Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 15 (15 finals)
First appearance 2003
Best result 1st: 2004, 2016
Worst result 24th: 2017
External links
Official website
Ukraine's page at
For the most recent participation see
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.[1] However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part.[2] 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.[3]

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).[note 1] The country has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
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
2010 Alyosha English "Sweet People" 10 108 7 77
2011 Mika Newton English "Angel" 4 159 6 81
2012 Gaitana English "Be My Guest" 15a 65 8 64
2013 Zlata Ognevich English "Gravity" 3 214 3 140
2014 Mariya Yaremchuk English "Tick-Tock" 6 113 5 118
2015 Did not participate
2016 Jamala English, Crimean Tatar "1944" 1 534 2 287
2017 O.Torvald English "Time" 24 36 Host country
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

Year Selection process Channel
2003Internal SelectionNTU
2005National Final with 19 participants
2006National Final with 3 participants
2007National Final with 7 participants
2008Internal Selection - Artist; National Final with 5 songs
2009National Final with 14 participants
2010National Final with 20 participants
2011National Final with 31 participants
2012National Final with 21 participants
2013National Final with 20 participants
2014National Final with 20 participants
Did not participate 2015
2016VidbirUA:PBC & STB

Voting history

As of 2018, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
2005 Kyiv Palace of Sports Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko
2017 International Exhibition Centre Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko

Other awards

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Press Award

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2007 "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай) Verka Serduchka 2nd 235 Helsinki

Artistic Award

Voted by previous winners

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2004 Ruslana "Wild Dances" 1st 280 Istanbul
2008 Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" 2nd 230 Belgrade

Voted by commentators

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2016 Jamala "1944" 1st 534 Stockholm

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Television commentator Dual Television commentator STB commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
2003Pavlo Shylko[4]No Dual Television CommentatorNo broadcastNo broadcastLyudmyla Hariv
2004Rodion Pryntsevsky[5]Pavlo Shylko
2005Yaroslav Chornenkyi[6][7]Galyna Babiy[8]Maria Orlova
2006Pavlo ShylkoNo broadcastIgor Posypaiko
2007Timur MiroshnychenkoKateryna Osadcha
2008Marysya Horobets
2010Iryna Zhuravska
2011Tetyana TerekhovaOlena ZelinchenkoRuslana
2012Oleksiy Matias
2014Zlata Ognevich
2015No broadcastUkraine did not participate
2016Olena ZelinchenkoVerka Serduchka
2017Andrii HorodyskyiZlata Ognevich
2018Timur MiroshnychenkoMariya Yaremchuk (1st semifinal)
Alyosha (2nd semifinal)
Jamala (Grand Final)
Serhiy PrytulaNata Zhyzhchenko

See also

Notes and references


  1. 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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