• David Murphy

Ukraine Second Rehearsal

Rounding off day four in the arena here is Ukraine's second outing on the stage.

Photo © EBU, Thomas Hanses

For me the structure of this song doesn't lend itself to the competition. Whilst a competent performance, it is somewhat self-indulgent and allows Sophia Ivanko to demonstrate what she can do vocally without inviting the audience to share the moment with her or emote the story of The Spirit Of Music effectively.

Ukraine have performed in all but the first three contests, and sung solely in Ukrainian until 2011 since when they have always had a mixture of their native language and English. Results have been mixed over the years, winning in 2012, finishing second in both 2008 and 2013 and fourth last year, but also bottom of the pile in 2010.

David Webster will be reporting live from rehearsals throughout the day on Gateway 97.8 ( For UK commentary with ESC Insight's Ewan Spence and Ben Robertson, tune in to Castlepoint FM on Sunday 24th November from 15:00 GMT.

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