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🇺🇦 Blast from the past: Ukraine 2020

We know a lot about Eurovision and we want to share this knowledge with you! Therefore we’d like to bring you a blast from the past. Today: Go_A, who were supposed to represent Ukraine in the 2020 contest but did so a year later. We keep an eye on the, lesser known, 2020 entry.   Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest Ukraine is one of the most succesful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest so far. With three victories since it’s debut in 2003, three more top-3 positions and not a single failure to qualify, this country holds a special record. Already in 2004, it was Ruslana who managed to get the first place in the contest. In 2016, Jamala brought the victory home again. It was in 2022 when Kalush Orchestra broke all the Eurovision records existing. And who does not remember Verka Serduchka, Ani Lorak, Svetlana Loboda and the group we are talking about today, Go_A? photo: UA:PBS Vidbir The Ukrainian national final is called Vidbir. There had been a lot of controversy about Vidbir in 2019: the winner, Maruv, had performed on Crimea after it had been occupied by Russia in 2014. Also, Maruv had planned several performances in Russia. In the end, for this reason Ukraine withdrew. A new rule in the 2020 is that only artists who had not performed in Russia after 2014 were allowed. Also, artists who had traveled to Crimea after that year without permission from the Ukrainian authorities, were not accepted. 16 songs entered two semifinals. Six songs were allowed to the final, where televoters and a jury chose the winner. The jury members were Andriy Danilko (Verka Serduchka!), Tina Karol and producer Vitaliy Drozdov. These were the songs, entering the final: “99“, sung by Krutь, 9 pts, 3rd “Vegan“, sung by Jerry Heil, 2 pts, 6th “Solovey“, sung by Go_A, 12 pts, 1st “Horizon“, sung by David Axelrod, 5 pts, 5th “Call for love“, sung by Khayat, 9 pts, 2nd “Bonfire“, sung by Tvorchi, 5 pts, 4th   Go_A Go_A is a Ukrainian folktronica band formed in 2012. The band’s name fuses the English term “Go” with the Greek letter “Alpha”, representing the start of all things. Thus, their name signifies a “return to origins.” The ensemble features Kateryna Pavlenko on vocals from Nizhyn, Taras Shevchenko [uk] handling keyboards and percussion from Kyiv, Ihor Didenchuk [uk] of Lutsk (who is also part of the rap group Kalush), and Ivan Hryhoriak from Bukovyna. Their songs are performed solely in Ukrainian. Formed from a serendipitous 2012 meeting between Taras Shevchenko, a skilled keyboardist (unrelated to the renowned poet), and folk singer Kateryna Pavlenko, Go_A has swiftly become an emblem of contemporary Ukrainian music. Their initial offering, “Koliada” (Коляда), was soon overshadowed by the nationwide success of “Vesnianka” (Веснянка). This track ruled Ukraine’s 10Dance chart for six weeks and earned them the “Discovery of the Year” title by Kiss FM radio. Their debut album, “Idy na zvuk” (Follow the Tune), launched in 2016, fortified their reputation, incorporating the hit “Vesnjanka”. A special Christmas collaboration with Katya Chilly, “Shchedryi vechir”, marked the end of the year. Eurovision 2020 beckoned next. Chosen to represent Ukraine with “Solovey”, the pandemic’s shadow caused a cancellation. Undeterred, Go_A returned in 2021 with “Shum”, clinching fifth place overall, but a noteworthy second in public votes[9]. Adding to their laurels, band member Ihor Didenchuk, with rap group Kalush, triumphed in Eurovision the next year. In 2023, post their European tour, Go_A graced Eurovision again, performing “Shum” alongside Ukrainian musical legends during the flag parade. They further joined Duncan Laurence’s emotive “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. From traditional roots to global acclaim, Go_A epitomizes the spirit of modern Ukraine, harmonizing history with today. photo: EBU Solovey “Solovey” is the song by the Ukrainian band Go_A. Selected as Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, the track became synonymous with Go_A’s unique fusion of electronic music with traditional Ukrainian sound. The title “Solovey” translates to “Nightingale” in English, and lyrically, the song tells the tale of a young woman’s complex feelings towards a man, using the metaphor of the nightingale’s song to express deep emotions. Musically, “Solovey” incorporates the band’s signature blend of powerful vocal techniques, inspired by Ukrainian folklore, with contemporary beats and rhythms. Kateryna Pavlenko’s voice, with its distinctive timbre, rings out clear and strong, capturing the listener’s attention from the outset. COVID19 Due to the COVID19 pandemic, EBU, host organizers NOS/NPO/AVROTROS and the city of Rotterdam had to decide to a cancellation of the contest. That also meant that Go_A could not represent Ukraine in the 2020 contest. On the evening of the Grand Final, 16 May 2020, a show from a studio in Hilversum, Netherlands, was broadcast: Europe Shine A Light. Go_A was part of this show. Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC however supported Go_A to be the 2021 representants in the contest. Their song “Shum” reached a 5th place in the Eurovision Song Contest. Go_A at a home session during the pandemic.

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Italian organization surprises again

The Eurovision Song Contest has been going on for almost a whole week now. We have started with the dress rehearsals of the final. But the Italian organization continues to surprise. Presenter Laura Pausini was not present at the start of the rehearsals. Her colleague Alessandro Cattelan told the press that the singer and presenter is doing well, but she had to take some rest. Mika was present, but left before the rehearsal had really started. Someone from the production had to replace him. It has never happened in recent years that one of the presenters did not rehearse. Most notable was one of Petra Mede’s rehearsals. She hosted the festival in 2013. She appeared on stage with curlers in her hair. And believe it or not, the participant from Sweden struggled with technical problems again. Cornelia Jakobs started singing “Hold me closer”, the music started, but the sound cut out again. That makes the singer the unluckiest person of this year towards the end: for her so far no rehearsal has gone without problems. source: nu.nl

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Road to Rotterdam: Switzerland

The Swiss contestant Gjon’s Tears is actually called Gjon Muharremaj. He is a Kosovar Albanian, but born in Friborg, Switzerland. When he was 12 he took part in Albanians Got Talent, a year later in the show’s Swiss sister. In 2019 he participated in The Voice. Gjon’s Tears would participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 with “Répondez-moi”. The Swiss broadcaster again chose Gjon’s Tears in 2021. Dutchman Wouter Hardy, jointly responsible for “Arcade” in 2019, co-wrote the song “Tout l’Univers”.

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Road to Rotterdam: Latvia

Samanta Tīna had already taken part in the Latvian preselections five times, and she tried once in Lithuania. In 2020, her persistence finally seemed to be rewarded. We all know how that turned out. Anyone who sees the video of “I’m still breathing” will be amazed: with background singers with splash screens, Samanta seemed to know what was going to happen in the near future.Unlike many other countries, Latvia did not have a national final for 2021 and gave Samanta Tīna carte blanche to submit a song. That will be “The moon is rising”.

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Road to Rotterdam: Bulgaria

When the Eurovision song contest was canceled last year, Bulgaria was number 1 at the bookmakers. Victoria Georgieva seemed to be heading for the first Bulgarian victory with “Tears getting sober”. It was not going to happen, but the Bulgarians were of course happy to work with this former X-Factor participant for another year. The audience was allowed to choose one out of five songs. It became this “Growing up is getting old”. photo credits: © Lora Musheva

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Road to Rotterdam: Israel

Eden Alene won the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel last year. The Ethiopian-Israeli singer would then sing “Feker libi”, a song with a title in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia. When it became known that the Eurovision song contest was canceled, she was told about it live on television. She burst into tears.The Israeli broadcaster again chose Eden Alene for this year. “Set me free” was chosen from several songs. photo: Itay Bezaleli

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Road to Rotterdam: Australia

Montaigne’s real name is Jessica Cerro. She started singing 9 years ago, but she had to finish school first. After several 45″singles she released her debut album in 2016. Three years later a second album came and in 2020 she was chosen to represent Australia in the Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately, as we know, this was canceled. The Australian broadcaster quickly expressed confidence in Montaigne, which is why she will be singing the song “Technicolor” this year.

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Elisa

About Quick Facts NameElisa Silva Born07 May 1999 Nationality???????? Portuguese National SelectionFestival da Canção 2020 In Eurovision2020 Rotterdam (canceled) SongMedo de sentir (2020, canceled) Biography Elisa is a Portuguese singer from Madeira. She participated in Musicaeb initiatives aimed at children in Madeira. In 2008 she participated in the Children’s Song Festival Pequenos Sóis with the song  “O Sol ea Cloud”. A year later she won Pequenos Sóis with the song “Voa Borboleta, Voa”. In 2010, she participated in the 29th Madeira Children’s Song Festival. She was also the winner of the Regional Talent Festival held in 2013, in the city of Câmara de Lobos, with the song “On My Own”.In 2020, Elisa was chosen to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Medo de sentir”. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen due to the cancellation of the contest. After “Medo de sentir”, Elisa released four singles. All of them can be found on her debut album “No meu canto”, which was released in November 2021. Entries Medo de sentir Country???????? Portugal Year2020 LanguagePortuguese LyricsMarta Carvalho MusicMarta Carvalho Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/eIZ48w4epng

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Aksel

About Quick Facts NameAksel Kankaanranta Born28 January 1998 Nationality???????? Finnish National SelectionUuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2020 In Eurovision2020 Rotterdam (canceled) SongLooking back (2020, canceled) Biography Aksel Kankaanranta is a Finnish singer and musician. His interest in music started as a child playing the violin. However, Aksel realized his talent as a singer when playing bass on Zen Café was really beautiful.  In 2017, Aksel participated in the Voice of Finland because his mother and sister encouraged him to apply. The only purpose was to test how far the hoops were. Aksel ended up in second place.  In 2019 Aksel won an award at the Emma gala for most streamed song. In 2020, he was chosen to represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Looking back”. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen due to the corona crisis. In the summer of 2020, Kankaanranta got a record deal with Etenee Records, owned by Warner Music.In  2021, he was one of the seven finalists in the Finnish national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, Uuden Musiikin Kilpilailu 2021. with the song “Hurt.” The song finished fifth in the competition. Entries Looking back Country???????? Finland Year2020 LanguageEnglish LyricsJoonas AngeriaWithney PhillipsConnor McDonoughRiley McDonoughToby McDonough MusicJoonas AngeriaWithney PhillipsConnor McDonoughRiley McDonoughToby McDonough Backings– Results Semi Points: –Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/EgONBKFQpxE

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Ben & Tan

About Quick Facts MembersBenjamin RosenbohmTanne Amanda Balcells Founded2020 Nationality???????? Danish National SelectionDansk Melodi Grand Prix 2020 In Eurovision2020 Rotterdam (canceled) SongYes (2020, canceled) Biography Ben & Tan is a Danish duo, existing of Benjamin Tsimalona Rosenbohm  (3 june 2002) from Hellerup and Tanne Amanda Balcells (22) from Frederiksberg. Both Benjamin and Tanne participated in ‘X Factor’ 2019. Tanne as part of Oh Land’s composite girl band Echo, reaching the semi-finals, and Benjamin a very popular number 2, among others. has done jobs all over the country as well as in London.Ben & Tan were chosen to represent Denmark in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, due to the corona crisis. After the Eurovision Song Contest, Ben & Tan released 3 more singles: “Summer nights” and “Hallelujah (Christmas on my lips)” in 2020, in March 2021 “Iron heart” was released. Entries Yes Country???????? Denmark Year2020 LanguageEnglish LyricsEmil Ander LeiJimmy JanssonLinnea Deb MusicEmil Ander LeiJimmy JanssonLinnea Deb Backings– Results Semi Points: – Position: –Running order: – Results Finals Points: –Position: –Running order: – https://youtu.be/XQ5tMhQIp1E

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