Her Eurovision winning song “Wild Dances” charted in 18 countries across Europe and was certified diamond in Ukraine for selling half a million copies.
And now Eurovision 2004 winner Ruslana has turned her attention to the next generation and named her favourites among Eurovision 2017’s crop of 42 acts.
Top of the list? Moscow-born, Bulgarian Eurovision star Kristian Kostov.
Speaking about meeting the young star at the London Eurovision Party 2017, she called him “very nice” and said that he told her “he fell in love with her.”
She also complimented Poland‘s Kasia Mos for her voice, Italy‘s Francesco Gabbani and Romania‘s Ilinca & Alex Florea.
The Ukrainian Eurovision winner also had high praise for Belarus‘s Naviband.
Speaking to a group of Ukrainian journalists on Tuesday morning, she said: “I like the duet from Belarus – a very bright duet, very light music.”
Ruslana also touched on Eurovision 2017’s theme “Celebrate Diversity”, saying the stage and wide variety of genres on offer will make this year’s contest very diverse.
“In my opinion, this year’s Eurovision will be interesting. And it’s not only because of production. I looked carefully at all participants, and it looks like Europe will look very cool this year. And in general – I’m sure that this year’s Eurovision will be very diverse!”
RUSLANA AT EUROVISION 2017
As Ukraine’s first-ever Eurovision winner, Ruslana is set to play a key role during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. She will appear as the interval act at Semi-Final 2. She played a similarly prominent role the last time Ukraine hosted, opening the Grand Final and performing at the interval.
That honour now falls to Ukraine‘s second Eurovision winner Jamala. As the reigning Queen of Eurovision, she’ll open Semi-Final 1, perform at the interval and act as the interval act at the Grand Final too.
In the true spirit of Eurovision, Ukraine’s leading ladies will come together to celebrate diversity on stage and welcome Europe to Ukraine.
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