After a few months of financial strife and uncertainty, broadcasters STB and UA:PBC have locked in their upcoming selection show Vidbir 2019. And while they have yet to announce the lineup of entrants, last year’s debutants KAZKA have confirmed that they have submitted an entry for consideration.
KAZKA, an alternative music group made up of vocalist Sasha and multi-instrumentalist Nikita, debuted at Vidbir 2018 with their entry, “Dyva”, which failed to make it out of the semi finals. While formally a duo, the group have recently added a third member Dmytro, who plays wind instruments.
The trio have yet to announce their entry for Vidbir 2019 – but they do have a strong back catalogue to choose from or draw inspiration from. Their song “Plakala” (Cry) was a huge success last year, earning over 100 million YouTube views and is the only Ukrainian song to make it to the Top 10 Shazam world charts. They released the English version of the song in December last year – which, with some adjustments, may make it eligible for Eurovision.
KAZKA first broke into the music scene in March 2017 with their song, “Svyata” before entering X Factor Ukraine in 2017 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.
Vidbir 2019 will be held in the Palace of Culture in Kyiv, and will commence with two semi-finals on February 9 and February 16, and the final on February 23. Voting will consist of both a public vote and expert panel of judges.
The expert panel of judges will feature Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala and their former X Factor mentor Andriy Danylko (who will no doubt tone down the controversy this year). Yevhen Filatov, who created 2017 Eurovision interval act ONUKA, also features on the judging panel.
Are you excited to see KAZKA back at Vidbir? Which other act would you like to see participate in Vidbir 2019? Let us know in the comments below!