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Ukraine 2023: 2022 winner chooses its next representative this weekend

This weekend, on Saturday December 17th 2022 at 16:00 CET, this year’s winner and one of the host nations of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine, will choose its next representative. The Ukrainian national final, Vidbir 2023, will be organized in the war-torn capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.

The group Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 contest in Turin (Italy) with the song “Stefania“, marking Ukraine’s third victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The hosts of Vidbir 2023

The hosts of Vidbir 2023 will be the following 3: Timur Miroshnychenko, Zlata Ognevich, and Kateryna Pavlenko, as was announced by the Ukrainian national broadcaster, Suspilne.

The hosts are not unfamiliar in the world of Eurovision as Timur Miroshnychenko has been the Ukrainian Eurovision commentator of the contest since 2017 (and it is rumoured that he will also be one of the hosts during the upcoming contest in Liverpool, the United Kingdom). Next to this Miroshnychenko co-hosted the contest of 2017. Zlata Ognevich has represented Ukraine in the contest of 2017 in Malmö (Sweden), finishing 3rd on the scoreboard with the song “Gravity”. Kateryna Pavlenko is the singer of the band Go_A which was chosen to participate for Ukraine in 2020 (cancelled), and in 2021, where Go_A finished 5th in the Grand Final.

Source: Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (2013)

The acts of Vidbir 2023

Below you can find the acts of Vidbir 2023 in alphabetical order:

  • 2TONE — “Kvitka” (Flower)
  • Angelina — “Stronger”
  • DEMCHUK — “Alive”
  • FIINKA — “Dovbush”
  • Jerry Heil — “WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR”
  • KRUTЬ — “Kolyskova” (Lullaby)
  • Moisei — “I’m Not Alone”
  • OY Sound System — “Oy, tuzhu” (Oh, longing)
  • Tember Blanche — “Ya vdoma” (I’m home)
  • TVORCHI — “Heart Of Steel”

The venue of Vidbir 2023

Because Ukraine is in a war with Russia, it was needed to find a suitable day, time, and venue for the Ukrainian national final, which is called “Vidbir 2023”. The national final will be held on Saturday December 17th, at 16:00 CET, in the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv.

Source: Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, Go_A – Shum (2021)

Vidbir 2023

The final of Vibdir 2023 is set to take place on the 17th of December 2022 in Kyiv at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station. The winner of the final will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the United Kingdom. The winner will be chosen by a combination of public voting and a jury.

The jury of the Ukrainian national final was chosen by the public, and the 3 jury members are the following:

  • Taras Topolya – Lead singer of Antitila
  • Jamala – Winner of Eurovision 2016
  • Yulia Sanina – Frontwoman of The Hardkiss

Eurovision 2023

Next to Ukraine competing in the contest, and immediately placing themselves for the 2023 Grand Final as they are the winner of the 2022 contest, Ukraine will also host an alternative song contest in Liverpool (United Kingdom). It is not possible, because of the war, for Ukraine to organize the contest in their own country, and that is why the UK has stepped in to organize it together with them in the UK. The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will therefore exuberate an Ukrainian-British atmosphere.

Source: Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel, Kalush Orchestra – Stefania (2021)

ESCplus Live

All the national finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 can be watched live on our special platform, called “ESCplus Live”. Tune in next Saturday to see Ukraine’s national final, Vidbir 2023, on ESCplus Live by clicking the link:


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