Ukraine has spoken – Tvorchi will represent the country at Eurovision 2023.
The pop duo were chosen as Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest entry for next year in the country’s annual competition, Vidbir, which overnight was broadcast live from a bomb shelter in war-torn Kyiv.
Tvorchi band member Andrew Hutsuliak said of their selection, “We will try to do everything to present Ukraine with dignity.”
Watch the video above.
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The band’s song Heart of Steel is the first song to be confirmed for next year’s competition in Liverpool.
Although Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra did win Eurovision 2022, the global competition will be held in the United Kingdom due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, sparked after Russia invaded the nation on February 24.
Vidbir this year was hosted in a Kyiv bomb shelter, which originally was an underground train station that was also transformed into a television studio for Saturday’s broadcast.
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During Tvorchi’s winning performance, dancers on stage wore gas masks as nuclear warning signs appeared on screens behind the singers.
“Don’t be scared to say just what you think,” lyrics from Heart of Steel say.
“I just want to say thank you Ukraine,” Jeffery Kenny, Tvorchi’s vocalist, told viewers who were watching the online stream.
“We didn’t think we’d win but we want to say thank you to everyone who supported us, who listens to our music and who are fighting on the front line,” Hutsuliak added.
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Tvorchi won from an entry pool of almost 400 songs from 299 participants, all who were hoping to make it to the final 10 acts that performed in Saturday’s selection show, Vidbir.
”We did everything possible to hold this Vidbir in full swing, and once again unite Ukrainians around this important choice for the biggest music stage in Europe,” Ukraine’s head of delegation at Eurovision Oksana Skybinska told BBC News before the competition.
“The decision to go underground was the first one taken. It made us feel sure that the show itself could go on uninterrupted because no matter if we have air raid alerts the work could continue.”
Trains passing by overhead could be heard during certain parts of the show, but otherwise, it was a program like any other.
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