GO_A will represent Ukraine at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
This evening the Final of Vidbir 2020 took place in Ukraine, with six artists vying for the chance to represent their country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. The result was made up of 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. On the jury panel tonight was Andrii Danylko (Verka Serduchka, 2007), Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006) and Vitalii Drozdov (director-general of Hit FM Radio).
The following artists participated in tonight’s show:
- KRUTЬ – 99
- Jerry Heil – Vegan
- GO_A – Solovey
- David Axelrod – Horizon
- Khayat – Call For Love
- TVORCHI – Bonfire
Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala and 2007 artist Verka Serduchka featured as guest performers.
On their last participation in 2018, Ukraine finished 17th in the final with “Under the Ladder” by Mélovin. MARUV was due to represent the country in Tel Aviv with “Siren Song”. However, MARUV and UA:PBC could not come to an agreement on her participation for a number of reasons, including MARUV’s upcoming performances in Russia. As such, Ukraine were forced to withdraw from the contest.
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana brought the country their first win with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”; her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2017 O.Torvald represented the country on home soil with the song “Time”. The group finished in 24th place, Ukraine’s worst result at the contest to date.