Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 15 times since making its debut in 2003. They first won the contest in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana, and won again in 2016 with the song "1944" by Jamala, to become the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice. Ukraine hosted the 2005 and 2017 contests in Kiev.
|Member station||National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||15 (15 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2004, 2016|
|Worst result||24th: 2017|
|Ukraine's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see|
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Since the introduction of the semifinal round in 2004, Ukraine and Australia are the only countries outside the Big 5 to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in (Ukraine were absent in 2015 and 2019 and Australia did not participate until 2015). Ukraine has a total of six top five placements, with Verka Serduchka (2007) and Ani Lorak (2008) both finishing second, Zlata Ognevich third (2013), and Mika Newton fourth (2011). The only countries with more top five results in the 21st century are Sweden (11) and Russia (10).
Ukraine made its debut in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomaryov finished 14th. Ukraine won the contest at the second attempt in 2004, when Ruslana won with the song "Wild Dances", defeating second-placed Serbia and Montenegro by 17 points, 280 to 263.
On 19 September 2014, state broadcaster NTU announced that it would sit out the 2015 Contest because of financial difficulties in relation to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part. On 23 May 2015, Ukrainian Broadcaster NTU pledged to bring Ukraine back to the contest for 2016. On 16 September 2015, it was announced that Ukraine would return to the contest in 2016.
On its return to the contest in 2016, Ukraine became the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice, when Jamala won with her song "1944". The televote was won by Russia and the Jury vote by Australia, Ukraine was second in both, but won with an overall total of 534 points, with Australia second with 511 points and Russia third with 491 points. In 2017 as host country Ukraine was already pre qualified for the final however they achieved the worst result for the country 24th with 36 Points.
In 2019, similarly to previous years, UA:PBC delegated national selection of its Eurovision entry to a private broadcaster STB. Juries and public vote determined Maruv's Siren Song as a winner. In the following days, UA:PBC failed to reach a deal with Maruv due to disagreements on conditions of her taking part in the Ukrainian delegation. UA:PBC then offered the Eurovision ticket to runner-ups in the national selection, Freedom Jazz and Kazka, who both refused. As result, UA:PBC withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on 27th of February 2019.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is one of only two countries to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in (they were absent from the 2015 and 2019 contests). The other country is Australia, who first entered in 2015.[note 1] Ukraine has a total of nine top ten placements (six top five). The country has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.
The following lists Ukraine's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest along with their result.
- Table key
|2003||Oleksandr Ponomariov||English||"Hasta la Vista"||14||30||No semi-finals|
|2004||Ruslana||English, Ukrainian||"Wild Dances"||1||280||2||256|
|2005||GreenJolly||Ukrainian, English||"Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато)||19||30||Host country[a]|
|2006||Tina Karol||English||"Show Me Your Love"||7||145||7||146|
|2007||Verka Serduchka||German, English||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"||2||235||Top 10 Previous Year[b]|
|2008||Ani Lorak||English||"Shady Lady"||2||230||1||152|
|2009||Svetlana Loboda||English||"Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)"||12||76||6||80|
|2012||Gaitana||English||"Be My Guest"||15a||65||8||64|
|2015||Did not participate|
|2016||Jamala||English, Crimean Tatar||"1944"||1||534||2||287|
|2018||Mélovin||English||"Under the Ladder"||17||130||6||179|
|2019||Maruv||English, German||"Siren Song"||Withdrawn|
- a. ^ In 2012, Cyprus and Ukraine were both awarded with 65 points each in the Final, however, as regulated by the "count-back" tie-breaker rule, Ukraine finished 15th overall and Cyprus 16th because Ukraine received points from more countries in the Final than Cyprus.
- b. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- c. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 15th place, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
- d ^ Contains a repeated line in German (“Komme zu mir”).
Act selection processEdit
|2005||National Final with 19 participants|
|2006||National Final with 3 participants|
|2007||National Final with 7 participants|
|2008||Internal Selection - Artist; National Final with 5 songs|
|2009||National Final with 14 participants|
|2010||National Final with 20 participants|
|2011||National Final with 31 participants|
|2012||National Final with 21 participants|
|2013||National Final with 20 participants|
|2014||National Final with 20 participants|
|Did not participate 2015|
|Vidbir||UA:PBC & STB|
As of 2018, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:
|2005||Kyiv||Palace of Sports||Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko|
|2017||International Exhibition Centre||Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko|
Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2007||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай)||Verka Serduchka||2nd||235||Helsinki|
Voted by previous winners
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2008||Ani Lorak||"Shady Lady"||2nd||230||Belgrade|
Voted by commentators
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
Commentators and spokespersonsEdit
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|Year(s)||NTU/UA:PBC commentator||Dual NTU/UA:PBC commentator||STB commentator||Radio commentator||Spokesperson|
|2003||Dmytro Kryzhanivskyi ||Pavlo Shylko||No broadcast||No broadcast||Lyudmyla Hariv|
|2004||Rodion Pryntsevsky||No dual commentator||Pavlo Shylko|
|2005||Yaroslav Chornenkyi||Galyna Babiy||Maria Orlova|
|2006||Pavlo Shylko||No broadcast||Igor Posypaiko|
|2007||Timur Miroshnychenko||Kateryna Osadcha|
|2011||Tetyana Terekhova||Olena Zelinchenko||Ruslana|
|2015||No broadcast||Ukraine did not participate|
|2016||Olena Zelinchenko||Verka Serduchka|
|2017||Andrii Horodyskyi||Zlata Ognevich|
|2018||Timur Miroshnychenko||Mariya Yaremchuk (1st semifinal)
Alyosha (2nd semifinal)
Jamala (Grand Final)
|Serhiy Prytula||Nata Zhyzhchenko|
|2019||No dual commentator||No broadcast||Ukraine did not participate|
Notes and referencesEdit
- No country has always participated in the final since the introduction of semifinals in 2004. Australia who qualified every year, made their debut in 2015, while Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, skipped the contest in 2015 and 2019. The "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are also not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final.
- If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
- According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
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