Breaking News: Ukraine withdraws
KYIV, UKRAINE – Ukrainian national television just announced that the country will not participate in Eurovision 2015 due to financial and military reasons. The ongoing warfare with rebels supported by Russia and the bad economic situation of the country, forces NTU to withdraw from the contest for at least one year, as NTU aims to return in 2016. It’s sad because in 2015 we would celebrate 10 years from Kyiv’s hosting in 2005.
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Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times, debuting in 2003 with a 14th place finish for Oleksandr Ponomaryov, before winning at their second attempt when Ruslana won the 2004 contest with “Wild Dances”. The Ukrainian capital, Kiev was the host in 2005. Ukraine has also twice finished second in the contest, with Verka Serduchka in 2007 and Ani Lorak in 2008 and finished third in 2013 with Zlata Ognevich. Ukraine has finished in the top ten a total of eight times (2004-2014). Along with Romania, Azerbaijan, Russia and Greece, Ukraine have never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004 and has an average score of 143 points per contest, 233 if including the semi-finals.