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A total of 284 acts tried their luck in Suspilne’s new selection show. But only a tenth of them have made it to Vidbir 2022’s longlist. In a press release, the Ukrainian public broadcaster revealed the 27 names still in the race.

It includes some big names who managed to keep their candidacy under wraps, including Alina Pash and Wellboy, and LAUD, Kalush Orchestra and SHY.

Among the 27 acts still standing in the Eastern European country are many that were included in Muzvar’s early roundup of submission bids. These include Cloudless, Michael Soul, SOWA and ROXOLANA

With this, the broadcaster has also confirmed that the final number of acts to take part in the Ukrainian selection on 12 February is set to be eight. 

Yaroslav Lodygin, member of the Managing Board of UA:PBC in charge of television, said in the press release: 

“Because of the pandemic the National Selection has not been held since 2020. Over this time, Ukrainian musicians have obviously accumulated energy and materials, so the number of good applications was very big! Still, there have not been many arguments among the organizing committee members up to this point, and the longlist was formed quite quickly. The fight is for the 8 positions in the final, so the hottest arguments are ahead!”

Vidbir 2022 acts longlist 

1. Alina Pash
2. AMARIIA
3. ANTSIA
4. Barleben
5. Cloudless
6. DOdoBro
7. FIZRUK
8. Gorim!
9. IDXO
10. Kalush Orchestra
11. LAUD
12. Laura Marti
13. Michael Soul
14. Our Atlantic
15. Oyedamola
16. ROXOLANA
17. Schor
18. SHY
19. Skhidzakhid
20. Sofia Shanti
21. SOWA
22. The blue artic
23. The Tape Machine
24. Victoria NIRO
25. Vika Yahych
26. WELLBOY
27. Yuliia Timochko

Vidbir 2022 longlist notable acts

Kalush Orchestra

Hailing from the Carpathian town of the same name, Kalush Orchestra combines ancient Ukrainian traditions with modern sounds of rap and hip hop. The group uses the the vernacular of its hometown. One of its members, Ihor Didenchuk, already has some experience under his belt. In 2021, he stood on the Eurovision stage as part of Go_A. One of the latest singles the band released, “Shtomber Womber”, is three minutes long. In the comment section, famous rapper alyona alyona replied that she would love to see the song at the contest.

ROXOLANA

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. 

LAUD

Having participated in multiple editions of Vidbir, LAUD – whose real name is Vladyslav Karashchuk – was always a jury favourite. He participated in the 2016 edition of Holos krainy, but his Vidbir participations were his big breakthrough. Since those, he has duetted with Tayanna, performed at Atlas Weekend and most recently, released his album Dual

SOWA

Young singer SOWA, whose name means “owl”, is an up-and-coming 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”. 

Cloudless

Cloudless participated in Vidbir 2020 with “Drown Me Down”, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

Alina Pash

Alina Pash 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”. 

Michael Soul

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 previously sang as a backing vocalist for NAVIBAND at the contest in 2017.

SHY

SHY – that’s Oleksandra Kariagina – has composed several songs for MARUV. Next to that, her first releases were produced by Boosin. Her biggest hit, so far, was in 2019, when she released the duet “Цiлуй мене” (“Kiss me”) with popular singer-songwriter Pianoboy. 

Yuliia Timochko

The runner-up of the latest series of Holos krainy, Yuliia Timochko also made the top 27 of the Ukrainian selection. During the television show, she was part of Tina Karol’s team, and her most successful contestant. 

Wellboy

Wellboy scored one of the biggest local hits of 2021 with “Husy” (“Geese”). 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. 

Who would you like to see among the eight finalists of Vidbir 2022? Are your favourite artists on the list? Let us know in the comments down below!

 

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Stian F
Stian F
4 months ago

Where is Eria? I cannot believe Ukraine is not including Eria once again. Ukraine could have won Eurovision back in 2017 and didn’t even include her in the line up with the absolutely amazing song “ochi” and now they are overlooking her once again with “mavka” – I am in shock!!! How is it even possible! 0 points for Ukraine this year!

Mil
Mil
4 months ago

From this list, I am looking forward to Alina Pash entry the most. The girl has an edge, a stage presence, a voice. I hope the song would be something in line with her Bosokarnya.

Mariia
4 months ago

Lol are you a native speaker? Because lyrics are fine

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
4 months ago

Dont know dude, but are you aware there are a lot of native Russians in Ukraine?

Teddie
Teddie
4 months ago

Are you for real, mate?

ete sech
ete sech
4 months ago

Such a shame only 8 songs will be featured, at least half of these acts are Eurovision ready and potential future stars. 🙁
However, I’m sure Vidbir will be a great NF! 😀

Lucky
Lucky
4 months ago

At first I wanted Eria, but after listening to “Mavka”, I don’t even feel disappointed that she’s not in the list.

Alex M
Alex M
4 months ago
Reply to  Lucky

She’s also trying too hard to gain attention. Changing her stage name every year, buying reaction videos, rigging views on Youtube. And it’s not like she’s a real musician with much good songs released

Franky
Franky
4 months ago

Ukraine always has such interesting acts in their national finals.

Anita
Anita
4 months ago

YES! Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more 🙂

Eurovision2016>
Eurovision2016>
4 months ago

Mariya yaremchuk, tayanna, anna trincher, sophia ivanko could’ve participated.

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago

I wanted Kazka and Khayat…. a bit sad, Ukraine is always surprising so let’s see what they have in their bags

Kate
Kate
4 months ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Khayat didn’t submit this year and Kazka said they will back in Vidbir next year

Mil
Mil
4 months ago
Reply to  Kate

They said they might be back next year.

Bart
Bart
4 months ago

Good names in here, but i liked the songs from Eria and La Festa Opera: they send a really good nature folk vibe song

Teddy
Teddy
4 months ago

Can Romania and Ukraine switch formats? It’s disappointing that a country with so much talent and songwriting potential would eliminate the semi final round, especially when it was well watched domestically. Ukraine probably has at least 12 artists that are Eurovision ready here… Unlike others…

NickC
NickC
4 months ago

LAUD has one of the most fantastic voices in the whole World. He will be a worldwide star soon.

Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

in 2022, we need artists to understand caps lock doesn’t make them look edgier. having said this, can’t want for vidbir and a bit sad that only 8 songs will make it, too little to give justice to ukraine’s music scene.

Teddy
Teddy
4 months ago

You have to understand that it’s less of them seeking to be edgy and more that Latin characters in caps are closer to the Cyrillic than the non-capitalised versions.

#synthsareawesome
#synthsareawesome
4 months ago
Reply to  Teddy

Yes, but for some reason nobody thought of it before and this tradition came from American pop. Let’s face the truth: the whole caps thing is just mainstream desperately trying to be edgy surface-level underground indie, which wrote this way because “Bandcamp”. It’s not a particularly slavic trend, it’s all over the globe.

Kate
Kate
4 months ago

Michael Soul, Alina Pash, Loud, Wellboy,Kalush and Claudless…. omg! i can’t wait 😀

Roelof M
Roelof M
4 months ago

Dang, this list is already so promising that it has me wondering if Ukraine will EVER drop the ball and NQ. Their selection is always filled with talent and strong songs, and I don’t think this year will be any different.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Roelof M

Don’t jinx it.

Nick
Nick
4 months ago

So Ihor from Go_A who is also a member of Kalush band could go to Eurovision again? I like the idea lol

Helen
Helen
4 months ago

Rumors are saying Eria was disqualified bc she bought many rewires opinion and also rigged views on her Mavka clip… wth? is it could be true?

Alex M
Alex M
4 months ago
Reply to  Helen

She definitely rigged the views because 2 days after the premiere there was less than 10k views on her Mavka video and then suddenly on the next day it got 900k views without going into trending or anything

Kristian
Kristian
4 months ago

Evria didn’t make it ? Sad

Apollo
Apollo
4 months ago

So excited for Wellboy. He’s so loveable and Ukrainians love him for being authentic since he’s the polar opposite of the typical fake glitzy Ukrainian/Russian artists.

Mil
Mil
4 months ago

Yes, Verka for generation Z. That’s why I don’t like him at all.

Jamie
Jamie
4 months ago

Ukraine has so many talented artists I’m literally gasping every year. Is this country ever gonna stop surprising us?!

Nikko
Nikko
4 months ago

I was hoping for KAZAKY but good participation list. Rooting for LAUD

Mil
Mil
4 months ago
Reply to  Nikko

Forget about them. They toured in Russia and therefore don’t meet Vidbir criteria.