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Sunday, 06 April 2014 20:07

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Ukraine

It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #9, we catch up with Ukraine (NTU) who will be represented by Mariya Yaremchuk and the song Tick Tock co-written with Sandra Bjurman.

The music of Tick-Tock has been composed by Mariya herself. She is also one of the co-writers of the lyrics. Mariya and her choreographer’s team are working hard on the stage performance to make it soulful and simple. Mariya Yaremchuk was born on March 2nd, 1993 in Chernivtsi into a musicians’ family. Her father, Nazariy Yaremchuk, is a true Ukrainian legend,who died when Maria was only two years old. Her whole life Mariya was surrounded by music, so it wasn’t a surprise for anyone when Mariya took a stage for a first time at the age of six. 

In 2009 she entered the Variety Vocal Department of the Kyiv Circus and Variety Arts Academy and simultaneously the History, Politology and Foreign Relations Department of the Chernivtsi National University. In 2013 she had graduated with honour and got the bachelor’s degrees in both specialisations. Mariya continues her studies for the master’s degrees. In 2012 Mariya Yaremchuk participated in the Ukrainian version of The Voice, a famous global TV format for the best vocalists where she reached the fourth place. In the same year, Mariya represented Ukraine at the New Wave, the international music festival. 

She finished in top three and won the audience choice award. Her style and femininity idol is Monica Bellucci. In the music world, Mariya gives the nod to Madonna’s energy and Maroon 5 leader Adam Levine’s voice and sexuality. But all admiration still belongs to Mariya’s true inspiration – her father. This year Ukraine is going to overwhelm Europe with one of the strongest and beautiful voices - Mariya Yaremchuk. On December 21st, 2013 Mariya won the Ukrainian national selection and thus she will represent her country with her own lush and intense song Tick-Tock in Copenhagen.


Ukraine will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the twelfth consecutive time, with extremely positive results, having only been out of the top ten on just four occasions. Criticism for this years' entry has been extremely harsh but nevertheless, that changed following political situations in Europe. Their most successful participation was back in 2004 when Ruslana performed the song Wild Dances garnering a convincing victory over Serbia & Montenegro who finished in second place. They have also finished in second place on two other occasions, in 2007 and 2008 whilst managing a third place a couple of months back. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Martin Isherwood: Ok chorus, going the through the motions, but lacking a spark or originality.   Hate the whistles. For a 3 minutes song - it took a long time to get going.  Feels a bit dated more like 2003 with Flavours of Britney's Toxic - which is similar in terms of the title as well.     

Deo Grech: Seems that there are some wicked brains behind this year's show.  Putting Ukraine so close to the Russian entry will surely ignite some interesting discussion at home...and hey she's singing ''Tick Tock'' stronger than ever. I would have loved Ruslana here, though...she would have shouted some strong messages halfway through the song.  This will garner plenty of sympathy votes. I'm sure of that!

Stano Simor: Every year, Ukraine is highly dependent on the performance and the image of the song given during the Eurovision Song Contest but that said, "Tick Tock" is disappointing for me. She has a chance to get through to the final only based on the sympathy votes that this entry will achieve, apart from the continental promotion that is sure to precede.

Matt Mercieca: What is she saying? song sounds super out-dated. she’s cool though! I like her! Beat is cool, lyrics are super SILLY! But this is very Eurovision and i’m sure will do very good.

Source: eurovision.tv


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