Over the course of April and May, on the lead up to the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, we will be celebrating the countries that are participating this year in Rotterdam. Today, we celebrate Ukraine.
Ukraine debuted at the Contest in 2003, in Riga, Latvia. Oleksandr Ponomariov finished in fourteenth place with his entry “Hasta la Vista”, scoring 30 points.
The most successful entry from Ukraine was in 2004 and 2016. In 2004, when the Contest took place in Istanbul, Turkey, Ruslana finished in first place with her entry “Wild Dances”, scoring 280 points. This included eight sets of twelve points from Estonia, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Turkey.
In 2016, when the Contest took place in Stockholm, Sweden, Jamala finished in first place with her entry “1944”, scoring 534 points. This included eleven sets of jury twelve points from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Poland, San Marino, Serbia and Slovenia. This also included six sets of televote twelve points from Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland and San Marino.
The most recent Ukrainian entry was due to be in 2020, when the cancelled Contest was due to take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Go_A was due to represent Ukraine with their entry “Solovey”.
This year, Ukraine will be represented by Go_A with their song “Shum”. Will Go_A take Ukraine to their third victory?
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Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland