Ukraine’s Eurovision 2023 final takes place on 17 December. And today we know which 36 acts are still in the running to make the final of Vidbir 2023.
State broadcaster Suspilne released the long-list of acts earlier today, along with positive words from the show’s musical director Dmytro Shurov (aka Pianoboy).
“I am personally interested in Ukrainian music not freezing, but developing in all directions so that our all possible music niches and styles have their heroes,” he said. “I believe that, in the current time of war and total uncertainty in the lives of musicians, this selection gains special importance: we are not only choosing those who deserve to represent Ukraine at the contest but also have an opportunity to hear a wide range of Ukrainian music that is being composed here and now, no matter what.”
“I am glad that I managed to motivate, inspire, and nudge many musicians to create new songs and interesting ideas during the selection process. It was hard for many of them to start writing again, quite a few musicians are forced migrants or on the edge of changing their profession or even the edge of survival. They are musicians who are volunteering, fighting in the war.”
“Nevertheless, we have the longlist of 36 songs, featuring everything – from songs performed by their authors, dream pop, and rock to indie, rap, and folk. There are certainly a few solid modern smash-hits that can rock any stage. All this shows how creative our nation is, how much we want to produce. I thank the public and Suspilne Ukraine for the trust to produce Vidbir musically. I have been listening to this longlist in my car and hope that, after all the songs are published, you will be as well.”
Long-listed acts will now audition for the show. The list of finalists will be revealed no later than 17 November.
Ukraine: 36 acts make Vidbir 2023 national final long-list
- Jerry Heil
- Iana Kovaleva
- Kozak Siromaha
- Lue Bason
- Oy Sound System
- Tember Blanche
- Victoria Niro
- Макс Пташник
- Мія Рамарі
- Саша Фадєєва