Ukrainian Eurovision pop duo picked in live show from bomb shelter


Ukrainian electronic music band Tvorchi

The duo’s Andrew Hutsuliak and Jeffery Kenny speak to the media after their win (Picture: EPA/Gennady Minchenko)

Ukraine has picked its entry for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest – in a live competition held inside a bomb shelter.

Pop duo Tvorchi triumphed with their song Heart of Steel in the four-hour contest, which took place in an underground metro station in Kyiv.

The site also doubles up as a shelter during Russian air raids – and TV ­coverage was occasionally interrupted by the sound of trains passing.

Winning band member Andrew Hutsuliak said: ‘We will try to do everything to present Ukraine with dignity. We didn’t think we’d win but we want to say thank you to everyone who supported us, who listens to our music and who are fighting on the front line.’

Ten acts competed after organisers whittled down 400 song entries.

It comes after the country’s Kalush Orchestra won the contest earlier this year – Ukraine’s third time coming top in the competition.

Ukrainian electronic music band Tvorchi

Tvorchi will perform their song Heart of Steel live in Liverpool next year (Picture: EPA/Gennady Minchenko)

Traditionally, the winning country hosts the following year’s show. But due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the competition on May 13 next year will be held in Liverpool after the UK’s Sam Ryder came second.

The 37 countries taking part have until the end of March to confirm their songs and artists for the contest.

The BBC and music publishing company TaP Music will choose the UK’s song entry for 2023 in the new year.

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