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Vidbir 2022: Grand Final Preview ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Tonight Ukraine chooses their successor to Eurovision 2021 televote runners-up and viral sensation Go_A, a daunting task indeed, but with 8 emerging artists up for the challenge, an exciting (and likely long…) evening awaits. Let’s recap on the competing acts, in the final running order for the show.

Cloudless – “All Be Alright”

The task of opening tonight’s final goes to Cloudless, no strangers to Vidbir as they previously competed back in 2020 with “Drown Me Down” which failed to qualify to the final, they don’t have to worry about that this time, as they were handpicked to compete in the grand final with “All Be Alright” – a song with an empowering feeling that still maintains a dark and mysterious edge, this will surely have its fans but will it be enough to go all the way?

Michael Soul – “Demons”

No stranger to Eurovision fans Michael Soul has previously attempted to represent his home country of Belarus in their former selection show Nationalny Otbor, In 2016 he competed as part of the duo The EM with “Turn Around” placing seventh and again in 2019 he competed with his solo effort “Humanize” which placed fourth. Now based in Ukraine, Michael is making his debut appearance in Vidbir with “Demons” – a clear tale of mental struggle and hardship. This could be a moment live tonight, and a potential dark horse to do better than expected.

Our Atlantic – “Moya Lyubov”

Indie Pop group Our Atlantic formed in Uman and are now based in Kyiv. After seeing the translation of the lyrics of this entry the less that is said about it the better…

Barleben – “Hear My Words”

Barleben is a soul singer who earned his place in the finals of vidbir as a replacement for LAUD following his recent disqualification, Barleben started his solo career back in 2018 and will be using Vidbir as a launching pad to launch himself domestically. “Hear My Words” is about overcoming hate and finding love for ourselves and others.

Kalush Orcheastra – “Stefania”

Kalush Orchestra combines the traditional arrangements of folk and blends it with hip-hop, and the result is very special. “Stefania” is a tribute to leading member Oleh Psiuk’s mother. Also on board for the collaboration is multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk, who of course appeared at Eurovision 2021 with Go-A, and was an instrumental part in their success with “Shum”.

Roxolana – “Girlzzz”

Roxolana gained notoriety after her appearance as a contestant on the Ukrainian version of The Voice. Her uptempo effort “Girlzzz” is a sure fan favourite, combining modern pop influences with that traditional Ukrainian flare that we have all grown to love in the drop. This is definitely one to watch this evening and a choice that could do very well in May if selected.

Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy”

We know he has the X-Factor as last year he went as far as to reach the final of the competition, Wellboy has grown from strength to strength since his appearance with his track “ะ’ะธัˆะฝั–” sitting on nearly 9 million views on youtube. Will his success carry over to vidbir? “Nozzy Bossy” definitely has the potential to go all the way to Turin.

Alina Pash – “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”

Alina Pash is one of the most exciting artists on the rise in the Ukrainian music scene, and one that international fans were extremely excited by once her Vidbir participation was confirmed. Her entry “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” pays tribute to those who have paved the way before us, acknowledging their strength and power. Given recent events, this could be a very powerful moment this evening.

Tonight’s grand final will feature performances from Jamala, Tina Karol and Go_A. Junior Eurovision representatives from Ukraine will also take to the stage. You can watch all of the action here:

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