They’re the electronic folk ensemble that would have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 for Ukraine. And even though the contest was cancelled, Go_A have found plenty of ways to keep active in recent weeks. Most recently, they offered their own take on one of Ukraine’s most notable Eurovision entries — the 2007 runner-up, Verka Serduchka’s “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”.
The Ukrainian band held a vote to decide which song they would cover in their own unique style next. The iconic hit from their home soil won over other three options: The Roop’s “On Fire”, Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” and Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.
Complying with social distancing laws, the live video was filmed on the top floor of the UA:PBC building. Their cover of the 2007 runner-up and perennial hit displays both a new interpretation of the song as well as a new side of the folk band, who’ve opted for a much more German progressive rock perspective. It fits surprisingly well with their folk style.
We should also note that the urban atmosphere really brings out a gritty club feeling in what is usually seen as a more campy and sparkly song. Go_ A struck gold with this one we know they have made their judge at Vidbir very proud.
Our cover of Verka Serdyuchka's "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" is already on our YouTube channel – https://t.co/cXxdq6dZFq
The musical interpretation of a legendary tune we presented at the Eurovision Home Concert is waiting for your reactions?
— Go_A (@_Go_A_) May 19, 2020
Ukraine at Eurovision 2021
Go_A have been selected to go to Eurovision 2021, and were one of the first acts to be re-confirmed.
In a statement shared on the day Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, the band wrote: “We are pleased to inform you that we will still represent Ukraine next year at the Eurovision 2021. UA: FIRST and STB 2021 will not carry out an additional national selection”.
They concluded by saying: “We are very grateful to each of you for the support and crazy emotions you have given us. For believing in yourself and a victorious spirit. For overturning our world and becoming such a close musical family”.
As part of their thanks, they kindly filmed an acoustic version of their planned Eurovision 2020 song for The Wiwi Jam — our at-home celebration and tribute concert on May 13. You can watch their stunning performance below. Pay careful attention to the cat on the bed. She’s most definitely a mood!
What do you think? Could this rocky angle work well for their 2021 entry? Let us know in the comments below!