Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||15 (15 finals)|
|Best result||1st: 2004, 2016|
|Worst result||24th: 2017|
|Ukraine's page at Eurovision.tv|
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 15 times since making its debut in 2003, winning twice. Ukraine's first victory came in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana. The 2005 contest was then held in the country's capital, Kyiv. Its second victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944" by Jamala, made Ukraine the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice. Ukraine has also finished second in the contest with Verka Serduchka in 2007 and Ani Lorak in 2008, third with Zlata Ognevich in 2013, and fourth with Mika Newton in 2011, for a total of six top five placements. Additionally, Ukraine and Australia are currently the only countries in the Eurovision Song Contest that have a clean qualification record, meaning they have always qualified to perform at the Finals in the years they participated. (Excluding the Big Five since they get automatic qualification)
Ukraine made its debut in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomaryov finished 14th. Ukraine won the contest at the second attempt in 2004, when Ruslana won with the song "Wild Dances", defeating second-placed Serbia and Montenegro by 17 points, 280 to 263.
On 19 September 2014, state broadcaster NTU announced that it would sit out the 2015 Contest because of financial difficulties in relation to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis. However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part. On 23 May 2015, Ukrainian Broadcaster NTU pledged to bring Ukraine back to the contest for 2016. On 16 September 2015, it was announced that Ukraine would return to the contest in 2016.
On its return to the contest in 2016, Ukraine became the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice, when Jamala won with her song "1944". The televote was won by Russia and the Jury vote by Australia, Ukraine was second in both, but won with an overall total of 534 points, with Australia second with 511 points and Russia third with 491 points. In 2017 as host country Ukraine was already pre qualified for the final however they achieved the worst result for the country 24th with 36 Points.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine has never failed to qualify for the final (except in 2015 when they did not participate), and has a total of nine top ten placements (six top five). The country has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.
- Table key
|2003||Oleksandr Ponomariov||English||"Hasta la Vista"||14||30||No semi-finals|
|2004||Ruslana||English, Ukrainian||"Wild Dances"||1||280||2||256|
|2005||GreenJolly||Ukrainian, English||"Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато)||19||30||Host country|
|2006||Tina Karol||English||"Show Me Your Love"||7||145||7||146|
|2007||Verka Serduchka||German, English||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"||2||235||Top 10 Previous Year|
|2008||Ani Lorak||English||"Shady Lady"||2||230||1||152|
|2009||Svetlana Loboda||English||"Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)"||12||76||6||80|
|2012||Gaitana||English||"Be My Guest"||15a||65||8||64|
|2015||Did not participate|
|2016||Jamala||English, Crimean Tatar||"1944"||1||534||2||287|
|2018||Mélovin||English||"Under the Ladder"||17||130||6||179|
- a. ^ In 2012, Cyprus and Ukraine were both awarded with 65 points each in the Final, however, as regulated by the "count-back" tie-breaker rule, Ukraine finished 15th overall and Cyprus 16th because Ukraine received points from more countries in the Final than Cyprus.
- b. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition, back in 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 15th place, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.
Act selection process
|2005||National Final with 19 participants|
|2006||National Final with 3 participants|
|2007||National Final with 7 participants|
|2008||Internal Selection - Artist; National Final with 5 songs|
|2009||National Final with 14 participants|
|2010||National Final with 20 participants|
|2011||National Final with 31 participants|
|2012||National Final with 21 participants|
|2013||National Final with 20 participants|
|2014||National Final with 20 participants|
|Did not participate 2015|
|2016||Vidbir||UA:PBC & STB|
As of 2018, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:
|2005||Kyiv||Palace of Sports||Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko|
|2017||International Exhibition Centre||Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
|Year||Song||Performer||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2007||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай)||Verka Serduchka||2nd||235||Helsinki|
Voted by previous winners
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
|2008||Ani Lorak||"Shady Lady"||2nd||230||Belgrade|
Voted by commentators
|Year||Performer||Song||Final Result||Points||Host city|
Commentators and spokespersons
|Year(s)||Television commentator||Dual Television commentator||STB commentator||Radio commentator||Spokesperson|
|2003||Pavlo Shylko||No Dual Television Commentator||No broadcast||No broadcast||Lyudmyla Hariv|
|2004||Rodion Pryntsevsky||Pavlo Shylko|
|2005||Yaroslav Chornenkyi||Galyna Babiy||Maria Orlova|
|2006||Pavlo Shylko||No broadcast||Igor Posypaiko|
|2007||Timur Miroshnychenko||Kateryna Osadcha|
|2011||Tetyana Terekhova||Olena Zelinchenko||Ruslana|
|2015||No broadcast||Ukraine did not participate|
|2016||Olena Zelinchenko||Verka Serduchka|
|2017||Andrii Horodyskyi||Zlata Ognevich|
|2018||Timur Miroshnychenko||Mariya Yaremchuk (1st semifinal)|
Alyosha (2nd semifinal)
Jamala (Grand Final)
|Serhiy Prytula||Nata Zhyzhchenko|
Notes and references
- Actually, there are no more countries that have always participated in the final since the introduction of semifinals in 2004. Australia who qualified every year, made their debut in 2015, while Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, skipped the contest in 2015. The "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are also not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final.
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- «Євробачення–2015» українці дивилися найгірше за останні вісім років
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