On Monday it confirmed Ukraine’s participation at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Armenia. And now Ukrainian state broadcaster Suspilne has opened the submissions window for its JESC 2022 national selection.
In recent years, Ukraine’s national selection has included between ten and twelve finalists. You can read full details about their selection in the official press release, which we’re pasting at the end of this post.
The fact that Ukraine will stage a national final — even as the country faces a bloody war waged by Russia — shows their commitment to the Eurovision Song Contest and the seriousness with which they approach its events.
Some fans have questioned why Ukraine would participate. But, now, as at Eurovision 2022, the contest is an important way to unify people as they continue to resist aggression from Moscow.
As Kalush Orchestra’s lead singer Oleh told us at Eurovision in Concert, pop culture is an important platform to convey Ukraine’s hopes and aspirations.
“We believe that it is very important for every Ukrainian to be able to speak up for Ukraine right now. For us it is particularly important to to represent the authentic, beautiful Ukrainian music, so that it gets an opportunity to be represented in the world market. That’s why the opportunity to represent Ukraine here at the Eurovision Song Contest is of particular importance.”
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“We want everybody to remember that Ukraine is free and Ukraine is doing its free, unique music. [We have] something that is different — a different signature that we can bring in.”
The act of participation reminds the world of Ukraine’s plight. But it’s also important to look inward. For young people, who are growing up in war, the contest offers an important reminder of what freedom looks and feels like. Hopefully it also gives them a moment of respite from the ongoing horrors around them.
Ukraine opens Junior Eurovision 2022 national selection
The following is a press release submitted by Ukraine’s state broadcaster UA:PBC.
“On Wednesday, 3 August, Suspilne Ukraine launches the call for entries within the national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022.”
“Everyone interested can apply on the national website junior.eurovision.ua. The age of eligible artists is from 9 to 14. The call for entries will continue until 23 August.”
“Applications can be submitted by both solo artists and bands of up to 6 members that have an original song. The song must be from 02:30 to 03:00 minutes in duration. At least 60% of the lyrics must in Ukrainian under the contest requirements. The song must not have been released before 1 May 2022.”
“Up to ten finalists will be selected from among the applications that meet the national selection rules. This year’s national final will be held in the online format.”
“Suspilne Ukraine as a member of the European Broadcasting Union organises and holds the selection of the song and representative of Ukraine and supports the participation of the representative of Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022.”