Ukraine, a Eurovision stalwart that has never missed a single contest since its debut, has said that it’s ‘more than likely’ that the nation will enter the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark.


Ukraine takes immense pride in its Eurovision record. It has never failed to qualify for a grand final. Out of the eleven times the country has entered, it has placed in the top ten seven times. That’s pretty impressive, especially given that it managed to do so with “Angel”, which sounded like something from a bad telenovela. (When in doubt about the song, just throw in a sand artist….)

NTUIn 2004—only its second year of competition—Kyiv brought the contest home with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”. After that some of its best finishes include Verka Serduchka with “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” (second place, 2007); Zlata Ognevich with “Gravity” (third place, 2013); and Mika Newton with “Angel” (fourth place, 2011). As you can see, Ukraine has a huge success rate.

(Update: To many fans, Ukraine should have won in 2008. Ani Lorak—she of “Shady Lady” fame—finished second to Russia’s Dima Bilan, a returning contestant and huge star in Eastern Europe).

NTU, Ukraine’s state broadcaster, will officially confirm the news in a few months. For now they’re merely saying that “it’s more than likely we will participate in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.” Ukraine is as likely to withdraw as the U.K. is to select an artist under 50.

The selection method has not be released.

What kind of song are you hoping for? Something like “Wild Dances”? Or something like “Gravity”? Hope you hear from you below!

Jamie Bondason contributed this report from the U.K. Keep up with the latest Eurovision news by following the team from wiwibloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Irina
Irina
8 years ago

I hope ILLARIA will represent Ukraine in 2014. She’s very talented, unique and even intriguing

Z24
Z24
9 years ago

As long as they keep sending hot women…

2009 and 2010 are my favorites.

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
9 years ago

Ukraine is one of my favourite countries in Eurovision, but I hated it when in 2011 a pathetic Angel soared the scoreboard, when the secret should have been love!

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

Mika Newton should never have even won the Ukrainian final. There was some pretty blatant vote-rigging going on, and when the TV station called to have a rematch between the top 3 acts, the third-place finisher Zlata declined due to a concert tour, and the second-place finisher Jamala refused to participate, since she was convinced that the vote would be rigged again. This is a year I’m pretty sure Jamala could’ve won Eurovision. She had an exceptional song and plenty of energy. Since the drama with the 2011 national selection, she’s again refused to re-enter. :/ Ukraine had better be… Read more »

Emily
Emily
9 years ago

Eurovision wouldn’t be the same if Ukraine didn’t participate.

Speaking of America, it’s just a shame none of the Eurovision artists make it big in the States. I never even knew Mika was trying to make her mark here.

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

@Jamie Bondason: Ani Lorak finished second and you haven’t mentioned her in the article. That’s what Fikri was trying to say. 😀

Fikri
Fikri
9 years ago

why no mention at all of ani lorak? :K

takecare
takecare
9 years ago

ukraine has been great! other than 2005, i think i like all their songs! thats something! no wonder its there in top every year

Zachary Thomas
9 years ago

Am I the only one who loved Mika Newton? She gets way too much hate. :/

Anyway, I’m hoping they send something more dance ready like “Shady Lady”. Heck, just bring Ani Lorak back altogether! 😀