With several days to go before the closure of the submission window, music blog MUZVAR has teased several names for Ukraine’s new Vidbir, the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2022. Among them are a few well-known faces in current Ukrainian pop music.
Taking to Instagram account, the blog published a list of acts that have submitted songs to the revamped selection process. The publication states that they managed to get the names through insider information as well as direct confirmations from artists themselves.
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Ukraine’s Vidbir 2022: Reported Artists
Perhaps the hottest name on the list is Wellboy. He scored one of the largest local hits of 2021 with “Husy” (“Geese”). Wellboy had been rumoured for some time and according to MUZVAR, he is indeed in the mix. It is likely that the former X Factor participant will bring another original piece to contest. His current music style combines countryside kitsch with rap and alternative pop.
Alina Pash — another hot name — will definitely bring some flair to the contest. The Carpathian-born “Bitanga” hitmaker has been high on fan wishlists for several years. Alongside Wellboy, Alina Pash was one of the young Ukrainian artists to appear on the Tina Karol collaboration album Молода кров (Young blood). Alina recently released the single “Івана Купала”, which is 2:25 minutes long.
Vidbir 2022 will potentially get a guest from Belarus as Michael Soul has entered the selection. The Belarusian singer has worked from Kyiv since 2021. Eurovision fans might remember him from his attempts to represent his country of birth. In 2019, he was a local fan favourite with the Vlad Freimann-produced (that’s Vlad from VAL) song “Humanize”, but eventually came fourth. He has previously sang as a backing vocalist for NAVIBAND at the contest in 2017.
Cloudless participated in Vidbir 2020 with “Drown Me Down”, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.
Meanwhile, Eurovision enthusiast ERIA has not been silent about her song. She has submitted “Mavka”, which she recently teased in a folk-style video. In 2018, she participated in the national final under the pseudonym VILNA with “Forest Song”.
MUZVAR has also reported that Junior Eurovision 2019 star Sofia Ivanko has sent in an entry. According to the music blog, TikTok star and Junior Eurovision 2015 entrant Anna Trincher had rejected the possibility of sending in an entry after having been invited by Suspilne.
Young singer SOWA, whose name means “owl”, is an upcoming artist from Ukraine who is set to release her first album this Spring. In 2021, she collaborated with Eurovision 2018 star Mélovin on the single “Таємний знак”.
Mariupol-born influencer and singer Uliana Royce started her musical career in 2018. In 2020, she was among the laurates of YUNA Junior, one of the most prestigious award for young Ukrainian pop talent.
Former Holos krainy star ROXOLANA is signed to the Mamamusic label. Although she has yet to break through to the mainstream, ROXOLANA has collaborated with the likes of KAZKA and Nina Matvienko.
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