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?

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!

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Steven Keenan
Steven Keenan
5 years ago

Helpless was one of my favourite national final songs no to win. Extremely powerful and I have it constantly on play post contest. They definitely have to make an appearance in the future.

Sash Animenkos
Sash Animenkos
5 years ago

Well, answering all those questions at the end of the article: 1. yes, I am excited… overwhelmed actually. When Jamala won and I realised that the contest would be in Ukraine, The Hardkiss were the first artists who popped up im my mind as the representative of the host country. 2. yes, the shot is very very probable. There are a lot of high quality artists in Ukraine, but if The Hardkiss manage to produce a killer hit like ‘Tony, Talk!’ or ‘Stones’, no one will stand a chance against them. 3. and yes, the chances for Ukraine to repeat… Read more »

oliverisamazing
oliverisamazing
5 years ago

Yes, yes, YES! I was so conflicted when Jamala won and they lost because The Hardkiss and Jamala were equally my favourites. Please represent next year Hardkiss!

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
5 years ago

In my opinion The Hardkiss is very good band – I really like their song from Ukraine`s National Preselection.

MrJoggy (BEL)
MrJoggy (BEL)
5 years ago

Helpless was amazing they should send them ! No national final 🙂 I’m sure it would be a good choice for Ukraine ! Or maybe they should send Verka Serduchka again hehe

Ben Rafter
Ben Rafter
5 years ago

I think that they are a bit overrated, but I hope the song is good.

mrddd
mrddd
5 years ago

They should send them on Eurovision internally. No national final, because they are really best.

Sal
Sal
5 years ago

I think Ukraine would have won with these guys this year as well. Would be very happy to see them represented Ukraine next year!

Daan
Daan
5 years ago

Welp..

I said Ukraine would win this year if they send the Hardkiss.. As that song Helpless was A MAZ ING my gosh. I hope they represent Ukraine next year on their homeground. Considering Within Temptation is out, this might be THE thing to turn them over to go to ESC one day. If they had send Hardkiss, I wouldn’t have an issue with Ukraine winning this year, but eh, so be it.

Next year Hardkiss, go get em

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

I would love to see them again, especially with a more Hardkiss’ type song, ‘Helpless’ was amazing, but not their style. A good song in their style with a shocking performance like the ones of them in Youtube and we are in front of the hosts next year.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Antranig: Aye! If they choose Lviv for 2017, which city will they choose for 2018, if not Kyiv?

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

It’s a wrap. If she’s preparing a new song for 2017, Hardkiss will be the front-runners in their national contest to represent in their own house come next May.

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
5 years ago

If The Hardkiss are chosen, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ukraine won the contest twice in a row!

Bb
Bb
5 years ago

I love The Hardkiss… They are amazing! I was introduced to them a few years ago by a Ukrainian friend and I never thought they would try to enter Eurovision… Had it been any other year I would have supported them, but Jamala was my favorite, hands down. “Helpless” was not their best song even though it was very good… I hope for something more like “Organ” if they enter again, which I hope they do.

Pavel
Pavel
5 years ago

She looks like J.Lo in that picture

MK
MK
5 years ago

I would like to see them represent Ukraine on homeground (it goes without saying that the song has to be good). The 2005 entry was quite political. Greenjolly were given a wildcard for the national final after 15 weeks of semi finals. They won the NF (beating Ani Lorak and Tina Karol) which made the whole process quite useless. They had to change the lyrics because they directly referred to Yushchenko. I think it was the first time lyrics had to be changed for containing a political message. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ukraine went for something poltical (or at… Read more »

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

She has such a soulful voice with a remarkable tone … the haunting vibe of the song was stunning but was not emotional enough as 1944 was .. so maybe that is the only ingredient her band should consider injecting into the music specially if one wishes to tell us a story … give meaning to music …

Gav
Gav
5 years ago

First time I watched their performance and my reaction … Wow. Kind of mesmerising.

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
5 years ago

*They would all do the nation of Unraine proud, and on home soil.

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
5 years ago

There were so many amazing songs in the Ukranian National Final this year!
I would love for The Hardkiss, SunSay and Aida Nicholaichuk to come back to the contest with even hotter songs! They all would do the nation of Ukraine on home soil!