The revamped version of “Solovey” the Ukrainian entry for Eurovision 2020 has been released today.
The song has undergone changes to its backing track, building the power of the instrumentation throughout the song. Go_A stated earlier this week that they had made small changes to the song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
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.
Who are Go_A?
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.
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.