The most nebulous selection procedure of finding the entry for the Eurovision Song Contest is probably taking place in the Ukraine from year to year. Even if a singer has been selected, it’s no guarantee that this singer will definitely go to the international final, this is subject to change and decided by the broadcasting channel NTU! These little arbitrariness’s are also used more or less in other countries like Russia and Belarus.
By now the Ukrainian final took place in mid February in Kiev where the lucky winner was Gaitana. She is a very electrifying singer, very exotic though as she is born in Congo. Her entry “Be my guest” is a powerful disco song with a strong chorus and choreography. This is an easy dance-and-sing-along title which needs to qualify in the second Semi Final. The Ukraine has always qualified for the final – maybe with a little help from the neighbour countries.
The Ukraine is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Eurovision Song Contest. Like no other country the Ukraine belongs to the most successful countries in recent history. The debut year has been back in 2003 when “Hasta la vista” by Olexandr reached a 14th rank.
Only one year later Ruslana enthused Europe with her “Wild Dances”, she won the ESC immediately with her sweeping energy. After that Kiev hosted the 50th anniversary contest – a wonderful show indeed. Having the Eastern European countries in the ESC has been criticised a lot in those years as other Western European countries suffering from low ranks, but it has brought wonderful songs with a lot of new inspiration to the contest. So it’s a truly benefit to open the contest to more and more countries.
This year there will be 43 countries participating in Baku. At the end East and West is almost half – half concerning the voting. Luckily the Ukraine is shaping up very well, out of nine participations there were six Top 10 entries! The most striking songs were “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” by Verka Serduchka in 2007 (2nd), “Be my Valentine” by Svetlana Loboda in 2009 (10th) and “Angel” by Mika Newton in 2011 (4th).