With Go_A, you never run out of surprises. After their Eurovision 2020 song “Solovey”, we are all waiting for their next bid for the contest in 2021. Disco? Trance? Traditional? They can do whatever, whenever.
Initially, Go_A front-woman Kateryna Pavlenko suggested that the band were finalising one song to be released sometime in February. However, when they released their latest single “SHUM”, the group reposted stories on Instagram detailing that it would be their Eurovision 2021 entry, sending Eurovision fans into a spiral of confusion.
UA:PBC‘s delegation ended the confusion on Instagram, replying to a fan that “SHUM” wouldn’t be the group’s song for Rotterdam.
And now Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC has revealed that the selection process will work a little differently than the group seems to have thought. The broadcaster has revealed that a five-person panel is going to determine Go_A’s Eurovision effort. And there will be more than just one song on the table.
Jury to select Go_A’s Eurovision 2021 song
The jury to select the entry includes Ukrainian stars and established music industry experts. Former Vidbir judges Jamala and Yevhen Filatov are there, as well as Vidbir musical producer Ruslan Kvinta. Here’s what the full jury looks like.
Jamala – singer, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Yevhen Filatov – producer, leader of The Manaken band
Ruslan Kvinta – music producer, composer
Yaroslav Lodygin – member of the Managing Board of UA: PBC in charge of television
Dmytro Khorkin – member of the Managing Board of UA: PBC in charge of radio
According to the song selection rules, Go_A will present at least two songs for the jury selection. Each jury member will evaluate each submitted song. Points from the jury will be combined into a final ranking. The song with most points from the jury will win the selection and will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2021.
However, if two or more songs get an equal number of points, the winning song will be decided by the majority voting of the jury (more than 50% of the jury members). One jury member can vote for a song only once.
UA:PBC states that in a press release that the results will be announced by 10 March.
Why is UA:PBC taking this step suddenly?
After fan questions on their Instagram, the official account of the UA:PBC delegation to Eurovision answered that the procedure was all part of the rules they had established for their entrant for 2021.
Two of these rules were noted by the broadcaster as:
1.4. The public broadcaster determines the song of the Participant, which will represent Ukraine at the contest (after this – the Selection), and establishes the rules for the Selection.
2.6. The Jury listens and evaluates the Songs during the meeting (in person or remotely) within 1 (one) working day after the submission of the Songs by the Participant.
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