Just weeks ago The Hardkiss’ lead singer Julia Sanina congratulated Jamala on winning Eurovision 2016 for Ukraine.
And it seems that the pop-rock goddess is now keen to replicate Jamala’s Eurovision success next year on home soil.
As Ukrainian media Ivona reports, front-woman Julia recently revealed that The Hardkiss — who narrowly lost out to Jamala in Ukraine’s 2016 selection — are working on new music which they intend to submit for their country’s national selection for Eurovision 2017.
“I’m writing a song right now,” Julia said on a Ukrainian TV show. “It’s not complete yet. It’s somewhere at 50% in my mind, that’s it all I can say.”
“I am excited for this. Ukraine needs to be adequately represented, and as long as they send a good song, I’ll be happy.”
In the interview the 25-year-old beauty also revealed that she’s very pleased for Jamala and her victory in Stockholm.
She congratulated the Eurovision winner immediately after she won and Jamala responded with a huge thank you.
The Hardkiss finished in second place in the Ukrainian selection with their song avant-garde song “Helpless,” and actually won the jury vote.
They finished second with the Wiwi Jury (behind Jamala), but earned high praise from our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals. As one of our jurors wrote:
Julia’s delicate skin and porcelain complexion mask raw power, which she harnesses to great effect. Her rich and melodic vocals are the definition of strength, yet she manages to give each note an inviting softness. By the time she reaches the final chorus you’re completely under her spell.
Interestingly, Julia points out in the interview that it’s unlikely Ukraine can win Eurovision for a second year in a row, adding that another victory won’t come for a decade.
The band — among Ukraine’s hottest at the moment — have the talent to slay at the Eurovision Song Contest — and they also have an original look.
Who of us can forget their outré but totally artistic stage costumes from the national final?
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) February 6, 2016
Are you excited to see The Hardkiss try again next year? Do they have a shot at becoming Ukraine’s entry for 2017? And if they do make it, could they make Ukraine the first back-to-back Eurovision winner…in a really long time? Let us know in the comments box below!