In October last year, broadcaster STB opened casting for Vidbir 2018, Ukraine’s national selection process for Eurovision. With applications closing on January 15, music duo KAZKA have announced that they will enter the much-famed contest with their entry, “Dyva” (Wonders).
KAZKA is an alternative music duo made up of vocalist Sasha and multi-instrumentalist Nikita. “Dyva” is a sensual lyrical story about a girl whose love melts snow, melting away the disappointments of her past. She’s literally lit.
The track is strongly folky and atmospheric, effortlessly melding the traditional Ukrainian sopilka (an instrument which featured in last year’s Eurovision second semi-final opening act) with a current contemporary electronic sound. Sasha’s vocals are pure yet impactful, and complement Nikita’s instrumentals symbiotically. “Dyva” is best described as smooth yet intense, like a hearty borsch and pampushki on a freezing winter’s day in Kyiv.
KAZKA first broke into the music scene last March with their song, “Svyata”, which has amassed over 3.4 million views on YouTube. The pair entered X Factor Ukraine in 2017 and were coached by Andriy Danylko — the real-life man behind alter-ego Verka Serduchka, who came second in Eurovision 2007. KAZKA made it through to the live shows where they reached a respectable seventh.
KAZKA have also gained the attention of Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala, who called the duo ‘magical” and an act she’d like to see enter Vidbir 2018. We can safely say that Jamala’s calls have been answered.
KAZKA join a growing list of Vidbir hopefuls. X Factor winner Melovin is back and looking for “revenge”, while 2017 runner-up Tayanna has asked fans to select her song. Ukraine pop star Alekseev had originally planned to enter the Ukraine national final, but is now reported to have set his sights on Belarus.
Vidbir 2018 will be held in the Palace of Culture in Kyiv, and will commence with two semi-finals on February 10 and February 17, and the final on February 24. Voting will consist of both a public vote and expert panel of judges.
Much to KAZKA’s fortune, the expert panel of judges will feature both Jamala and their former X Factor mentor Andriy Danylko. Eugene Filatov, who has worked with Eurovision 2009’s Svetlana Loboda and last year’s interval act ONUKA, also features on the judging panel.
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