Ever since their participation in the local series of X Factor, Ukrainian group KAZKA have been high on fan wishlists for Eurovision. The group have taken part in multiple editions of Vidbir, but missed out on the top prize several times. In an interview with Russian-language newspaper Vesti, the group have now revealed that they won’t return to the contest next year.
KAZKA last took part in the Ukrainian selection in 2019, finishing third with the song “Apart”. A huge favourite to win, the group faced a bit of a backlash. Many fans said that Oleksandra sang poorly on the night, and their performance received a huge amount of dislikes on YouTube. It currently has 7,300 likes compared to 26,000 dislikes.
KAZKA on Eurovision 2022 participation
With regards to their potential participation in Suspilne’s upcoming national final, KAZKA frontwoman Oleksandra Zaritska told Vesti:
“We all know that Eurovision is a big dream of our producer Yury Nikitin. After Verka Serduchka exploded so powerfully in that contest, all [Nikitin]’s thoughts are only with Eurovision. I agree with those, who, when we took part in the national final, [said] it was a bit too early.”
“However, we have grown since then. I, as a vocalist, feel a bit more confident. But we have no song which I would say is a hit for Eurovision, for now. For this contest, we need to prepare for a long time, and well before it. So, this year, we will clearly not participate.”
“For me, if we again fight for participation in this contest, then [it would be] only to win it. And therefore, in 2023, I don’t exclude such a possibility. It would be cool — after all it’s a great platform to [get people to] know you better in other countries.”
KAZKA first took part in Vidbir in 2018 with “Dyva”, crashing out in the semi-finals. Over the summer that year, the group broke through the charts around Eastern Europe, achieving radio Top 10s in Bulgaria and Russia with their Ukrainian-language hit “Plakala”. In 2020, the group opted not to enter the Eurovision preselection.
Recently, KAZKA fans have seen the band’s frontwoman in a different capacity: Oleksandra Zaritska took part in the local version of Dancing with the Stars.
Meanwhile, and as noted in another article coming from Vesti, broadcaster Suspilne reportedly expects to start preparations for the new selection in December. Earlier, the public broadcaster announced a tender for production companies after parting ways with commercial network STB.
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