Monday, 4 April 2011

ESC 2011, semi-final 2 - Ukraine

Oksana Stefanivna Hrytsay, better known by her stage name Mika Newton, is an Ukrainian singer who was born on March 5 1986.

Mika has been singing since the age of 9. Her music and choice of clothes are strongly influenced by punk and gothic. Mika founded the band Emergence in 2004. The band is quite successful in the Ukraine and they released 2 albums.

In 2011 Mika participated in the Ukrainian national final with the song Angel which came 1st. After complaints from many viewers about the voting procedure in the final the Ukrainian broadcaster NTU decided to organize another final with the three best placed songs from the original final. After Jamala and Zlata Ognevich withdrew from this new final in the days before it was scheduled to be held, Newton became the artist to represent Ukraine, but it remained unknown which song she would perform on Eurovision. On March 4 Newton and the competition's organizer NTU declared that Angels would be sent to the Eurovision Song Contest with better arrangements.

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