo broadcastNo broadcastLyudmyla Hariv
2004Rodion Pryntsevsky[6]Pavlo Shylko
2005Yaroslav Chornenkyi[7][8]Galyna Babiy[9]Maria Orlova
2006Pavlo ShylkoNo broadcastIgor Posypaiko
2007Timur MiroshnychenkoKateryna Osadcha
2008Marysya Horobets
2009
2010Iryna Zhuravska
2011Tetyana TerekhovaOlena ZelinchenkoRuslana
2012Oleksiy Matias
2013
2014Zlata Ognevich
2015No broadcastUkraine did not participate
2016Olena ZelinchenkoVerka Serduchka
2017Andrii HorodyskyiZlata Ognevich
2018Timur MiroshnychenkoMariya Yaremchuk (1st semifinal)
Alyosha (2nd semifinal)
Jamala (Grand Final)
Serhiy PrytulaNata Zhyzhchenko

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Actually, there are no more countries that have always participated in the final since the introduction of semifinals in 2004. Australia who qualified every year, made their debut in 2015, while Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, skipped the contest in 2015. The "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are also not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final.
  1. ^ a b If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  2. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nocito, Eric (19 September 2014). "Ukraine withdraws from Eurovision 2015!". ESCReporter.com. ESC Reporter. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. ^ «Євробачення–2015» українці дивилися найгірше за останні вісім років
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (16 September 2015). "Ukraine: NTU confirms participation in Eurovision 2016". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  4. ^ "UA: ПЕРШИЙ і СТБ продовжили співпрацю з проведення нацвідбору на Євробачення ще на три роки". 17 October 2018.
  5. ^ "DJ Паша: "У "Євробаченні" переможе темна конячка"". Vysokyi Zamok. Archived from the original on 4 February 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  6. ^ Запитання "Телекритики": - Що, на вашу думку, потрібно для того, щоб українське ТБ на належному рівні організувало трансляцію "Євробачення-2005"? (in Ukrainian). Telekritika. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ Zahorodnyi, Oleksandr (20 May 2005). "10 обранців приєднаються до 14 уже відібраних учасників конкурсу Євробачення, фінальне змагання відбудеться завтра" (in Ukrainian). 1+1. Archived from the original on 27 May 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  8. ^ Bakhteev, Borys (24 May 2005). "Євробаченню" – п'ятірка. Трансляції – трієчка (in Ukrainian). Telekritika. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  9. ^ Галина Бабій (in Ukrainian). NRCU. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

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