Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

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For Ukraine's most recent participation, see Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Member station Natsionalna Telekompaniya Ukrainy (NTU)
National selection events
Appearances 12 (12 finals)
First appearance 2003
Last appearance 2014
Best result 1st: 2004
Worst result 19th: 2005
External links
NTU page
Ukraine's page at

Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times, debuting in 2003 with a 14th place finish for Oleksandr Ponomaryov, before winning at their second attempt when Ruslana won the 2004 contest with "Wild Dances". The Ukrainian capital, Kiev was the host in 2005. Ukraine has also twice finished second in the contest, with Verka Serduchka in 2007 and Ani Lorak in 2008 and finished third in 2013 with Zlata Ognevich. Ukraine has finished in the top ten a total of eight times (2004–2014).

Ukraine has never been eliminated in the semi-final between 2004 and 2014 and has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.

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 will broadcast the contest despite not taking part. On the 23rd May 2015, Ukrainian Broadcaster NTU pledged to bring Ukraine back to the contest for 2016.


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2003 Olexandr English "Hasta la Vista" 14 30 No semi-finals
2004 Ruslana English, Ukrainian "Wild Dances" 1 280 2 256
2005 GreenJolly English, Ukrainian "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 Ukrainian, Russian, 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 compete
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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2014, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
2005 Kiev Palace of Sports Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Further information: 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

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Television commentator Dual Television commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
2003 Pavlo Shylko[2] No Dual Television Commentator No broadcast Lyudmyla Hariv
2004 Rodion Pryntsevsky[3] Pavlo Shylko
2005 Yaroslav Chornenkyi[4][5] Galyna Babiy[6] Maria Orlova
2006 Pavlo Shylko No broadcast Igor Posypaiko
2007 Timur Miroshnychenko Kateryna Osadcha
2008 Marysya Horobets
2010 Iryna Zhuravska
2011 Tetiana Terekhova Olena Zelinchenko Ruslana
2012 Oleksiy Matias
2014 Zlata Ognevich
2015 No broadcast Ukraine did not participate


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