The eleventh artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Go_A from Ukraine.
Go_A are a folktronica group who were formed in Kyiv in 2012. The band is made up of Kateryna Pavlenko (vocalist), Taras Shevchenko (multi-intrusentalist), Ihor Didenchuk (sopiklar) and Ivan Hrihoryak (guitar). They combine Ukrainian singing styles with modern dance beats, African drums and guitar.
The band has already performed at many festivals in Ukraine (Koktebel Jazz Festival, Kraina Mriy, Gogolfest, Vedalife, Trypilske Kolo, Slava Frolova Art Picnic, Polyana Music Festival, Kyiv Open Air, White Nights vol2, SheFest). They have also performed outside of Ukraine, namely in Israel, Poland and Belarus.
Go_A’s debut single, “Коляда” (Kolyada – Christmas Carol) was released in 2012. In November 2016, the band released their debut album #Ідиназвук (#IdyNaZvuk – #FollowTheSound). Later that year, their song “Веснянка” (Vesianka – Mayfly) was awarded “Track of the Year” by Kiss FM. “Vesianka” later reached the top 10 on the Slovakian iTunes chart in 2019.
The song that Go_A will perform in Rotterdam is called “Соловей” (Solovey – Nightingale). The song was written and composed by band member Kateryna Pavlenko. Taras Shevchenko also helped with the composition. “Solovey” is the first Ukrainian entry since 2007 to include lyrics in Ukrainian and is the first ever entry to be completely in Ukrainian. Go_A won the right to represent Ukraine in Rotterdam after winning Vidbir 2020. They scored maximum points from both the jury and public vote in the final.
Go_A will perform in the second half of the first semi-final.
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song 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.