Ukraine chooses Alina Pash for Eurovision-2022 amid fears of Russian invasion

12 February 2022, 10:39 PM

For one night, Ukraine set aside the fear of the looming Russian invasion in favor of a nationally loved music event – the annual national selection for Eurovision Song Contest. 

Now the question of who Ukraine will send to Italy for Eurovision is settled, with singer Alina Pash being chosen as this year’s entry to the final.

Every year Ukraine makes Eurovision something more than an international competition of funky songs, but a matter of national pride. And every year Ukraine delivers a good show for the whole of Europe.

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Alina Pash's winning performance

In 2021 Ukraine’s electro-folk band GoA came fifth in the overall competition, but its groovy song “Shum” has become a world hit — the first song in Ukrainian that got to the top of Spotify, Billboard, and other world music charts.

Kalush Orchestra took most of people's voices but did not win the hearts of professional jury

In 2022 Ukraine decided to drop its tradition of semi-finals due to a lack of funds. The professional jury chose the top-8 talents from more than 300 entries for a final show in Kyiv on Feb. 12: Ukrainian rapper Alina Pash, folk band Kalush Orchestra, fank-band Our Atlantic, pop singer Roxolana, Ukraine’s internet sensation Wellboy, Ukraine Army veteran singer Barleben, rock-band Cloudless, and Belarusian singer Michael Soul.

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