Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationSuspilne
Former members
  • 2003–2014: NTU
National selection events
Internal selection
  • 2003–2004
  • 2021
National final
  • 2005–2014
  • Vidbir
  • 2016–2018
  • 2020
Participation summary
Appearances16 (16 finals)
First appearance2003
Best result1st: 2004, 2016
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 2021

Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 16 times since making its debut in 2003. Ukraine has won the contest twice: in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana, and in 2016 with the song "1944" by Jamala, thus becoming the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice. Ukraine hosted the 2005 and 2017 contests in Kyiv.

Only Ukraine has a 100% semi-final qualification rate in Eurovision following Australia’s non-qualification in the 2021 contest.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is the only country outside the Big 5 to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in.[1] Ukraine has a total of seven 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). The only countries with more top five results in the 21st century are Sweden (11) and Russia (10).


Ukraine made its debut in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov 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.[2] However, Ukraine broadcast the contest despite not taking part.[3] 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.[4]

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.

In 2019, similarly to previous years, UA:PBC delegated national selection of its Eurovision entry to a private broadcaster STB. Juries and public vote determined Maruv's Siren Song as a winner. In the following days, UA:PBC failed to reach a deal with Maruv due to disagreements on conditions of her taking part in the Ukrainian delegation. UA:PBC then offered the Eurovision ticket to the runner-ups in the national selection, Freedom Jazz, Kazka and Brunettes Shoot Blondes who all refused. As a result, UA:PBC withdrew from the 2019 contest on 27 February 2019.

In 2020, Go_A won the national selection and was set to represent Ukraine with the song "Solovey", however the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They instead being internally selected to represent the country in the following year with the song Shum, which they finished 5th in the grand final, achieved their first top 5 result since their victory in 2016. Go_A were the runner-ups of the public vote, behind eventual winner Italy, with 267 points, including a maximum of 12 points from five countries. The Eurovision version of the song took the lead in the global Spotify Viral 50 daily list on 24 May 2021, where it stayed until 1 June, and led the weekly list on the week of 27 May.[5] It 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]

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 ten top ten placements (seven top five). The country has an average score of 172 points per contest, 298 if including the semi-finals. Ukraine's participation and success in the contest has been acknowledged as improving the country's soft power and international image.[7]


The following lists Ukraine's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest along with their result.[8]

Table key
Second place
Third place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Title 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" German, English, Ukrainian, Russian 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

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 - 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 Suspilne
2017 Vidbir with 24 participants
2018 Vidbir with 18 participants
2019 Vidbir with 16 participants
2021 Internal selection


Year Location Venue Presenters
2005 Kyiv Palace of Sports Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko
2017 Kyiv 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[g] "Wild Dances" Ruslana 1 280 Turkey Istanbul
2007 Press Award "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Данцінґ Лаша Тумбай) Verka Serduchka 2 235 Finland Helsinki
2008 Artistic Award[g] "Shady Lady" Ani Lorak 2 230 Serbia Belgrade
2016 Artistic Award[h] "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
20172021 Oksana Skibinska

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.[15]

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

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year NTU/Suspilne 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)
Tayanna [27][28]


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 United Kingdom) are also not counted in this list since they receive automatic qualification to the final.
  1. ^ Contains a few words in Spanish
  2. ^ The song also contained phrases in Czech, French, German, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
  3. ^ a b If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  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. ^ a b Voted by previous winners.
  8. ^ Voted by commentators.


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