Ukraine loves Eurovision and Eurovision loves Ukraine. And today Kyiv delivered its latest love letter in the form of the ten songs competing to win Vidbir 2023 — its national selection.
We’ll have to wait until December 17 to hear the 10 acts perform their songs live. But the studio cuts make it clear how Russia’s ongoing war has compelled artists to contemplate loss and trauma, but also resilience and hope. These artists will not be silenced.
As Vidbir musical director Dmytro Shurov — aka Pianboy — said last month, these finalists have pushed through the most difficult circumstances of their lives to create their art. 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.”
Below you can listen to each of the ten finalists. We’ve listed them in the running order, which the Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne released earlier today.
Ukraine: All ten Vidbir 2023 songs revealed
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