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Producers behind Vidbir 2024 — Ukraine’s Eurovision 2024 selection — have already heard their winner. They just don’t know which song it is!

In a statement released on Wednesday, broadcaster Suspilne confirmed that it had received 389 submissions for Vidbir 2024. Applications were received from 288 artists, 222 of whom are solo singers. The long list of entries will be published by November 9.

Vidbir 2024 music director Dmytro Shurov (Pianoboy) summed up the applicant pool.

“Ukrainians, thank you for each of the 389 applications! I can already say that they feature at least four 100% hits, ten potential hits, several exciting comebacks, as well as something new that, I hope, will surprise us and the whole world. I am grateful to all musicians, producers, arrangers and authors for their efforts and heart. I know how difficult it is psychologically to be creative now, but I am proud that artists do not give up on their work but develop and move forward. Vidbir, as always, will breathe new Ukrainian music and discover those walking on the edge of modern pop culture and desperately looking for self-expression in this turbulent world.”

A lot of applicants were feeling creative — so much so they submitted more than one song. The broadcaster’s statement explains more.

“During the application period, Suspilne Ukraine received 337 songs, with more than 15% of artists submitting more than one song. The primary language of the songs is Ukrainian, with a rate of 57.5%; 33% of the submitted songs are performed in English, about 9% are bilingual and 0.5% are in other languages.”

“This year’s long list of entries will include up to 20 performers and will be announced by November 9. The longlisted participants will go through an audition. Subsequently, a list of up to 10 finalists will be formed by November 20. Finally, an online public voting will be held among the longlisted participants that have not been included in the list of finalists to determine one more participant of the final.” 

“The final of Vidbir will take place in February 2024 as a TV concert. As in previous years, the winner will be determined by public and jury voting. Ukrainians will choose the jury of the final by online voting.”

 

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Roro31
Roro31
5 months ago

I think there are The Hardkiss (rumors), Melovin also !

The Hardkiss VS Tayanna OMGGG <3

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

Wellboy for 2024! I hope he comes back with something even stronger than Nozzy Bossy.

Karl
Karl
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

He doesn’t really speak Ukrainian, so I doubt it.

Karl
Karl
5 months ago

Who’s excited for Corruptbir 2024?

Thallo
Thallo
5 months ago

TAYANNA deserves to represent Ukraine, I hope she tries again for Malmö.

The way the judges and public treated her during Vidbir 2018 was disgusting. Hopefully, Vidbir will get rid of those pointless judges soon. If a judge has a personal vendetta against an act for some reason, they’ll find a way to bash them down and wreck their chances of winning.

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
5 months ago

While Ukraine in the second year of h or ri fic situation in the country manages to get interest of local artists and songwriters in high numbers, the silence from across their southern border sounds comical and indeed pathetic.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
5 months ago
Reply to  UNA SPARKLE

who, romania?

i doubt there will be a open selection over there, i think a internal selection, some bigger name act, more live experience, someone who knows how to stage an entry without TVR having to get involved, someone who can fund the whole thing without TVR having to do that either

3 Sud Est maybe?

UNA SPARKLE
UNA SPARKLE
5 months ago

Great news from Ukraine!!!!! With the understanding that “participant” means “song and artist”, when will the 10 songs be published for the online vote?
When will the already selected 10 songs be published?

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
5 months ago

amazing, Vidbir one of the best national selections still

M B
M B
5 months ago

If there are so many good songs, please give us a longer final 😀

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

It seems they’ve already narrowed it down to ten, or even four. Just go with that so.

Emory
Emory
5 months ago

I really hope Melovin is one of those!!