Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest: History

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Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest: History
Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest: History

Ukraine is a country that has become a motherland to many talented people. Participants of Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest are a powerful visibility of this fact. Singing is a big part of the Ukrainian culture. The melodiousness of the Ukrainian language invigorates creating and performing songs. All the participants of Ukraine at this contest are authors or co-authors of their songs. Now let's remind the history of Ukraine at  Eurovision Song Contest.

Olexander Ponomarev, 2003

Olexander Ponomarev was the first participant of Ukraine at this music contest. His song “Hasta la Vista” took  the 14th place in the final of the Eurovision in 2003, which was in Riga.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t the best song by Olexander. He is an owner of a pure tenor, the range of his voice is 3 octaves. His repertoire includes a lot of great songs. One of them is the song "Never". It is about a long-awaited strong love. Chorus of this song is translated as follows:

“I’ll never let anybody have you,

I’d like always to see you, to feel you and love you.

I’ve never so much loved anybody like I’ve loved you,

I’ve been waiting for you for so long, for so long…”

Ruslana, 2004

There were 36 participants at Eurovision Song Contest  in Istanbul in 2004. Ruslana’s song  Wild Dances was so energetic and exciting that it gained 280 points. This allowed her to win the contest. It was just a second performance of Ukraine and a victory of 2004. The single "Wild Dances" and self-titled album were avowed in more than 25 countries. 97 weeks Ruslana’s song  topped in the 14 different charts.

"Greenjolly" Band, 2005

Due to Ruslana Eurovision Song Contest took place in Kiev in 2005. Ivano-Frankovsk group "Greenjolly" presented Ukraine. Their song was "Razom Nas Bahato". This song had become famous since  “orange revolution” in Ukraine, but European audience didn’t like it. Therefore group "Greenjolly" got only  19th place. It wasn’t a good idea to combine politics and music contest. The participant of Greece Elena Paparizou won in Kiev in 2004.

Tina Karol, 2006

In Greece, Ukraine was represented by Tina Karol. Her song “Show Me Your Love” got 145 points, but it wasn’t enough to win. She was on the 7th place.

Tina’s voice sounds better, when she sings Ukrainian songs. For example, her song “Ne doshch” (“not rain”), in which a woman suggests not to be rude after the end of love.

Verka Serduchka, 2007

Scenic image of Ukrainian musician Andrew Danilko won all hearts in Helsinki, European audience and journalists. Unexpectedly Serduchka’s song  “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” received 235 points, and silver medal.

Ani Lorak, 2008

Ani Lorak repeated success of Verka Serduchka at the Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade in 2008. Her song “Shady Lady” received 230 points and got the second place. Ani Lorak was dressed in a shining beautiful dress by Roberto Cavalli. After this performance at Eurovision the resident Viktor Yushchenko awarded her the title of People's Artist of Ukraine.

The song “Shady Lady” is only in English, but you can listen other her songs. For example, the song "Malvy" performed by Ani Lorak reveals the depth of grief a mother who lost her son in the war.

Svetlana Loboda, 2009

Ukrainian singer  Svetlana Loboda made a provocative stage performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. She was called one of the most epatage singers  in the history of the contest.  Some journalists and members of the jury called her performance "non-format". During the song “Be My Valentine” Svetlana danced around a pole for a striptease and showed other bizarre and incredible scenery. Her performance got only 76 points and 12th place. But Svetlana was not disappointed and she continued to build a music career.

Alesha, 2010

Alyosha had some troubles with her song for the contest. At first, she was accused of plagiarism for her song “To be free” and then the jury and lawyers acknowledged the composition does not correspond to the requirements of the contest. They offered to replace it. In the end, Alesha took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo Ukrainian with the song Sweet People. She got  108 points and 10th place.

Mika Newton, 2011

The song “Angel” performed by Mika in Düsseldorf, got to Ukraine 159 points and 4th place. It was success for Mika, because she received an offer to work in the USA after the contest.

One beautiful Mika’s song in Ukrainian language is “Don’t let me go”. 

Gaitanа, 2012

The result of Gaitana’s performance was 65 points and 15th place at Eurovision Song Contest in Baku in 2012. Her song was  “Be My Guest”. It didn't spoil her career. After the competition she became one of the most popular Ukrainian singers. However, Gaitanа had been living and working in London since 2013. Her stage name was change in 2015 – she became Essami.

Zlata Ognevich, 2013

Zlata Ognevich represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malm (Sweden). Her song “Gravity” received 214 points and third place. And Zlata was named one of the most beautiful contestants.

One of Zlata’s song in Ukrainian language. It named “Passion”, which explained: “If love exists in couple, all problems can be solved”. 

Maria Yaremchuk, 2014

Maria represented Ukraine in Copenhagen. The song “Tick-Tock” was written by her. It got 113 points and 6th place, maybe, because everyone was looking to Conchita Wurst from Austria that year.

 Maria Yaremchuk is a daughter of the famous Ukrainian actor Nazar Yaremchuk. His song “Family” tells about importance of family.

As one more confirmation of Maria’s talent is the song “Varto chy ni” (It is worth or not) sung in duet of Alexander Ponomarev.

Ukraine refused to participate in Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, because of the hostilities in the Donbass, Crimea occupation and the difficult economic situation in the country.

Jamala, 2016

Jamala performed the song “1944” in Stockholm (Sweden) in 2016. She was inspired to write this song by the story of her great-grandmother, who told about tragedy that happened to the Crimean Tatar people in 1944.

Her song about deportation of the Crimean Tatars was recognized as "non-format. It caused hysteria in Russia. This song are considered a symbol of the struggle for the liberation of Crimea from the Russian occupation.  The 534 points gave her a chance to win.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be in Ukraine in one of the cities: Kiev, Odesa or Lviv.

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