Suspline have opened submissions for Ukraine's upcoming national final for Eurovision 2023.
The Ukrainian broadcaster has confirmed that applications for Ukraine’s national final for Eurovision 2023 have been opened, and will remain open until October 15th. The national final, which will most likely be Vidbir, or something similar, is expected to take place in December.
Dmitry “Pianoboy” Surov, who will act as the official music producer for the national final has commented: “I want Europe to hear and see a modern Ukrainian musician, who is part of the global music context. I know that we have such people and, although it is very difficult to create right now, I invite and urge musicians of all styles and genres to urgently pick up their favourite instrument and join the selection. You have almost two months to create your winning song that breathes for Ukraine — a song that will touch and inspire the world.”
UA:PBC have confirmed that a number of changes will be happening to their upcoming national final.
As was mentioned back in May, the broadcaster are looking to change the way in which jury members are chosen. They will allow the Ukrainian public to chose the members of the jury which will serve for the national final and for Eurovision.
“The composition of the jury of the final of the National Selection and the national jury for the international Eurovision contest will be determined by Ukrainians with the help of online voting.”
As in previous years, the broadcaster will let all interested persons particpate in the national, and Eurovision, (should they win), no matter if they are unknown or established artists.
“As in previous years, solo performers or bands that already exist or were created specifically for participation in the National Selection are allowed to participate in Eurovision.”
For the first time in Ukraine’s Eurovision national final history, they have introduced a language rule. They state that songs can be sung in any language except Russian.
“Songs can be in any language, except the language of the aggressor state.”
All long-listed artists must be available to attend an audition in person: “Personal participation in listening to the participants of the longlist is mandatory.”
The show is expected to take place in Kyiv this December, with the winner being announced during the broadcast of the show live on Suspline’s television channels and digital platforms.
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