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)
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.”