Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationNational Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances15 (15 finals)
First appearance2003
Last appearance2018
Best result1st: 2004, 2016
Worst result24th: 2017
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 2019

Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 15 times since making its debut in 2003. They first won the contest in 2004 with "Wild Dances" by Ruslana, and won again in 2016 with the song "1944" by Jamala, to become the first Eastern European country to win the contest twice. Ukraine hosted the 2005 and 2017 contests in Kiev.

As of 2019, only Ukraine and Australia have a 100% semifinal qualification rate in Eurovision

Since the introduction of the semifinal round in 2004, Ukraine and Australia are the only countries outside the Big 5 to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in (Ukraine were absent in 2015 and 2019 and Australia did not participate until 2015).[1] Ukraine has a total of six top five placements, with Verka Serduchka (2007) and Ani Lorak (2008) both finishing second, Zlata Ognevich third (2013), and Mika Newton fourth (2011); 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 Ponomaryov 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 runner-ups in the national selection, Freedom Jazz and Kazka, who both refused; as result, UA:PBC withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on 27th of February 2019.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Ukraine is one of only two countries to have qualified for the final of every Eurovision they have competed in (they were absent from the 2015 and 2019 contests); the other country is Australia, who first entered in 2015.[note 1] Ukraine has a total of nine top ten placements (six top five); the country has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.


The following lists Ukraine's entries for the Eurovision Song Contest along with their result.[5]

Table key
  Second place
  Third place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
2003 Oleksandr Ponomariov English "Hasta la Vista" 14 30 No semi-finals
2004 Ruslana English, Ukrainian "Wild Dances" 1 280 2 256
2005 GreenJolly Ukrainian, English "Razom nas bahato" (Разом нас багато) 19 30 Host country[a]
2006 Tina Karol English "Show Me Your Love" 7 145 7 146
2007 Verka Serduchka German, English "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" 2 235 Top 10 Previous Year[b]
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" 15[c] 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 participate
2016 Jamala English, Crimean Tatar "1944" 1 534 2 287
2017 O.Torvald English "Time" 24 36 Host country[a]
2018 Mélovin English "Under the Ladder" 17 130 6 179
2019 Withdrawn prior to the selection of an artist[d] Withdrawn

Act 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
Did not participate 2015
Vidbir UA:PBC & STB

Voting history[edit]

As of 2018, Ukraine's voting history is as follows:


Year Location Venue Presenters
2005 Kyiv Palace of Sports Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko
2017 International Exhibition Centre Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko

Other awards[edit]

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

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

Voted by commentators

Year Performer Song Final Result Points Host city
2016 Jamala "1944" 1st 534 Stockholm

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) NTU/UA:PBC commentator Dual NTU/UA:PBC commentator STB commentator Radio commentator Spokesperson
2003 Dmytro Kryzhanivskyi [7][8] Pavlo Shylko[9] No broadcast No broadcast Lyudmyla Hariv
2004 Rodion Pryntsevsky[10] No dual commentator Pavlo Shylko
2005 Yaroslav Chornenkyi[11][12] Galyna Babiy[13] Maria Orlova
2006 Pavlo Shylko No broadcast Igor Posypaiko
2007 Timur Miroshnychenko Kateryna Osadcha
2008 Marysya Horobets
2010 Iryna Zhuravska
2011 Tetyana Terekhova Olena Zelinchenko Ruslana
2012 Oleksiy Matias
2014 Zlata Ognevich
2015 No broadcast Ukraine did not participate
2016 Olena Zelinchenko Verka Serduchka
2017 Andrii Horodyskyi Zlata Ognevich
2018 Timur Miroshnychenko Mariya Yaremchuk (1st semifinal)
Alyosha (2nd semifinal)
Jamala (Grand Final)
Serhiy Prytula Nata Zhyzhchenko
2019[14] No dual commentator No broadcast Ukraine did not participate


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ No country has always participated in the final since the introduction of semifinals in 2004. Australia who qualified every year, made their debut in 2015, while Ukraine, despite having always reached the final, skipped the contest in 2015 and 2019; 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. ^ a b If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ The Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC, required the artist representing the country to sign a contract saying that they would not perform in Russia if they represented Ukraine in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Neither the winner of the national selection contest, the runner up, nor the second runner up, were willing to sign the contract, forcing Ukraine's withdrawal from the contest.


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