Tvorchi wins Vidbir in Ukraine – To Eurovision 2023 with "Heart of Steel"

The first song for Eurovision 2023 has been selected: Tvorchi has won Vidbir, and will represent Ukraine in Liverpool next year with their song "Heart of Steel"

Tonight, the very first song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 was selected. Ukraine held its annual contest, Vidbir, to select their Eurovision representative.

Due to Russia's war, Vidbir was held in a bomb shelter at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in Kyiv, with 10 songs competing.

After the 10 performances it was time for the jury and the Ukrainian public to vote on the song to be sent to Eurovision 2023: Tvorchi will represent the country on stage in Liverpool with the song "Heart of Steel."

Tvorchi – "Heart of Steel"

Vidbir 2023


Electronic duo Tvorchi was founded in 2018 by Andrew Hutsuliak and vocalist Jeffery Augustus Kenny. They had participated previously in Vidbir in 2020 with their song "Bonfire," finishing fourth.

Vidbir 2023

Despite the ongoing war, Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC managed to stage the national selection, Vidbir, again this year. The show took place in a bomb shelter at the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in Kyiv.

The winner was decided by televoting (50%) and a professional jury (50%). That jury consisted of Jamala, Taras Topolya and Yulia Sanina. Yulia is part of the band "The Hardkiss," which placed second in Vidbir in 2016.

The show was hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko (host of Eurovision 2017), former Eurovision participants Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine 2013) and Kateryna Pavlenko. It was broadcasted on Ukrainian media Pershyi and Suspilne Kultura, as well as online on both Facebook and YouTube.

Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

Ukraine is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ukraine 2016: Jamala - "1944"

Out of 17 appearances, Ukraine has:

About the author: Claire Schulte-Wieschen (Germany)

authorClaire is our correspondent in Germany. She watched her first Eurovision as an eight-year-old in 2002 and since then has also started to watch a lot of the national finals. She also wrote her Master thesis about Australian National Identity at Eurovision. It's hard to name just one favourite song, but she would go with Shum by Go_A from 2021.

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