On February 4 2021 Go_A and Ukranian Television announced that the song, Shum, wouid be Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest entry 2021.
The problem with the song though was that it’s original length was 4 minutes and 20 seconds, whereas everyone knows, 3 minutes is the maximum length of each entry before it is cut off.
Therefore, Go_A went back to the drawing board to produce a new shortened length of the song.
Ukraine will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 20, 2021.
Go_A – a brief biography
Go_A are a quartet of three men and one lady from Kyiv, Ukriane. The members are Kateryna Pavlenko, Ihor Didenchuk, Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Hryhoriak.
The bands origins go back to 2011 when Taras had the idea to form an electro-folk group. They released their first song, Koliada (Коляда), in 2012.
Their popularity grew in Ukraine, after the release of Vesnianka (Веснянка), which won the honour of best track in Ukraine in 2015.
Go_A released their first album, Іди на звук, Follow the tune, in 2016. In 2020, they were supposed to represent Ukraine at Eurovision, with the song, Solovey.
Ukraine At The Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine have appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest, fifteen times, and have qualified for the final every time. They have won the contest twice, first with Ruslana and Wild Dances in 2004 , and then again in 2016, with Jamala and 1944.
The country has also come second, twice in back to back years, 2007 and 2008. That was with Verka Serduchka and Dancing Lasha Tumbai, and Shady Lady from Ani Lorak.
Interestingly had Go_A been able to represent Ukraine at Eurovision last year, they would have been the first entry where all of the song was in Ukranian.