UA:PBC, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, has revealed the 12 finalists that will compete in the Ukrainian national final for Junior Eurovision 2021.
A total of 118 artists applied to compete in the Ukrainian national selection for Junior Eurovision 2021. The 118 submissions were reviewed by a selection committee, which selected the 12 finalists. The 12 finalists and songs confirmed so far are:
- Arseniy Grischenko – ‘Redemption’
- Anastayia Doroshenko (Nana Do) – ‘Svit nadliudei’ (The World of Super People)
- Daryna Zinchenko – Song to be confirmed
- Karina Kornuta – Song to be confirmed
- Darina Kryvenko – ‘Kosy khmarochosy’ (Skyscraping Braids)
- Anzelina Makfarlein (RREALINA) – ‘Angel of Light’
- Veronika Morska – Song to be confirmed
- Yelizabeta Petryk – Song to be confirmed
- Darya Rebrova – ‘Make Me Happy’
- Sofia Skvaruk – ‘Golden Time’
- Mariya Tkachuk – ‘Pazly svitu’ (Puzzles of the World)
- Olena Usenko (Ellen Usenko) – ‘Vazhil’ (Leverage)
As part of their applications, the artists could choose to sing an original song or a cover version of an existing song. The artists that performed cover versions at the first stage of the national selection will receive a new original song from UA:PBC for the final.
The winner of the national selection for Junior Eurovision 2021 will be decided by the professional jury and online voting in the televised final on UA: Kultura on October 23.
Ukraine finished 7th in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 scoring a total of 106 points. Oleksandr Balabanov was 7th with the juries scoring 52 points including 10 points from Poland and Russia. He then placed 6th in the online voting scoring 54 points.
Source: UA:PBC | Image source: EBU / Stijn Smulders
Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.