Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005

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Eurovision Song Contest 2005
Country  Ukraine
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) 27 February 2005
Selected entrant Greenjolly
Selected song "Razom nas bahato"
Finals performance
Final result 19th, 30 points
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2004 2005 2006►

Ukraine was represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 by GreenJolly with the song "Razom nas bahato".

The members of GreenJolly are Roman Kostyuk, Roman Kalyn, and Andriy Pisetskyi. The band was created in 1997 and frequently played in Ivano-Frankivsk and other Ukrainian cities and took part in various festivals. In 1998 they came second at "The Future of Ukraine' festival and second prize at 'The Melody' festival. In 1999 they won another second prize at ‘The Pearls of a Season’ festival. Roman Kostyuk works as a sound producer on Zakhidnyi Polyus radio station and Roman Kalyn is an announcer at the local television channel Tretya Studia, where he hosts two shows.

National final[edit]

For the first time ever Ukraine held a national final. 527 songs were received by NTU. A jury narrowed this down to 75. Five songs were shown each week from November 1, 2004 on and viewers picked the best one each week for fifteen weeks. The fifteen winners went forward to a public national final on February 27] 2005, although singers of entries that had been published prior to November 2004, including the heavy favourite Ani Lorak, were asked to submit a new song for the final. In addition, four wildcards were added to the line-up for the final and one of these, the hip-hop entry "Razom nas bahato" (Together We Are Many) by the band GreenJolly, was controversially voted the winner, beating Ani Lorak into second place. The controversial decision to add the entrants into the final was initiated by Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister on Humanitarian Policy Mykola Tomenko. While he tried to justify his decision in the contest aftermath arguing that it needed to reflect the dramatic changes in the society due to the recent Orange Revolution, the perceived government intervention into a musical contest attracted much criticism. Indeed, for many weeks the song, which almost certainly owes its victory to its familiarity as an unofficial anthem of the Orange Revolution, appeared to be in danger of falling foul of two criteria for eligibility as an entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Firstly, it was openly derivative of an older revolutionary song, and therefore was arguably not an original composition, and secondly, the lyrics could be classed as political propaganda, especially since they mentioned President Viktor Yushchenko by name. However, after substantial revisions were made, the song was deemed a legitimate entry by the EBU. The song is written by Oleg Lanjak and composed by Roman Kalin.

Song Singer Points Place
1 "Vidlitay" Stand.Up 139 8th
2 "My angel" NeDilya 54 13th
3 "Ottay" Tayana 19 17th
4 "Ne spy moja ridna zemlja" Mandry 142 7th
5 "Nochnoy gorod" Ex-Presidenti 41 14th
6 "Patriot" Yurcash 342 3rd
7 "Pozavchora Tiana Ravi 19 17th
8 "Chas Pryjshov" De Shifer 341 4th
9 "Zaberi menya" Foxy 23 15th
10 "Svit za viknom" Viktor Pavlik 60 12th
11 "Paperoviy choven" Gavrilas 15 19th
12 "Nashe lito" Tartak 342 5th
13 "Znaky pitannya" Daleko 110 9th
14 "A Little Shot of Love" Ani Lorak 1952 2nd
15 "Lovy mene" Talita Kum 105 10th
16 "Veter" Lourdes 23 15th
17 "Freedom" Volya 62 11th
18 "Zemlya rodnaya" Tartak 342 5th
19 "Razom nas bahato" Greenjolly 2247 1st

At Eurovision[edit]

Ukraine performed 16th in the night, following Macedonia and preceding Germany. "Razom nas bahato" scored only 30 points (including maximal 12 points from Poland), placing 20th. The Ukrainian 12 points are awarded to Moldova. The spokesperson who revealed Ukraine's votes for other countries was NTU and national final host Maria Orlova.

Points Awarded to Ukraine (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point