Kyiv, 5 March 2020. 

Ukraine have joined the cavalcade of Eurovision nations announcing the release dates of their songs. The entrant, folk band Go_A will premiere the Eurovision version of their song, “Shum” (transl: ‘Sound’), next Tuesday, on the 9th of March!

Earlier, Go_A had released Shum as a stand-alone entry. The song’s video clip which featured members of the band and several extra’s dressed up for a corona-proof pijama’s party, received critical acclaim from the fans. The band later submitted the song into Ukraine’s internal selection, where a jury of musicians chose it as the entrant.

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As the original version contained lyrics taken from a few classical folk songs from the area, as well as the fact that it was over three minutes long, the band chose to rewrite certain sections of the song for Eurovision specifically.

Last year, the band would have represented Ukraine with the song ‘Solovey‘ (transl: ‘Nightingale’). Go_A qualified for the finale of the national selection, Vidbir, in third place and weren’t considered a fave to win until their performance of the night was met with thunderous applause by the live audience. We will soon know whether “Shum” shall receive a similarly positive response in its Eurovision-friendly version.

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Ukraine is set to perform in the second half of the first semifinal, on 18 May 2020, where they will compete against entries for Lithuania, Russia and Croatia, amongst others.

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