They’re the electro-folk group that won Vidbir 2020 last weekend with their anthem “Solovey”.
And now Go_A have been confirmed as Ukraine’s act for Eurovision 2020.
That’s because Go_A have signed a formal contract with the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine.
Chairman Zurab Alasania has pledged full financal support for the band and a team of around a dozen people to offer on the ground support in Rotterdam.
The news confirms the group as Ukraine’s representations for Eurovision 2020 after their victory at the national final last weekend. Go_A signed the contract at a press conference on February 25.
No new English lyrics for “Solovey”
Lead vocalist Kateryna Pavlenko has ruled out any English additions to “Solovey”.
The frontwoman says the objective of the band’s participation was to get a Ukranian song to the Eurovision stage. Morevoer, she’s ruled out any changes to the lyrics, and wrote the song based on a folk song she discovered while studying folklore at university. Pavlenko views Go_A’s victory as a win for Ukranian culture.
The band also used the press conference to reveal that they’ve been preparing to go to Eurovision for seven years. Costs for Ukraine’s participation are split between Ukraine’s public broadcaster, which funds participation at Eurovision and STB, which funds the national final.
Ukraine at Eurovision 2020
At Eurovision, Ukraine has been drawn to compete in the second half of the first semi-final.
The country took an unexpected one year break from Eurovision last year. Mélovin was the last act to represent Ukraine at the contest back in 2018.
His entry “Under the Ladder” opened the Grand Final. Despite impressive staging, including a burning staircase, the song finished in a disappointing 17th place in Lisbon.
What do you make of the news? Are you excited to see Go_A on stage?