Ukraine 2013

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Ukraine participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Ukrainian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Ukrainian broadcaster National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU). Zlata Ognevich represented Ukraine with the song « Gravity« , which qualified from the first semi-final of the competition and placed 3rd in the final, scoring 214 points.[1][2]

Evrobachennya 2013

On 28 September 2012, NTU confirmed Ukraine’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 by formally launching their selection procedure and opening the submission period, from 1 October until 22 December, for interested artists and composers to submit their proposals.[3][4] A seven-member professional jury were to select 20 songs from the submissions to compete in a televised show on 16 February 2013.[3] However, several changes to the original schedule for the selection occurred. On 23 November, NTU announced that the national final would take place on 23 December, with a casting phase being held the day before to narrow down applicants to 20 competitors.[5] On 19 December, NTU changed the original submission deadline from 22 December to 21 December in order to schedule a dress rehearsal for the televised show.[6][7] In addition, the casting phase was also rescheduled to 21 December.[6][7]

On 21 December, a jury panel selected 20 finalists out of 52 applicants.[8]

Final

Evrobachennya 2013 took place on 23 December 2012 in Kiev, hosted by Timur Myroshnychenko, Tetyana Terekhova and Tetyana Goncharova.[1] 20 songs were originally set to compete with a jury (50%) and SMS (50%) vote deciding the winner.[1] Oksana Pekun & Maxim Novytskyj were drawn to perform first in the national final, however, immediately after their performance they announced their withdrawal from the competition live on stage.[1] Interval acts during the competition included Tetyana Vorzheva, Shanis, Matias, Pavel Sokolov and Oleg Vynnyk.[1]

Each member of the jury panel rated each entry from 1-10. After summing the jury totals, the entry that received the most points was awarded 20 points, while the entry that received the least would be awarded 1 point. If there were ties in the jury totals, all entries scoring the same amount of points in the jury totals would be awarded the same number of points. The public votes were awarded from 1 point to 20 points based on the amount of SMS votes each entry received.

After the jury and public votes were combined, Zlata Ognevich emerged as the winner with the song « Gravity« .[1]

The jury panel consisted of Egor Benkendorf, Walid Arfush, Olena Mozgova, Yurij Rybchunskyj and Olga Navrotska.[1]

Draw Artist Song Public Jury Total Place
Televote Points Jury Vote Points
1 Oksana Pekun & Maxim Novytskyj « Zeleniy Dubochok » 23
2 Mariya Yaremchuk « Imagine » 260 14 40 16 30 5
3 Marietta « Wonder » 87 5 26 9 14 15
4 Dmytro Yaremchuk « Mamo » 533 17 29 11 28 7
5 Inesh « Delayu Shag » 133 8 27 10 18 13
6 Zlata Ognevich « Gravity » 8,639 20 50 20 40 1
7 Duet Emotion « Saviour » 162 10 39 15 25 10
8 Gvozdivchanka « Naleteli Gusenyata » 208 11 29 11 22 12
9 RealIvanna « You Gave Me Everything » 247 13 36 14 27 8
10 Tetyana Shyrko « Feeling Like A Sir » 365 15 43 17 32 4
11 Triniti « Belym Po Belomu » 108 6 25 8 14 15
12 Ana Stesia « Dare To Change » 127 7 26 9 16 14
13 Alina Grosu « Let Go » 387 16 35 13 29 6
14 Dasha Medova « Don’t Want To Be Alone » 905 18 47 19 37 2
15 Olena Korneva « You’ll Be The Winner Forever » 240 12 35 13 25 10
16 Angelia « Love Is Life » 81 4 25 8 12 18
17 Eduard Romanyuta « Get Real With My Heart » 1,847 19 36 14 33 3
18 Matvij Vermijenko « Otkyvay Menya » 70 3 17 7 10 19
19 DiO.filmy « Medlyak » 141 9 44 18 27 8
20 Dmytro Skalozubov « Davno » 49 2 31 12 14 15

Juries

Song Egor
Benkendorf
Walid
Arfush
Yurij
Rybchunskyj
Olena
Mozgova
Olga
Navrotska
Total
Imagine 10 7 9 8 6 40
Wonder 7 6 7 6 2 26
Mamo 10 6 5 6 2 29
Delayu shag 10 4 5 6 2 27
Gravity 10 10 10 10 10 50
Saviour 10 7 8 7 7 39
Naletili gusenyata 7 7 5 5 5 29
You Gave Me Everything 9 7 7 7 6 36
Feeling Like a Sir 10 6 10 10 7 43
Belym po belomu 7 7 7 2 2 25
Dare To Change Your Life 7 5 7 4 3 26
Let Go 8 7 7 8 5 35
Don’t Wanna Be Alone 10 9 10 9 9 47
You’ll Be The Winner Forever 6 7 8 7 7 35
Love Is Life 6 1 7 6 5 25
Get Real With My Heart 10 7 7 7 5 36
Otkryvay menya 6 2 6 1 2 17
Medlyak 10 9 9 8 8 44
Davno 6 6 7 8 4 31

Preparation

The composer of « Gravity », Mikhail Nekrasov, revealed that the Ukrainian entry would be undergoing revisions before officially being handed over to the EBU.[9] On 27 January, Nekrasov opened a survey on the social network VK in order to gauge public opinion about possible changes including adding another refrain, increasing the tempo of the song (originally at 85BPM), possibly changing the backing vocalists and making modifications to the beginning and end of the song.[9] On 6 February, the survey had come to a close with the following decisions being taken under consideration by the producers:[9]

  • 69% of voters believe the beginning has to be more powerful.
  • 40% believe 85BPM is optimal, 24% advise an increase to 87-88BPM.
  • 60% believe a third refrain is required, 45% advise that the third refrain would need more development.
  • 41% believe the lyrics that the backing vocalists sing (« You’ll never, you’ll never break free from gravity ») are adequate, 40% advise that Ognevich should also sing these lines.
  • 86% believe the current backing vocalists should not be changed, 46% believe their vocals should be more simplified so they do not overshadow Ognevich.
  • 35% believe the ending is strong as it is, 25% advise that it should be performed higher and louder.

Nekrasov revealed that the song’s main focus would remain on the instrumental, but that certain modifications have already started to take form such as changes in the backing vocals and the addition of new sounds to the instrumental.[9]

In an interview with Novyi Kanal, Ognevich revealed that they have received over 300 ideas for the music video of the song from a competition they opened calling for fans to submit their concepts and that Angela Lisitsa would be responsible for designing the outfit for her Eurovision performance.[9]

On 11 March 2013, the final version of the song was released on YouTube along with the music video.[10]

At Eurovision

Zlata Ognevich at the first semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Ukraine was allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[11] In the first semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Ukraine would perform 7th, following Russia and preceding the Netherlands.[12] On stage, Ognevich was joined by Igor Vovkovinskiy, the tallest living person in the United States, who played the role of a fantasy giant.[13] In addition, four backing singers were also on stage: Ann Bailey, Holly Petrie, Cleveland Watkiss and Dasha Mineeva.[13]

Ukraine qualified from the first semi-final, placing 3rd and scoring 140 points.[14][15] At the first semi-final winners’ press conference, Ukraine was allocated to perform in the second half of the final.[16] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Ukraine would perform 22nd, following Greece and preceding Italy.[17] Ukraine placed 3rd in the final and scored 214 points.[2]

Points awarded to Ukraine

Points Awarded to Ukraine (Semi-Final 1)[15]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Ukraine (Final)[2]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Ukraine

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Omelyanchuk, Olena (23 December 2012). « Zlata Ognevich is a happy winner in Ukraine ». Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ a b c d « Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Grand Final ». Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (2 October 2012). « NTU calls for songs, final in February ». Esctoday.com. 
  4. ^ Положення національного відбору на участь у Міжнародному пісенному конкурсі « Євробачення – 2013 » (in Ukrainian). NTU. 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Brey, Marco (23 November 2012). « Ukraine: National final on 23 December ». Eurovision.tv. 
  6. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (19 December 2012). « Ukraine: Deadline set to 21 December; Details revealed ». Esctoday.com. 
  7. ^ a b Mikeev, Andy. « Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ». ESCKaz. 
  8. ^ Omelyanchuk, Olena (23 December 2012). « Today: Ukraine chooses entry for Malmö ». Eurovision.tv. 
  9. ^ a b c d e Mikheev, Andy. « Ukraine at Eurovision Song Contest 2013 ». ESCKaz. 
  10. ^ Busa, Alexandru (11 March 2013). « Ukraine: Listen to the new version of Gravity ». esctoday.com. 
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (17 January 2013). « Draw results: Who’s in which Semi-Final? ». Eurovision.tv. 
  12. ^ Siim, Jarmo (28 March 2013). « Eurovision 2013: Semi-Final running order revealed ». Eurovision.tv. 
  13. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (6 May 2013). « Ukraine: Zlata pleased and confident after her 1st rehearsal ». Esctoday.com. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  14. ^ Leon, Jakov (14 May 2013). « We have our first ten finalists! ». Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c « Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semi-Final (1) ». Eurovision.tv. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Brey, Marco (14 May 2013). « First Semi-Final Winners’ Press Conference ». Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 May 2013). « Running order for the Grand Final revealed ». Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 17 May 2013.