In 2016, Elina Ivashchenko brought Eurovision 2006 star Tina Karol to tears with his rendition of Jamala’s “1944” during the final of Ukraine’s version of The Voice Kids. Now the singer might well find herself on the Eurovision 2020 stage with her own song “Get Up”.
Elina Ivashchenko isn’t new to Ukrainians. The 17-year-old’s star has been rising for several years: she won both The Voice Kids and the all-Ukrainian singing contest Black Sea Games. In 2019, she successfully auditioned for the tenth series of X Factor Ukraine.
Elina Ivaschenko sings Eurovision 2020 song “Get Up”
Noted as one of the strongest vocalists in the tenth series of X Factor Ukraine, Elina easily reached the final of the show. In the competition’s final, every single contestant was asked to sing an original song for the first time. It was then that the songstress sang her Eurovision effort “Get Up”.
Bringing a classic Eurovision ballad and showcasing her vocal capabilities, Elina hopes that she will be able to represent her country in Rotterdam. However, she will first have to win Ukraine’s Eurovision selection Vidbir, which will be held in February 2020.
What do we know about Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2020?
In a welcome turn of events from last year, when private broadcaster STB wanted to pull the plug, Vidbir will once again return to the television screens across Ukraine. Last year, its final ended in drama and confusion when Eurovision participating broadcaster UA:PBC announced that it would not be sending Vidbir 2019 winner MARUV to Tel Aviv. This led to protests from fellow competitors, resulting in the country eventually having to withdraw from the competition.
Besides Elina Ivashchenko, no other big Ukrainian name seems to be in the game yet. Electro-folk band ONUKA, one of the interval acts when Eurovision was held in Ukraine in 2017, have stated that they are not interested.
Artists and groups have the opportunity to apply for the national selection until the 25th of December. However, the lack of stars so far might also be due to a new rule in the selection. After the situation that erupted during Vidbir 2019, the Ukrainian broadcasters STB and UA:PBC announced that the participants in the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2020 are not allowed to have performed in Russia in the five preceding years.
During the Ukrainian national final for Eurovision 2020, Elina Ivashchenko will at least face one familiar face. One of the judges of the Ukrainian version of X Factor, Andriy Danylko, will also be one of the judges of the preselection. Danylko represented Ukraine as the drag act Verka Serduchka in 2007 and finished as the overall runner-up in the competition behind Serbia’s Marija Serifovic.
Should fellow X Factor star Georgiy Koldun represent Belarus at Eurovision 2020?
In the superfinal of Ukraine’s X Factor, Elina Ivashchenko will sing against Belarusian star Georgiy Koldun. His name might sound familiar to Eurovision fans, although he has never participated in any of the infamous Belarusian audition rounds.
It is his younger brother, Dmitry Koldun, who represented the Eastern European nation back in 2007 with “Work Your Magic”. This Philipp Kirkorov-penned song is still the most successful Belarusian effort to date, finishing sixth.
Commenters on social media have suggested that the 43-year-old qualified geography teacher and X Factor Ukraine superfinalist Georgiy Koldun should be given a chance to represent Belarus at Eurovision 2020. With his smoky voice and joyful charm that has appealed to both young and old, Georgiy is said to be the perfect candidate to bring Belarus back to left-hand side of the Eurovision scoreboard.
What do you think about Elina Ivashchenko’s song “Get Up”? Do you want her to represent Ukraine? Who else do you want to participate in Vidbir 2020? Do you think Georgiy Koldun should represent Belarus in 2020? Let us know all your answers to these questions below!