UKRAINE – The Hardkiss were formed in 2011 by lead singer Julia Sanina and guitarist Valeriy Bebko. In September the band presented their debut video “Babylon”. They were the opening act for Hurts on October 20 and Solange Knowles on November 18 in Kyiv. In 2012, The Hardkiss were nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Ukrainian Act. The band performed at MIDEM festival on January 29.
In 2013, The Hardkiss won two awards – “Best New Act” and “Best Music Video” (to producer Valeriy Bebko for clip Make-Up) – of the national music award YUNA. On May 18 the band presented their first show in the Green Theatre in Kyiv. They opened the Muz-TV Music Awards on June 7. That year The Hardkiss became “voice and face” of the Pepsi in Ukraine. The band took part in a tour Pepsi Stars of Now (16 cities).
In 2014 The Hardkiss performed at Park Live Festival, and shared the stage with The Prodigy, Deftones, and Skillet. In 2015, the band was nominated for the music award YUNA again, having won in two nominations — “The best music album” (album Stones and Honey) and “The best song” (single Stones). In 2016, they took part in the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Julia Sanina is one of four judges on the seventh series of The X Factor Ukraine.
BELARUS – Ukraine, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with Anastasiya Petryk’s Nebo, joins the previously announced Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, the Netherlands and Wales for the 2018 contest.
Belarus’ public broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company) will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place at the Minsk Arena on Sunday 25 November, the second time the contest has been held at the 15,000 seat stadium in the Belarusian capital.
This year could see the most exciting contest yet with fierce competition for the accolade of previous winners Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Italy, Malta, Russia, The Netherlands and Ukraine plus a host of other strong contenders. Both Kazakhstan and Wales are competing in the contest for the first time.
UKRAINE 🇺🇦 Tina Karol, the 2006 Ukrainian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest in a recent interview criticised the participation of Alekseev in Lisbon as he is not Belarusian.
“There are citizens of Belarus to represent their country… Even if they did not get to the finals, it’s still a competition where countries meet. If Alekseev took citizenship, it would be a choice — I want (it) to be Belarusians…. Belarus was supposed to be represented by an artist with a Belarusian passport.”
What would she have said if the Belarusian entry ended up high in the scoreboard?
Norwegian representative (also of Belarusian descent, Alexander Rybak) supported the artist who had been actually approved to participate in the national selection by the country’s President Lukashenko.
It is interesting (mostly for Tina) to see that Bulgarian participants consisted from the USA, San Marino represented by German and Maltese singers, Latvian entrant is living mostly in Brazil and the USA, Polish entry featured Lukas Mejer who’s a Swedish vocalist.
Not to forget that countries like Luxembourg, Switzerland and Monaco have won the Eurovision Song Contest with another nationality singers.
UKRAINE 🇺🇦 Tayanna, participant in the 2017 and 2018 Vidbir, the Ukrainian national selection revealed to SivTimes that she has no plans to return in the planning to bid a song for national selection and therefore go after a Eurovision dream. “I do not want to participate anymore. I just do not want to” she said.
Tayanna participated in 2018 national final with the song Lelya with ranked 1st in the national jury and third in the public voting, loosing the ticket to Lisbon for 1 point in the combined results.
In 2017 national final her song “I Love You” won the jury voting of the national final, she came third in the public voting and in the combined vote she tied up with O.TOrvald who got the Eurovision ticket due to their higher – than Tayanna – public voting.
It is nice too remember that in 2017 Mélovin won the public voting in the Ukrainian final with the song “Wonder” but due to the combined results with the jury he ended up third in the final results.
LISBON – The “wildest” Eurovision’s winner Ruslana will hit the Eurovillage stage on Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on the night of the Grand Final.
On May 12th, 6:00 pm local time on the legendary Commerce Square in the heart of Portugal Ruslana will present her new live show with exotic instruments, live rock set, exclusive premieres and surprising features. This show is not only a music performance for Ukraine’s first Eurovision winner but her message to the international community.
“As one of the biggest music shows worldwide Eurovision has tremendous influence. And I think it’s time for Eurovision to unite us not only through music but also to join our efforts to go green. Renewable energy is the clean energy of nature’s elements, the healing energy for the planet and the humanity, the peace energy. Now, when I am not competing but take part as a guest, I’d like to invite fans around the world to fight for clean energy,” – Ruslana says.
Ruslana has become Ukraine’s best-selling artist, winning country’s first official Platinum Disc even prior to her Eurovision victory. After the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest she supported international social initiatives and democratic processes in her country, gaining a series of other international achievements as an artist and social activist. World Music Awards, Ukraine’s Good Will Ambassador for UNICEF, and her place in “Forbes 10 most influential women from Ukraine” to name the few.