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Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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 Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Ukraine
National selection
Selection processVidbir 2019
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
9 February 2019
16 February 2019
23 February 2019
Selected entrantMaruv
Selected song"Siren Song"
Selected songwriter(s)Hanna Korsun
Mikhail Busin
Finals performance
Final resultWithdrawn
Ukraine in the  Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Ukraine initially intended to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, organised a national final in collaboration with the commercial broadcaster STB, in order to find the Ukrainian representative for the 2019 contest. Maruv emerged as the winner with the "Siren Song". Right after the show, it was announced that Maruv would sign a participation agreement, but she refused. On 25 February, UA:PBC officially announced Maruv's withdrawal and that they would select the representative via internal selection.[1] On 27 February, UA:PBC announced the withdrawal of the country.[2]


Prior to the 2019 Contest, Ukraine had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifteen times since its first entry in 2003.[3] The nation had won the contest on two occasions: in 2004 with the song "Wild Dances" performed by Ruslana and in 2016 with the song "1944" performed by Jamala. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Ukraine had managed to qualify to the final in every contest they participated in thus far. Ukraine had been the runner-up in the contest on two occasions: in 2007 with the song "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" performed by Verka Serduchka and in 2008 with the song "Shady Lady" performed by Ani Lorak. Ukraine's least successful result had been 24th place, which they achieved during the 2017 with the song "Time" performed by O.Torvald.

In 2018, Ukraine was represented by Mélovin and the song "Under the Ladder", the country ended in 17th place in the grand final with 130 points.

The Ukrainian national broadcaster, National Television Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), broadcasts the event within Ukraine and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. In the past, UA:PBC had alternated between both internal selections and national finals in order to select the Ukrainian entry. Between 2011 and 2014, UA:PBC had set up national finals with several artists to choose both the song and performer to compete at Eurovision for Ukraine, with both the public and a panel of jury members involved in the selection. NTU withdrew from the contest for one year in 2015 due to the unstable financial and political situation caused by the War in Donbass.[4][5] In 2016, NTU collaborated with the commercial broadcaster STB in order to organise a national final to select Ukraine's entry, resulting in the selection of an entry that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. UA:PBC's collaboration with STB continued in 2019 and is planned for 2020 and 2021.[6]

Before Eurovision

Vidbir 2019

The Ukrainian national final was held at the Palace of Culture "KPI" in Kyiv and consisted of two semi-finals held on 9 and 16 February 2019 and a final on 23 February 2019.

Danylko, Jamala & Filatov
Danylko, Jamala & Filatov

The expert jury that voted during the shows consisted of:

Competing entries

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Anna Maria "My Road" Anna Opanasiuk, Maria Opanasiuk, Ivan Rozin
Bahroma "Nazavzhdy-Navsegda" Roman Bakhariev, Oleksiy Kryvosheyev
Braii "Maybe" Oleksiy Kryvosheyev, Oksana Bryzhalova
Brunettes Shoot Blondes "Houston" Andriy Kovaliov
Freedom Jazz "Cupidon" Oleksandra Zhurba
Ivan Navi "All for the Love" Ivan Siarkevych, Yana Kovaliova, Andriy Lemishka
KAZKA "Apart" Ruslan Akhrymenko, Yevhen Matyushenko
Khayat "Ever" Andriy Khayat
Kira Mazur "Dykhaty" Olena Mazur
Laud "2 dni" Ivan Klemenko, Stanislav Chornyi
Letay [uk] "Myla moya" Illia Reznikov, Ivan Rozin
Maruv "Siren Song" Hanna Korsun, Mikhail Busin
The Hypnotunez "Hey" The Hypnotunez
Tayanna "Ochi" Tetiana Reshetniak, Vitaliy Telezin
TseSho "Hate" TseSho
Vera Kekelia "Wow!" Roman Duda, Vira Kekelia
Yuko "Galyna guliala" Stanislav Koroliov, Yulia Yurina


Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 9 February 2019 in Palace of Culture KPI. The top three entries following the combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury advanced to the final of the competition, while the remaining five entries were eliminated. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2018 Eurovision entrant Mélovin performed with the song "Z toboyu, zi mnoyu, i hodi" as a guest.

Semi-final 1 – 9 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote (SMS) / App Total Place
Percentage Points
1 The Hypnotunez "Hey" 1 5,33% 1 2 8
2 Letay "Myla moya" 2 10,42% 3 5 7
3 Vera Kekelia "Wow!" 4 7,86% 2 6 6
4 Tsesho "Hate" 5 13,78% 6 11 4
5 Yuko "Galyna guliala" 8 13,39% 5 13 3
6 Maruv "Siren Song" 6 22,64% 8 14 1
7 Brunettes Shoot Blondes "Houston" 7 15,44% 7 14 2
8 Bahroma "Nazavzhdy-Navsegda" 3 11,15% 4 7 5
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 16 February 2019 in Palace of Culture KPI. The top three entries following the combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury advanced to the final of the competition, while the remaining five entries were eliminated. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2019 Eurovision entrant Lake Malawi performed with the song "Friend of a Friend" as a guest.

Semi-final 2 – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote (SMS) / App Total Place
Votes Percentage Points
1 Ivan Navi "All for the Love" 4 11,837 11,64% 4 8 6
2 Anna Maria "My Road" 5 17,014 16,73% 7 12 2
3 Kazka "Apart" 7 13,668 13,44% 5 12 3
4 Kira Mazur "Dykhaty" 1 4,118 4,05% 1 2 8
5 Laud "2 dni" 6 8,247 8,11% 3 9 4
6 Khayat "Ever" 2 14,878 14,63% 6 8 5
7 Braii "Maybe" 3 5,857 5,76% 2 5 7
8 Freedom Jazz "Cupidon" 8 26,075 25,64% 8 16 1

The final took place on 23 February 2019 in Palace of Culture KPI. 2019 Eurovision entrant Bilal Hassani performed with the song "Roi" as a guest. Also Jamala presented her new single "Solo".

Draw Artist Song Juries Televote Total Place
1 Freedom Jazz "Cupidon" 6 4 10 2
2 Yuko "Galyna guliala" 4 1 5 5
3 Maruv "Siren Song" 5 6 11 1
4 Brunettes Shoot Blondes "Houston" 2 3 5 4
5 Kazka "Apart" 3 5 8 3
6 Anna Maria "My Road" 1 2 3 6


During the final of the national selection, it was announced that the broadcaster had reserved the right to change the decision made by the jury and Ukrainian public. Following Maruv's win, it was reported that the broadcaster had sent her management a contract, requiring Maruv to cancel all upcoming appearances and performances in Russia in order to become the Ukrainian representative. After it became clear that she would be performing in two concerts in Russia the following months, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko stated that artists who toured in Russia or "did not recognise the territorial integrity of Ukraine" should not take part in Eurovision.[7] She was also given 48 hours to sign the contract or be replaced.[8] The day afterwards, Maruv revealed that the broadcaster's contract had additionally banned her from improvising on stage and communicating with any journalist without the permission of the broadcaster, and required her to fully comply with any requests from the broadcaster. If she were to not follow any of these clauses, she would be fined 2 million. Maruv also stated that the broadcaster would not give her any financial compensation for the competition and would not pay for the trip to Tel Aviv.[9]

On 25 February, both Maruv and the broadcaster confirmed that she would not represent Ukraine in Israel due to disputes within the contract, and that another act would be chosen.[1] National final runner-up Freedom Jazz announced on 26 February that they had rejected the broadcaster's offer to represent Ukraine as well, with third place finisher Kazka confirming they had rejected the offer as well the following day.[10][11]

It is considered controversial for Ukrainian artists to tour in Russia following the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[12]

Internal selection

On 25 February, Maruv took the decision to not agree on the UA:PBC's terms and therefore refused to represent Ukraine in the 2019 contest. The Ukrainian broadcaster intended to make an internal selection in order to find the act which will represent the country in Tel Aviv.[13] On 26 February, it was revealed that the broadcaster had sent proposals to second and third place finishers Freedom Jazz and Kazka regarding representing Ukraine. Both acts later confirmed that they had rejected the offer.[14][11]


On 27 February, UA:PBC announced Ukraine's withdrawal from the contest. However, the show will be broadcast.[2]


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  2. ^ a b "Ukraine withdraws from Eurovision 2019". Escxtra. 27 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ukraine Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  4. ^ Україна бере тайм-аут на рік у конкурсі Євробачення. (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2015: Ukraine announces exit". BBC News. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  6. ^ "UA: ПЕРШИЙ і СТБ продовжили співпрацю з проведення нацвідбору на Євробачення ще на три роки". 17 October 2018.
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  11. ^ a b Herbert, Emily. "Ukraine: KAZKA Reject Proposal to Go to Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix.
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