Ukraine faces difficult circumstances where survival is a daily struggle for countless people. But as we have seen time and time again, Russia’s war will not stop Ukrainians from raising their voice.

On Monday Ukraine’s state broadcaster Suspilne announced that it had received a total of 384 song submissions for Vidbir 2023 — its national selection for Eurovision. The submissions come from a total of 299 participants. The longlist of acts will be published by the end of October. 

The final will take place on 17 December in Kyiv’s Independence Square metro station. Metro stations are quite deep in Kyiv, and have served as bomb shelters throughout the war. Now they will welcome music as Vidbir brings Ukrainians together again. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ukraine receives 384 Eurovision song submissions for Vidbir 2023

​While there were no doubts about Ukraine participating in Eurovision 2023, many raised questions about the process by which they would select their song and if Ukraine would hold their national selection, Vidbir. Eurovision Ukraine’s Instagram page, @suspilne.eurovision, has been constantly active and they announced in August that it was accepting applications. The application period closed two days ago.

Dmytro Shurov (better known as Pianoboy) is the music producer of this year’s Vidbir. Speaking to Suspilne, ​Dmytro said that despite ongoing Russian aggression and the general state of anxiety, the national selection will proceed as scheduled. He pointed how impressive it was to receive so many entries in light of the profound challenges Ukrainian artists face. Many are abroad or volunteering with the war effort and humanitarian relief. Many are, no doubt, facing the emotional low point of their lives.

​As ever, Eurovision fans are looking forward for the next song from Ukraine. In recent years their entries have enjoyed huge success at home, and won over plenty of fans abroad. Ukraine’s past two acts, Go_A and Kalush Orchestra, mixed traditional music with a modern sound. The presence of some traditional instruments brought authenticity while the dynamic stage shows and songs made the audience dance or weep (as we saw in Turin). Considering this, Eurovision fans might wonder if Ukraine will follow a similar recipe this year.

​One thing is certain: the song that will represent Ukraine will carry a strong message. Dmytro stated that some of the songs are still in their demo versions and some are just “the cry of the soul of people who do not even plan to be artists.” Some of the submitted songs speak about life in bomb shelters, emigration, grief caused by the loss of relatives, and people’s faith in Armed Forces.

He concludes by saying that the number of song submissions is a vivid example of people’s attitude towards constructiveness and hope.

A committee will now evaluate the songs to decide who will make it into Vidbir, and the selection of the perfect song will be tough. While Ukraine must focus on a song with a strong message, it must also avoid political topics so it doesn’t violate Eurovision rules. That means any messages will likely be delivered through metaphor, or on topics broad enough to be read through an ambiguous or multi-faceted lens. Producers will probably screen the participants more closely than in 2022, to avoid repeating a drama on the scale of Alina Pash, the initial winner of last year’s Vidbir.

In May 2022, Kalush Orchestra delivered an emotional and powerful moment on the Eurovision stage, bringing victory to Ukraine. Their win will be acclaimed and celebrated by the United Kingdom this year, as Ukraine is not able to host the show as Russia continues to wage war, attacking both civilian and military targets. The BBC has promised that this edition of Eurovision will celebrate Ukrainian music and culture. The host city, Liverpool, is the birthplace of John Lennon, the composer of one of the greatest peace anthems ever written, “Imagine”.

What kind of song would you like to hear representing Ukraine next year? What former Vidbir artists you would like to see again?

 

 

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Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
1 month ago

They are in the middle of a fricking war. Billions paid with taxpayer money from Europe and United States well spent (read the last two words as sarcasm).

Mariia
1 month ago

So what? We should just die and not do anything in life?

Doggy Bark
Doggy Bark
1 month ago

I hope Armenia will send a song about the ongoing war in Armenia (surprise for many).

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
1 month ago

A political song, what could go wrong? Apart from being disqualified.

Roro31
1 month ago

Ukraine = best country of Eurovision !

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
1 month ago
Reply to  Roro31

Well that’s debatable!

Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Roro31

Facts

Alvin
Alvin
1 month ago

Love how every single comment that predicted a Ukrainian victory got immediate downvotes here in Wiwibloggs, while such comments almost always got approval in the Eurovision Fans Facebook Group.

And I still don’t get answers on why Eurovision fans on Wiwibloggs and Eurovision Fans Facebook Group are like two-worlds apart.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Alvin

Does having your comment validated really that important? They are just numbers which are easily manipulated if one so inclined.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

So much great stuff comes from National finals obviously but it is also full of generic, average pop. The war in Ukraine is first and foremost a tragedy but in the context of Eurovision Vidbir could give us some great acts that are poignant and special. Again in the context of Eurovision people’s sympathy towards Ukraine may benefit them but it’s an opportunity to hear something away from the Eurovision formula, so struggling with why some are so quick to complain.

Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
1 month ago

And ofc all will be political and allowed, it’s ukraine, it’s already been done they can do it one more time

sorrynotsorry
sorrynotsorry
1 month ago

What a waste of resources. They know they will win nevertheless, so why not use the money for some other things… I dunno… War?

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  sorrynotsorry

War doesn’t mean Ukraine culture has to die out. They have every right to sing and perform and show they still exist, no matter how hard Russia tries to destroy them.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

peeps here mad already? lmao 😀

Benito Camelo
Benito Camelo
1 month ago

They’ll win with whatever they send, Ukraine is Europe’s new darling and the war isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. Don’t @ me

Anna
Anna
1 month ago

Let’s ban Ukraine until the war is over

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Anna

Lets ban you until you grow a heart.

Peter
Peter
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Well said!

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Whatever they pick they’re going going to win Eurovision 2023 so it’s not like it really matters.

NickC
NickC
1 month ago

Coal starts out as woody organic matter, dries out and carbonizes to form peat. Under heat and pressure it becomes diamond.

I would not be surprised if Vidbir offers us a masterpiece. Through pain, comes growth. Many masterpieces in history were inspired by tragedy.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Glad to see Ukraine is still full of creativity even in this awful time. Ukraine seldom disappoints, and given how strong their last two entries were, I have very high hopes for whoever defends Kalush Orchestra’s title!

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

Kiyv 2024 i guess

tom
tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

It will be in Poland and Ukraine collaboration

GIUVIA
1 month ago

So many people saying “Ukraine is gonna obviously win bla bla bla” can y’all just chill with this? Getting really old now.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
1 month ago

Ukraine will win Eurovision 2023 by default if the war is still going on.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

How so?

ESC USA
ESC USA
1 month ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Explain how

Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

We had war for 9 years, did we win 9 times?

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

People who “don’t plant to be artists” creating and submitting songs gives this selection such a special dimension. I hope some of those songs will be selected so we get the chance to know them and listen to their songs.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Brave enough to say that Ukraine’s 2023 act/entry will be powerful and epic.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Unrelated but does anyone know what’s with Bulgaria?

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

What? How? When?? Who??? 🙂

Efraim
Efraim
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Apparently BNT is no longer interested in Eurovision. They’re out for 2023, and not expected to come back anytime soon.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Efraim

Yes I know that.. I’m talking about the fact that they have not officially withdrawn or something??

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Are we all really surprised most songs are about shelters and bombing? Not really. It is very obvious Ukraine is now clearly aiming for another victory so that another country spend its money to host contest about Ukraine.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Nothing’s stopping other countries from sending songs about shelters and bombing too.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Much “worse” than Ukraine winning with a great song would be other broadcasters submitting sub-par songs out of fear of “winning” considering how terrible the situation is in Europe at so many levels. Maybe it’s time for Australia to “win”.

Efraim
Efraim
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Given the circumstances, it obviously would have been unrealistic to expect sunshine and rainbows from them in Liverpool. But Stefania was a great song and would still have been a strong contender without the war; if they keep the theme but their entry is not as strong, it could become diminishing returns. Plus, after a year, the invasion is not likely to be as fresh on viewers’ minds even if it’s still going on by next May. Some might even be tired of hearing of it, harsh as it sounds.

Efraim
Efraim
1 month ago
Reply to  Efraim

So while the televote might once again skew towards Ukraine, I highly doubt it will skew as hard as it did in Turin.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

Another upbeat song, please!

If Ukraine sent a sad song directly relating to the war I doubt they’ll stand a chance at winning again, which I’m sure they know. I’m sure the Vidbir judges will want to send another 1944-esque ballad whilst the public will vote for an upbeat song.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

You must be joking. Don’t underestimate televote. They don’t need jury vote at all to win. They send song about war = they win again

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

Hungary sent a song about war a few years ago but they didn’t win.

Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Hungary wasn’t at war.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Rose Tyler

The song “Wars For Nothing” was about war.

“Waterloo” though on the other hand won as a song about a war. 🙂

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  James

I said they, not any country

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

You have to be particularly specific then.

Besides, “Stefania” wasn’t even a song made in response to the war itself when it was already out long before Ukraine was being invaded.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  James

It doesn’t really matters since they were head and shoulders above everyone else with bookies even before they choose that song. Same thing as this year btw. And they won anyway. By a landslide. Now imagine if Stefania was about the war.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

Bookkeepers are overrated.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  James

It’s bot about bookies, but what everyone saw last year

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago

This might be the first time ever we know the ESC winner before we even enter the new year?

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

“The rest is still unwritten…”

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

We have no idea how the juries will react to the Ukrainian entry.

The public vote will still probably skew in favour of Ukraine, unless there’s a standout act that can demolish the entire competition like Alexander Rybak or Salvador Sobral.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

Again, they got enough votes to get 2nd place with only televotes. They needed like 15 votes from jury to win.

Samira
Samira
1 month ago

(Insert generic quote from toxic ESC fans on how they’ll win again because of the war even though nothing is certain)

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago

I want to see Khayat!

James
James
1 month ago

And Tayanna. 🙂

tom
tom
1 month ago

Alina Pash ft Maruv – Shadows of forgotten Sirens pls 😉

NickC
NickC
1 month ago
Reply to  tom

This made me LOL. I dont know why grumpy wiwi readers dislike everything.

tom
tom
1 month ago
Reply to  NickC

Yeah they dislikes everything – probably 10 y old kids or 90 yo people

Ethan
Ethan
1 month ago

Doesn’t Eurovision ban political messages in its rules? I recall something about that but who cares at this point

SirLimo
SirLimo
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Not if it’s something personal to the person singing it. Guess what affects Ukrainians the most right now?

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  SirLimo

How do you check how personel someone feels about the song?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Political is a vague term open for debate.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

They only use it when they want to ban that song anyway

Rose Tyler
Rose Tyler
1 month ago
Reply to  Ethan

Jamala won, it’s obvious they allow it when they feel like it

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Rose Tyler

Because the song was subtle and doesn’t specifically mention anything particular in relation to Crimea’s annexation by Russia in its lyrics, unloke “We Don’t Wanna Put In”.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  James

It’s literally about crimea invasion, just different one. You think it’s on accident?

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

I also hope one of them is Maruv. She also deserves a second chance

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

Hope one of them is Alina Pash. Give her a second chance