Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationUA:PBC
Former members
  • 2003–2014: NTU
National selection events
Internal selection
  • 2003–2004
  • 2008 (artist)
  • 2021
National final
  • 2005–2007
  • 2008 (song)
  • 2009–2014
  • Vidbir
  • 2016–2020
  • 2022
Participation summary
Appearances17 (17 finals)
Host2005, 2017
First appearance2003
Highest placement1st: 2004, 2016, 2022
External links
Official website
Ukraine's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times since making its debut in 2003. Ukraine has won the contest three times: in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana, in 2016 with "1944" by Jamala, and in 2022 with "Stefania" by Kalush Orchestra, thus becoming the first country in the 21st century and the first Eastern European country to win the contest three times. Ukraine hosted the 2005 and 2017 contests in Kyiv.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is the only country outside of the "Big Five" to have qualified for the final of every contest they have competed in, and has been placed outside the top-ten only six times.[1] Ukraine has a total of eight top-five placements, with Verka Serduchka (2007) and Ani Lorak (2008) both finishing second, Zlata Ognevich third (2013), Mika Newton fourth (2011) and Go_A fifth (2021), in addition to their wins. The only countries with more top-five results in the 21st century are Sweden (13) and Russia (10).


Ukraine made its debut in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov finished in 14th place with the song "Hasta la vista".

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. Later in the year, she supported the Orange Revolution and became an MP for one year as part of the new president's alliance.

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, Ukraine was pre-qualified for the final as hosts, however they achieved their worst result to date – 24th place with 36 points.

Ukraine was absent twice from the contest, in 2015 and 2019, for reasons related to the ongoing conflict with Russia:

  • Ukrainian broadcaster NTU sat out the 2015 contest because of financial difficulties in relation to the war in Donbas.[2] However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part.[3] NTU pledged to bring Ukraine back to the contest for 2016, which was finalized and announced on 16 September 2015.[4]
  • Vidbir, the Ukrainian national selection for the 2019 contest, was won by Maruv with "Siren Song". However, the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC required any potential representative in the contest to sign a contract which would forbid them from performing in Russia. The winner Maruv, as well as runners-up Freedom Jazz, Kazka and Brunettes Shoot Blondes, all refused to sign the contract, leading to Ukraine's withdrawal from the contest on 27 February.[5]

In 2020, Go_A won the national selection Vidbir and was set to represent Ukraine with the song "Solovey", before the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were instead internally selected to represent the country the following year with the song "Shum", with which they finished in fifth place. After the contest, "Shum" entered the Billboard Global 200 on the week of 5 June, at position 158, becoming the first ever Ukrainian-language song to chart there.[6] Ukraine won the contest for a third time in 2022, with the song "Stefania" performed by Kalush Orchestra. "Stefania" later went on to surpass the peak of "Shum" on the Billboard Global 200, charting at position 85.[7] Following this victory, Ukraine was initially given the opportunity to host the 2023 contest, however, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) later decided that the country would not be able to host due to security concerns caused by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, making Ukraine the first country since Israel in 1979 to win the contest but not host it the following year.[8]

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is the only country to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in (they were absent from the 2015 and 2019 contests).[note 1] Ukraine has a total of 11 top-ten placements (among those are eight top-five placements). Ukraine's participation and success in the contest has been acknowledged as a factor in the country's growing soft power and international image.[9]

Participation overview[edit]

The following lists Ukraine's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest along with their result.[10]

Table key
Second place
Third place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
Oleksandr Ponomariov "Hasta la vista" English[a] 14 30 No semi-finals
Ruslana "Wild Dances" English, Ukrainian 1 280 2 256
GreenJolly "Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато) Ukrainian, English[b] 19 30 Host country[c]
Tina Karol "Show Me Your Love" English 7 145 7 146
Verka Serduchka "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" English, German, Surzhyk 2 235 Top 10 previous year[d]
Ani Lorak "Shady Lady" English 2 230 1 152
Svetlana Loboda "Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl)" English 12 76 6 80
Alyosha "Sweet People" English 10 108 7 77
Mika Newton "Angel" English 4 159 6 81
Gaitana "Be My Guest" English 15[e] 65 8 64
Zlata Ognevich "Gravity" English 3 214 3 140
Mariya Yaremchuk "Tick-Tock" English 6 113 5 118
Jamala "1944" English, Crimean Tatar 1 534 2 287
O.Torvald "Time" English 24 36 Host country[c]
Mélovin "Under the Ladder" English 17 130 6 179
Go_A "Solovey" (Соловей) Ukrainian Contest cancelled[f] X
Go_A "Shum" (Шум) Ukrainian 5 364 2 267
Kalush Orchestra "Stefania" (Стефанія) Ukrainian 1 631 1 337
Confirmed intention to participate [11]

Songs by language[edit]

  English (65.22%)
  Ukrainian (21.74%)
  German (4.35%)
  Surzhyk (4.35%)
  Crimean Tatar (4.35%)
Songs Language Years
15 English 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
5 Ukrainian 2004, 2005, 2020, 2021, 2022
1 German 2007
Surzhyk 2007
Crimean Tatar 2016

Singers by place of origin[edit]

Map of the places of origin of Ukraine's lead representative singers at the Eurovision Song Contest (2003-2022)

Selection process[edit]

Year Selection process Channel
2003 Internal selection NTU
2005 National final with 19 participants
2006 National final with 3 participants
2007 National final with 7 participants
2008 Internal selection for 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
Year Selection process Channel
2016 Vidbir with 18 participants UA:PBC
2017 Vidbir with 24 participants
2018 Vidbir with 18 participants
2019 Vidbir with 16 participants
2021 Internal selection UA:PBC
2022 Vidbir with 8 participants


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


Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Year Category Song Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2004 Artistic Award[j] "Wild Dances" Ruslana 1 280 Turkey Istanbul
2007 Press Award "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" Verka Serduchka 2 235 Finland Helsinki
2008 Artistic Award[j] "Shady Lady" Ani Lorak 2 230 Serbia Belgrade
2016 Artistic Award[k] "1944" Jamala 1 534 Sweden Stockholm

Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2007 Verka Serduchka Finland Helsinki

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
20072016 Victoria Romanova
20172022 Oksana Skybinska

Jury members[edit]

A five-member jury panel consisting of music industry professionals is made up for every participating country for the semi-finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, ranking all entries except for their own country's contribution. The juries' votes constitute 50% of the overall result alongside televoting.[18]

Year 1st member 2nd member 3rd member 4th member 5th member Ref.
Roman Nedzelskiy Oleksandr Ponomaryov Irena Zagorodnyuk Iryna Rozental Oleksandr Zlotnyk
Oleksandr Zlotnyk Kateryna Komar Kostiantyn Mishukov Alla Popova Olena Valovyk
Oleksandr Ksenofontov Maria Burmaka Valentin Koval Valeria Chachibaya Andre France
Yurii Rybchynsky Illaria Serhiy Grachov Yana Pryadko Serhiy Gagarin
Vitaliy Klimov Denys Zhupnyk Arthur Danielyan Alla Moskovka Khrystyna Soloviy
Oleksandr Ponomaryov Illaria Igor Kondratiuk Alla Moskovka Alyona Alyona
Andriy Yatskiv Andriy Kapral Iryna Fedyshyn Lukian Halkin Vadim Lysycia

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year NTU/UA:PBC commentator STB commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson Ref.
2002 Pavlo Shylko, Mariya Orlova No broadcast No broadcast Did not participate
2003 Pavlo Shylko, Dmytro Kryzhanivskyi Lyudmyla Hariv
2004 Rodion Pryntsevskyi Pavlo Shylko
2005 Yaroslav Chornenkyi Galyna Babiy Mariya Orlova
2006 Pavlo Shylko No broadcast Igor Posypaiko
2007 Timur Miroshnychenko Kateryna Osadcha
2008 Marysya Horobets
2010 Iryna Zhuravska
2011 Timur Miroshnychenko, Tetiana Terekhova Olena Zelinchenko Ruslana
2012 Oleksiy Matias
2014 Zlata Ognevich
2015 No broadcast Did not participate
2016 Olena Zelinchenko Verka Serduchka
2017 Tetiana Terekhova, Andrii Horodyskyi Zlata Ognevich
2018 Timur Miroshnychenko (all shows)
Mariya Yaremchuk (semi-final 1)
Alyosha (semi-final 2)
Jamala (final)
Serhiy Prytula Nata Zhyzhchenko
2019 Timur Miroshnychenko No broadcast Did not participate
2021 Olena Zelinchenko (UR1)
Anna Zakletska, Dmytro Zakharchenko (Radio Promin)
2022 No broadcast Timur Miroshnychenko (semi-finals)[l]
Anna Zakletska, Dmytro Zakharchenko (final)
Kateryna Pavlenko [33][32][34]


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ No country has always participated in the final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004. Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, skipped the contest in 2015 and 2019. Additionally, the 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are also not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final.
  1. ^ The song also contained words in Spanish.
  2. ^ The song also contained phrases in Polish, German, Spanish, Czech, French and Russian.
  3. ^ a b Host country did not have to compete in the semi-finals.
  4. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
  5. ^ In 2012, Cyprus and Ukraine tied with 65 points each in the final. Due to the implementation of the "count-back" tie-breaker rule, Ukraine finished 15th, ahead of Cyprus, because Ukraine received points from more countries in the final than Cyprus.
  6. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  7. ^ City where she grew up, from the age of 6. Born in Orotukan, Russia.
  8. ^ City where she grew up, until she moved to Kyiv at 18. Born in Murmansk, Russia.
  9. ^ City where her family settled anew in the late 1980s. Born in Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
  10. ^ a b Voted by previous winners.
  11. ^ Voted by commentators.
  12. ^ Semi-finals on Radio Promin were broadcast with the TV commentary by Miroshnychenko while radio presenters Oleksandra Franko and Yevhen Pavliukovskyi provided studio discussions during TV commercial breaks.[32]


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