On the day of the Eurovision 2015 grand final, Ukraine confirmed that they will return for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Eurofans around the world rejoiced, as the land of Ani Lorak and Verka Serduchka always brings something memorable. Who else can we count on for a smart staging gimmick and a quality pop song all at once? Here are give artists we think could bring Ukraine back to the contest with a bang.

1. Via Gra (a.k.a. Nu Virgos)

Their name in Ukraine is Via Gra, a reference to the drug that gets men going. But it’s also a way of saying “vocal-instrumental-ensemble game” in Ukrainian. Obviously. Outside of Ukraine, they go by Nu Virgos.

In the grand tradition of Destiny’s Child and the Sugababes, this three piece girl group has gone through various members since its founding in 2000. The former members include Vera Brezhneva (a massive star in Ukraine who is also featured on this list) and Svetlana Loboda (the “stripper in a hamster wheel” from 2009). They know how to drop powerful harmonies and ooze a cool pop-rock vibe.

2. Ani Lorak

In some countries, Eurovision is known as a career killer. Yet “Shady Lady” Ani Lorak used it to boost her already-impressive career. She’s a huge and influential name in Ukraine, and her recent work (such as “Oranjevie Sni” and “Korabli”) is levels above “Shady Lady”. She can definitely earn another top two result, piece of cake.

3. Elen Levon

Although Australia is still in limbo about next year’s participation, Ukrainian-born Australian singer Elen Levon could fly both flags if she represents her country of birth. She started off in a girl group in Australia called Panjo 5 and launched her solo career in 2011. The only problem? It’s unsure if Ukraine would be cool with an artist who left the country before she turned one.

4. Yolka

Yolka (or Elka, in some media) is one of the most successful artists in Ukraine and Russia. She has won the Golden Gramophone three times, been recognized as Singer of the Year in Glamour, and judged the Ukrainian edition of X-Factor. Hopefully she can take time out of her schedule and visit Sweden in May.

5. Vera Brezhneva

Vera was a long-time member of Via Gra (as mentioned above), but left the group to present a Russian TV show known as “Power of 10”. She has since returned to music and her duet with Dan Balan, “Lepestkami slez“, is the most-watched music video on Russian music producer ELLO’s YouTube channel.

Who do you want to see perform for Ukraine?

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Avie
Avie
4 years ago

Aida Nikolaychuk For Eurovision!!!

Yuri Kus
Yuri Kus
4 years ago

I would like to see ukrainian superstars like Okean Elzy, Sky, ????? ???? or ???????, but I doubt that they would be interested.
There are some interesting newcomers such as:
The Hardkiss
AIDA (Aida Nikolaychuk) – yes, another beautiful woman, but her voice is amazing
Viktor Romanchenko – strong voice, he sang live concert with “Queen”
Mysterya – promising sympho-metal band.

Axie
Axie
5 years ago

ukraine is the absolute best and most consistent country in eurovision BECAUSE they always send someone with a great and catchy pop song and brilliant staging – and they always do well because of it too.

hopefully they’ll stay this way and people with bad eurovision taste can stay pressed or just wait for france’s next artsy fartsy ballad or something.

Andrii
Andrii
5 years ago

Fikri, it is dance group called Kazaki. The can not sing,only dance and they aren’t popular in Ukraine.

fikri
fikri
5 years ago

what is the name of the dance group that performed with loreen in melodifestivalen? i think they should represent ukraine.

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

I discovered Hardkiss a few weeks ago and I only listened to ‘Stones’ and ‘Make-up’ as of the moment. They are a great rock band in the Ukrainian music scene. They might also do good in Eurovision too. And I also agree for Max Barskih to participate again in the national finals. He reminds me of Enrique Iglesias of Ukraine.

Andrii
Andrii
5 years ago

Svetlana Loboda is great too!!!!!
Gorod pod za pretom
40 Gradusov
Ne nuzhna
Zlata Ognievic and her “Pray for Ukraine” are just amazing.

Andrii
Andrii
5 years ago

I am from Ukraine. I think all ukrainians want to see Tina Karol or our band The Hardkiss at the Eurovision 2016 in Sweden. Please listen these songs:
The Hardkiss “Stones” and “Organ”
Tina Karol Zhuzn prodolzayetsya and Pomnyu
Tell me what do you think about this. Thank you very much.

John Egan
John Egan
5 years ago

Indeed, where’s Jamala? Yeah, baby!

Thiefo
5 years ago

I wouldn’t mind having Ani Lorak back, to finally win the contest as she should’ve done in 2008.

But talking about second chances, I would very much prefer having someone like Max Barskih back, I wanted him to represent Ukraine in 2012, and if he ever comes back, specially with a song like Nebo, which is my favourite from him, I think Ukraine would do very well.

Donna
Donna
5 years ago

You guys forgot Anastasia Prikhodko. She is a Ukrainian by blood (and even by birth if I am not mistaken). Plus, she vowed never to sing for and in Russia again and her career is mostly spent in Ukraine now.

Leaf
Leaf
5 years ago

I want Tina Karol with a song like “Nochenka” …. Sung in Ukrainian!!!!!!

Daniel
Daniel
5 years ago

Obviously Ani Lorak.

krieg
krieg
5 years ago

Europe wants originality, you saw, that female singers are out, 80% of them failed to qualify. Ukraine must choose something different. Not only gay ESC fans are voting, but whole Europe, so your wishlist is very funny.

Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

My country Greece needs the anti crisis girl Svetlana Loboda! <3
Especially her hot sexy spartans dancers <3 😉
There is nothing hotter than naked ancient greek warriors with sexy fit bodies <3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqclaNucp24

Deniz@TurkNL
5 years ago

Og3ne is on 6th place of course.

Eric C
Eric C
5 years ago

Bring back Maria Yaremchuk. She was awesome. I’d love to see her again after 2 years of growth as an artist.

PP
PP
5 years ago

I would love to see Ani Lorak or Zlata Ognevic to return at Eurovision.
For other singer I would love to see for first time for Ukraine Tetyana Shyrko (she had good song at ukraine nf in 2013 Feeling Like A Sir” and 2014) or Viktoria Petryk (she had good song in 2014 , Love is Lord)

Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

TODAY Our One & Only Unstoppable CONCHITA releases her brand new single *FireStorm*! <3 😀

xoxo
xoxo
5 years ago

Ivan Dorn is actually great! Doubt he’d do Eurovision though

Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
Mario I Am Summer My Summer Vision of Gay Love
5 years ago

Ukraine offered us (in 2012) the absolute GreAtY anthem of EURO Football Championship <3
Back in 2004 that it was Ukraine that won the Vision it was the GreAtY year of my country Greece <3
We were Champions of Europe in football…<3
But all good things come to an end un4tunately..
After 3 consecutive Euro Championships my country Greece 4 the first time will not manage to qualify & give the present to the Euro 2016 next year in France..

Mert
Mert
5 years ago

Ani Lorak is married with a turkish man:) <3 lover her so much

Murray
Murray
5 years ago

Ooooops ment play

Murray
Murray
5 years ago

Mika Newton should come back with her song come out and plat ????????????????

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

Or why not Ivan Dorn for a change?

Or even better…. Quest Pistols! They make great music and dancing. Their performance are edgy and sorta having an “in your face” impact to the audience.

Ukraine must depart from their status quo sometimes, as long as their people are comfortable about it.

Huh
Huh
5 years ago

VIA GRA is my guilty pleasure.

But I also prefer Anna Sedokova (also an ex-Via Gra member) to participate in Eurovision in the near future.

Herl
Herl
5 years ago

What about Masha Sobko and Jamala..?? Both are really beautiful and they sings with much elegance.

Also Masha finiched 2º at the Ukrainian NF in 2011.

Otna
Otna
5 years ago

I’d love Svetlana Loboda to make a return. What a star <3

(Wouldn't say no to Ani Lorak either!)

Leon
Leon
5 years ago

You people left Max Barskih out of the list. He’s so artistic and creative. Check out “Po Freydu”, “Heroine”, “Otpusti Menya” and his English language songs. They’re all great.

Zac
Zac
5 years ago

Mario you are asking Ukraine to send a man? Do you know this goes against years of Ukrainian Eurovision tradition?

David Thielen
5 years ago

Vera Brezhneva would be awesome. Via Gra used to be pretty good, and at times was awesome. But the latest incarnation is not – they would be embarrassingly bad.

D
D
5 years ago

I would want Viktoria Petryk, Illaria, neAngely, or Via Gra.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 years ago

Ani! <3

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I personally would love to see Tetyana Shyrko; “Feeling Like a Sir” is a nice little gem that fell through the cracks.

Mario ~ Max Barskih To Represent Ukraine In Our Vision!
Mario ~ Max Barskih To Represent Ukraine In Our Vision!
5 years ago

I want *MAX Barskih*! <3 <3 <3 <3 😀
He is hella hot babe with passionate hot soft pop voice <3
{ Plus he is broke down there as he is homo sexual baby boy <3 😉 }
He has the whole package & he fits all the required criteria to represent Ukraine in our Vision <3 🙂

EF0912
EF0912
5 years ago

I think that all 5 are great choices but doesn’t Ukraine select their partcipatants through national selections ? I highly doubt any of those would participate in the national final. Ukraine is my favorite Eurovision country but even I’m sick and tired of them sending a female pop song. They need something different. Their last male performer was 2005 (excluding Verka)

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

And yes, why is it always a (sexy) woman singing a similar sounding pop-song with an over the top gimmick every year? Do men in Ukraine not sing? and are there no other genres of music in Ukraine?
People complain alot about Balkan ballads sounding the same, but never mention anything about Ukraine’s participation? I’d like to see Ukraine come back, and try something a little less safe for once.

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

I can give or take Ukraine at Eurovision really. There are certain years where I really thought they didnt deserve to qualify, but end up in the Top 10, every year. They really shouldn’t have qualified in 2010, 2011 or 2012.and they rely too heavily on gimmicks, the song could be terrible but they would have some odd- out of place contraption. In saying that, I loved them in 2004, 2007, 2008 and yeah, even 2009. But Welcome back in 2016, as a European nation, I would much rather see them participate over Australia and China. But I already know… Read more »

Hippo
Hippo
5 years ago

Suppose it would be too much to ask Ukraine to bring something other than a woman with a pop song for once?

Mitchelvaneijk
5 years ago

Ani Lorak!!!!

Jordan Grice
Jordan Grice
5 years ago

I still want Ruslana to come back.

Europal
Europal
5 years ago

They’re all so beautiful!!! :O

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Eurovision is not their level. None of them will not do it. Will a new name. I’m from Ukraine 🙂

Oleh
Oleh
5 years ago

we very much want to see on the Eurovision Jamala or The Hardkiss