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Ukraine debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with a 14th-place finish for Oleksandr Ponomaryov, before shockingly winning at their second attempt in Turkey when Ruslana won the 2004 contest with her song, Wild Dances.

The country was one of the best point scorers, and had participated in every contest up until 2015, where NTU, the broadcaster stated they had a lack of funds for participation.

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine was another factor--something which would also play a role in Ukraine's second withdrawal four years later.

They returned for the 2016 contest in Stockholm, staging a national final for the first time, where Jamala was selected to perform the song 1944. She won the contest and broke Alexander Rybak's points record by a huge margin due to the introduction of the current scoring system, despite only coming second in both the jury and in the televote.

Ukraine is one of only two countries to have a perfect qualification record in the semifinals to date; the other being Australia. They are also the only country whose winning entries are performed in more than one language.

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Participations

Year Artist Song Language Place Points Semi Points
2003 Oleksandr Ponomaryov Hasta la Vista English 14 30 No semi-final
2004 Ruslana Wild Dances Ukrainian, English 1 280 2 256
2005 GreenJolly Razom nas bahato 19 30 Host of 2005
2006 Tina Karol Show me your love English 7 145 7 146
2007 Verka Serduchka Dancing Lasha Tumbai Ukrainian, German, English, Russian 2 235 Top 10 in 2006
2008 Ani Lorak Shady Lady English 2 230 1 152
2009 Svetlana Loboda Be My Valentine (Anti Crisis Girl) 12 76 6 80
2010 Alyosha Sweet People 10 108 7 77
2011 Mika Newton Angel 4 159 6 81
2012 Gaitana Be My Guest 15 65 8 64
2013 Zlata Ognevich Gravity 3 214 3 140
2014 Mariya Yaremchuk Tick-Tock! 6 113 5 118
2015 Did not participate
2016 Jamala 1944 English, Crimean Tatar 1 534 2 287
2017 O. Torvald Time English 24 36 Host of 2017
2018 Melovin Under The Ladder 17 130 6 179
2019 Participation withdrawn
2020 Event Cancelled
2021 Go_A

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TOP 10 Entries from Ukraine

TOP 10 Entries from Ukraine

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