Ukraine: 8 Finalists in “Vidbir 2022” Have Been Announced + Change in The Line-Up

At a special press conference today, Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC announced the identity of 8 finalists in the Ukrainian selection for Eurovison 2022

The 8 acts are:

Alina Pash – Тіні забутих предків (Eng: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors)

The title of her song is a homage to an old film from the 1960’s with the same name.
Last January, the singer won the Music Moves Europe Talents Award.
She has also collaborated with Tina Karol (who represented Ukraine at Eurovision 2006)

Cloudless – All be alright

Cloudless has already participated in “Vidbir 2020“.
As always, they will give us a pop rock song with some electronic elements:

Kalush Orchestra – Stefania

The band members are:  Oleh Psyuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Dzhonni Dyvnii, Tymofii Muzychuk,  Vitalii Duzhyk, and DJ Kylymen.
The band combines Ukrainian ethnic music with hip-hop and rap.
One of the members may be very familiar to us – Ihor Didenchuk was on stage with Go_A band who represented Ukraine at Eurovision 2021.

Michael Soul – Demons

Michael Soul is well known thanks to his participation in the Belarussian national selection. His last participation was in 2019 with the song “Humanize“.
In 2017, he was one of the backing vocalists for Navibnand at Eurovision 2017.
Due to the complicated situation in Belarus, Michael has moved to live in Ukraine since 2021.
For “Vidbir 2022“, he submitted 3 songs. One of them was accepted – it is his single “Demons” from 2 months ago!

Our Atlantic – Моя Любов (Eng: My Love)

Our Atlantic is a Ukrainian Indie-pop band.
So far, they have released 2 Eps – “Pillows” (2018) and “Час розваг” (2020).
In addition, they have participated in the Koza Music Battle – a music competition in Ukraine.

Roxolana – GIRLZZZZ

Roxolana (real name: Roksolana Sirota) has collaborated with artists like Kazka and Nina Matvienko. She is known for her participation in the music show “Holos krainy“.
For “Vidbir 2022“, she will give up an upbeat dance pop song with some ethnic elements.

Wellboy – Nozzy Bossy

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Wellboy (real name: Anoton Velboy).
He rose to fame after participating in “X-Factor Ukraine 2019“, his mentor was Andriy Danylko (who we all know as Verka Sirduchka).
Wellboiy combines pop, country, hip-hop and rap in his music.

Laud – Head Under Water [Edit: LAUD was eliminated by the broadcaster due to going against the rules of the content]

Laud (real name:  Vladyslav Karashchuk) participated in “Vidbir 2018“.
Since then, he has collaborated with multiple artists.
Recently, he dropped the album “DUAL”, whose one of its songs will be his “Vidbir 2022″ songs:

10 hours after the announcement, it was declared that Laud’s song wasn’t aligned with the competition rules. In fact, his song was released in another version in 2018.
however, according to the EBU rules, all participating/ potential Eurovision 2022 songs shouldn’t be released before the 1st of September 2021. Therefore, Laud will be suspended from “Vidbir 2022” and will be replaced by another artist!

Barleben – Hear My Words

Barleben has entered “Vidbir 2022” at the broadcaster’s request.

You can read the UA:PBC statement here:

In addition, we have received an allocation draw for the 2 halves of the shows

First Half (Songs 1-4)

Michael Soul
Our Atlantic

Second Half (Songs 5-8)

Alina Pash 
Kalush Orchestra

The final (and only show) of “Vidbir 2022” will be held on Saturday the 12th of February 2022. The show will last for 2.5 hours.

Mariya (Masha) Efrosinina will be the main host of the show. She hosted before Eurovision 2005.
Timur Miroshnychenko will host the green room. He hosted before Eurovision 2017Junior Eurovision 2009+2013. In addition, he has been a Eurovision commentator for a long time

You’re welcome to read all about Eurovision 2022 on our homepage

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Doron Lahav is 30-year-old, who lives in Israel. Doron has been watching the Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and shows interest in singing and writing.

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