Sophia Ivanko, Ukraine’s representative at Junior Eurovision 2019 in Gliwice-Silesia, Poland, dropped the official video for her entry, “The Spirit of Music,” which also received a significant revamp from her national selection winning entry, then titled “Коли здається” (“When it seems”).
A thoroughly modern piano based pop anthem, “The Spirit of Music” will certainly stand out in Poland, and 13-year-old Ivanko herself hopes the “hoo-oo-oo” in the chorus will be a sing-a-long opportunity for the viewers.
As she told junioreurovision.tv, “My song is about the incredible, magical power of music. Music helps people find their inner strength and cheer up. Whenever life difficulties happen that make you feel sad, you need to sing the melody that comes from your heart. This melody is personal and different for different people. I hope that my “hoo-oo-oo” will wake such melodies in the hearts of everyone.”
Ivanko emerged victorious from a tough national selection featuring some heavy-hitting and more famous child performers, including Ranina 2018 semi-finalist and The Voice Kids of Ukraine winner Alexandr Zazarashvili.
Ukraine has been a staple at Junior Eurovision since their debut in 2006, and has a similar record of excellence (with the occasional dud) to that of the adults, except without the drama and shenanigans that plagued the adults’ preparations. Viktoria Petryk came in second at Junior Eurovision 2008, but her younger sister Anastasiya did one better and won the Ukraine’s sole title in 2012.
Darina Krasnovetska came in 4th at Junior Eurovision 2018 with “Say Love.”
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