Emmie van Stijn the stand-in artist who replaced Kateryna of Go_A in their second rehearsal will join the group for Semi-Final One on Tuesday evening.
Twenty-four-year-old Emmie van Stijn who stood in for the lead singer of Go_A earlier this week at rehearsals for Eurovision has been invited to join the group for the first Semi-Final on May 18. The group has thanked Emmie by inviting her to be part of the Ukrainian delegation on Tuesday night and sit with Go_A in the Green Room for the show.
Emmie revealed that she was on her way to work when she was asked to be the stand-in for Kateryna on Wednesday. Emmie had been one of the stand-in artists for rehearsals prior to this year’s competitors arriving in Rotterdam. She explained that:
I was on the metro and then my guide called to ask if I happened to have time. I actually indicated that I was unavailable this week because I had to work. Then my guide told me that the singer was sick and that I had to come because I was the only one who knew the act. Otherwise, someone else would have to learn the song completely phonetically in two hours, and that was almost impossible.
Emmie had been due to work a shift at Taco Bell and had to rush to call her boss to receive permission to skip her shift. She was so caught off guard that she needed her parents to rush her pass to get into the Ahoy from home to the venue and quickly have a COVID test.
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.
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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.