Ukraine — the only country with a perfect qualification record at the Eurovision Song Contest — is ready to polish its record once more.

On Thursday its broadcaster Suspilne revealed the 10 finalists for the national selection, which will be held on December 17 — one month from today.

Vidbir 2023 finalists

 
2TONE                       Квітка (Flower)

Angelina                   Stronger

DEMCHUK                Alive

FIINKA                       Довбуш (Dovbush)

Jerry Heil                  WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR

KRUTЬ                      Колискова (Lullaby)

Moisei                       I’m Not Alone

OY Sound System   Ой, тужу (Oy, tuzhu)

Tember Blanche       Я вдома (I’m home)

TVORCHI                  Heart Of Steel

This year’s musical director Dmytro Shurov — aka Pianboy — expressed his gratitude to everyone who entered and praised the final ten. In a statement, he said:

“I am very grateful to all the musicians that managed to do an important job in really difficult circumstances, both emotionally and physically, often under sirens and shellings, in basements and with no power supply. The task was complicated as, besides writing a good song that would touch people, recording it in a studio and performing it live at auditions, the participants had to comply with all the rules of the national selection.”

“As a result of great common work of the team of Suspilne Ukraine and the musicians that submitted their songs to participate in Eurovision 2023, this year we will hear a lot of interesting new Ukrainian music of very different styles, and I am confident that every listener will find their favourite there.”

“A lot of great musicians stayed beyond these ten finalists. I believe that they will have their say in Ukrainian music soon. This gives me hope and confidence that next Vidbirs will be no less interesting.”

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XOOOD
XOOOD
13 days ago

by the english titles alone you can pick up the “vibe” they’re going for! so puckle up it will be a dragging national final full of you know what! [can’t write it down because some are sensitive of the truth].

Una
Una
14 days ago

The songs will be released on 1 December! Ukraine <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Zanoni
Zanoni
14 days ago

At her best, KRUT? gives me goosebumps. I hope she has a song that pops.

Sebastián
Sebastián
16 days ago

Please Ukraine, still sending quality!

Go_A is still in my heart!

PS: Jamala doesn’t deserve to be judge, she’s harsh. Please, remember Maruv’s scandal

Bart
Bart
14 days ago
Reply to  Sebastián

Why would she be harsch?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Bart

You don’t remember her conduct at the 2019 vidbir? “Crimea is Ukraine?”

Una
Una
14 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

2022 is knocking at peoples’ doors. Short memories.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
17 days ago

I only recognise Jerry Heil from the line-up and judging from the song title it won’t be like her previous attempt of representing Ukraine. I’m excited. This will be a national selection to watch out for, for sure.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
16 days ago

Considering I didn’t like her previous song vegan because I thought it was really annoying, When God shut the door sounds intriguing like it’s a much more serious song. Living through an invasion will do that to you.

Esc addict
Esc addict
17 days ago

It seems promising but where is Khayat !? I really wanted to see him back…. I will follow this NF with pleasure, and probably I will rule for Ukraine again as this is my fav esc country. Good luck to all the participants.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

He just didn’t make the cut this time. It happens.

laampa
laampa
17 days ago

What a pity that this national selection has NO Ukrainian artists I know!! I hope Dzidzio will represent Ukraine in Eurovision someday!! 😀 😀 😀

microfibertowel
microfibertowel
17 days ago

Jerry Heil, Tember Blanche, TVORCHI give me good vibes

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago

I wonder how many artists have been through through vidbir before And who are the newcomers. Can someone enlighten me please?

Mariia
17 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Jerry Krut? and Tvorchi took part before

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago
Reply to  Mariia

And they were all in the 2020 edition of Vidbir. That I do remember.

Edu
Edu
17 days ago

Looking forward Tvorchi’s entry. They are the only one I know from this spot. Good luck to all! Can’t wait to listen all the entries.

Myrtisma
Myrtisma
17 days ago

With those song titles, surely more than one will be about the war. Let’s see if EBU doesn’t disqualify the winner for being a political song.

tom
tom
17 days ago
Reply to  Myrtisma

Feels like Ukraine can do everything with Azerbaijan and Russia …. Like sorry EBU did not want to kick off Russia from ESC even this year lol …. We all know story with AzerBUYjan (and no I am not from Armenia ;))

But Georgia always needs to change something bc of EBU – same with Armenia in 2015 …

Edu
Edu
17 days ago
Reply to  Myrtisma

JUSTICE FOR MARUV & ALINA.

Jofty
Jofty
17 days ago
Reply to  Myrtisma

Wel if the contest had not been in Russia 2009, Georgia might have been allowed in. Shame, it was a great dance track which would have qualified for sure.

Colin
Colin
17 days ago
Reply to  Myrtisma

It’s about the explicitness of the lyrics. 1944 mentions soldiers, killings, denial of guilt, stolen youth, and the cries of humanity. It doesn’t explicitly mention Russia, Putin or Krimea. That’s the objective difference in EBU’s formal approval. From a very subjective standpoint, We Don’t Wanna Put In aged like fine wine, and I’d be happy if it had the opportunity to be performed in Moscow. I’d be even happier if the hypocritical douche Dima Bilan never won in the first place, and if ESC 2009 was held in Kyiv.

Colin
Colin
17 days ago
Reply to  Colin

You are talking about connecting the dots. Sure it was about the Russian invasion. But it was not explicitly said in a literal way, and that’s all official guidelines are about. I guess that the wordplay in WDWPI was too on the nose, even if the lyrics technically aren’t literal. The contest being in Russia was probably also important, as nobody wanted to risk performers’ safety either. As for Kirkoroff, no, Shady Lady wouldn’t be my ideal choice either. Portugal, Switzerland, Serbia, Poland, and Albania are by far my top 5. I was just going with the next one in… Read more »

Una
Una
16 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Serbia is my winner of that year <3 <3 <3 <3. France was great was well. Israel would be my third.
2008 was a fabulous year. I totally disliked Greece, Russia and Ukraine though.

I would love the 2009 group to represent Georgia in 2023!! Please make it happen!!!!!!!!

Colin
Colin
17 days ago
Reply to  Colin

PS. While Kirkorov winning would certainly put a sour taste ESC history (he’s terrible too), at least it would officially put Ukraine directly in front of Russia – TWICE.

But for the sake of the argument, let’s say Greece and fine. It’s catchy enough, and as far as I know, Kalomira is unproblematic. Perhaps an ESC in Athens would have helped WDWPI being approved. Maybe…

Colin
Colin
16 days ago
Reply to  Colin

It seems to be important to you to put Ukraine in front of Russia even in 2008, before the war”

I only meant from today’s perspective. I personally voted for Kirkorov’s song in the semi as late as 2019. I would not have today. These are just some of my retroactive thoughts.

Colin
Colin
16 days ago
Reply to  Colin

As in – For me, Kirkorov isn’t a bad songwriter, only a bad person. Most of his ESC writing work is at least decent. Also, I have to take in account that he didn’t make any of these songs alone. And while I wouldn’t vote for his future project, I’m not ”cancelling” his previous ones on my lists, because they aren’t his work alone, and he’s behind the scenes.

Colin
Colin
16 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Ha ha ha Ukraine is higher on my list than Greece, even if I do find My Secret Combination a quite nice PG-rated sex song, and Kalomira charming. Nice, as in top 15-worthy, not top 3-worthy. Sure, voting in 2008 isn’t up my alley either. How can you have three songs with the same kind of appeal in top 4? 😉 It does prove that ESC doesn’t have fixed rules, though. Anything can happen.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
16 days ago
Reply to  Colin

Me neither miss Kirkorov… I don´t want him see returning to ESC

Alex
Alex
17 days ago

It’s gonna be presentation with all songs and allocation draw at first dates of December

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
14 days ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, we’re going to get the songs on December 1, although we won’t get Albania’s songs until the day of the live shows.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago

I wonder when the songs will be released. It will be exactly one month before the selection happens.

Thallo
Thallo
17 days ago

I hope TVORCHI has a banger. I always feel like something is missing from their songs though, I’m not sure if it’s the vocals or production but it feels unfinished and empty.

Jerry Heil’s song sounds very interesting. I think she’s the frontrunner right now.

KRUTb is a dark horse in this lineup, I’m rooting for her! I just hope her song isn’t boring.

Jofty
Jofty
17 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

What’s Jerry Heil doing in it? Maybe Mick Jagger wrote the song.

Thallo
Thallo
17 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

I’m either too gay or too young to understand this reference.

Jonas
Jonas
17 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Mrs. Murdoch.

Colin
Colin
17 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Too young, I’d assume. Jerry Hall (later Murdoch) is a successful model and actress who was in a long-term relationship with The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger from 1977 to 1999.

Whisker
Whisker
17 days ago

Very nice song titles, all of them. “Alive”, “Heart of Steel”, “I’m Not Alone”, “Stronger” sound in tune with what’s going on, but also “Flower” and “Lullaby” have this sweetness to them that should nurture and be nurtured too, especially because of the situation. I hope Suspilne releases the songs before the final!

Una
Una
17 days ago

I believe that Ukraine’s selection will be *epic*!! Only one month to go!!!!

The songs’ titles seem to fit in the same box – nothing wrong about that. What do “Dovbush” and “tuzhu” mean?

deni_Al
deni_Al
17 days ago
Reply to  Una

Dovbush – that’s Oleksa Dovbush, Ukrainian historical figure
Tuzhu means “Miss (someone)”

deni_Al
deni_Al
17 days ago
Reply to  deni_Al

For Dovbush it’s just an assumption. It’s also can be a slang word for “to beat something”

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
17 days ago
Reply to  deni_Al

Wouldn’t be the first time somebody’s name was a byword for something.

Una
Una
17 days ago
Reply to  deni_Al

Thank you!!