Ukraine opens submissions for Junior Eurovision 2023

June 20, 2023



The Ukrainian broadcaster has opened submissions for Junior Eurovision 2023.

The broadcaster has confirmed that they are now accepting submissions for this years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Nice. All interested applicants can sumbit their entries here, and have until July 9th 2023 to do so.

This years application process for Junior Eurovision sees some new rules, with simplified conditions. For the first time ever, the broadcaster will be holding their national selection in co-operation with a music producer, in this case, singer-songwriter Svitlana Tarabarova.

“Historically, Ukraine is an inseparable part of Europe. The Ukrainian people proved that they belong to a large European family, and the main ones in this family are, of course, children. Many of our children have experienced the horrors of occupation, evacuation, shelling; so now it is very important to give them a sense of normal life and the opportunity to show their talents. Healing children’s souls through music.  

As a musician and mother of three children, I understand how important it is to create a creative atmosphere and give the opportunity to communicate with those who are on your wavelength. I am sure that there is no better place to look for than music festivals, and the best children’s song festival in Europe is, of course, Junior Eurovision. 

It is an honor for me to become the music producer of the National Selection for the Children’s Eurovision Song Contest this year. I will do my best so that all talents are heard, and the best one will represent our country in France.  

Let’s work together, regardless of the circumstances, so that our children grow up not as “children of war” but as “children of victory!”

Rules and regulations

  • Each person must submit two video recordings of a live performance of two songs – a cover of a popular song and an original song. If no original song is available, they must submit two cover songs in different styles, and Suspline will provide them with an original song.
  • All original songs must be between 2.5 and 3 minutes, must not have been released prior to May 1st 2023, and at least 60% of the lyrics must be in the Ukrainian language.
  • All persons between the ages of 9 and 14 as of November 2023 are allowed to apply, either as a solist or as part of a group with no more than six members.

Once the submissions window has closed, ten participants will be chosen to advance to auditions, which are expected to be held by July 13th 2023. At the auditions, an expert council will be formed of three representatives in the music industry.

After the auditions have taken place, five acts will be selected to advance to the final, which will be held online as in previous years. There will be a three member jury panel in the final who will be voting alongside Ukrainians through online voting.

Last years Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Yerevan, Armenia saw Zlata Dzyunka representing Ukraine with her song “Nezlama” (Unbreakable). She finished in 9th place with 111 points.

Are you excited for Ukraine’s national selection for Junior Eurovision 2023? What style of song would you like to see Ukraine send to Nice this November? Let us know in the comments below!

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