In a recent published video, some of the details of Go_A’s staging for their Live-On-Tape backup performance can be seen.
The Ukrainian broadcaster UA have been publishing videos on their Youtube page as part of a HALLO Євробачення (Hello Eurovision!) series. In their most recent video they have followed the process of recording a backup ‘Live on tape’ performance.
Although, of course, they have not revealed a huge amount of details we are able to ascertain some details of their staging. From the quick background shots we can see, it appears that they are keeping the same theme as their music video for ШУМ (‘Shum’).
It is clear to see that they have used a number of props resembling dead trees, there is use of a snow covered backdrop in parts of the backing LED/VT and there are some large iron gates apparent as well. It would also appear that the outfits of Go_A are in tune with their modern, dark outfits they have used for the music video.
So far these are the only details we know about the backup performance. At the moment Go_A, along with most delegations with the exception of Australia, are still aiming to perform live on the Rotterdam stage without needing to use their Live on Tape performance.
We will soon know if Go_A have got a similar theme for their staging in Rotterdam, as their first rehearsal is set to take place on Sunday 9th May. Go_A will represent Ukraine in the first semi-final on Tuesday 18th May, performing in the penultimate slot.
Each delegation was required to create a live on tape backup performance prior to the contest in the event that anyone was not able to travel, or tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the contest. The Eurovision team has revealed that the Eurovision Song Celebration will be broadcast again this year, in order to honour these live on tape performances.
Who are Go_A?
Go_A is a folktronica group that was formed in Kyiv in 2012. The band is made up of Kateryna Pavlenko (vocalist), Taras Shevchenko (multi-instrumentalist), Ihor Didenchuk (sopiklar), and Ivan Hrihoryak (guitar). They combine Ukrainian singing styles with modern dance beats, African drums, and guitar.
They will perform in the first semi-final on May 18th.
Source: UA:Перший on Youtube // Image Source: UA:PBC/Anastasiia Mantach
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.