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UKRAINE: Sophia Ivanko “The Spirit of Music”

Ukraine has had a lot of success at Eurovision since 2003 with two wins with “Wild Dances” from Ruslana in 2004 and “1944” by Jamala on 2016, two second places with Verka Serduchka’s “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” in 2007 and the next year with Ani Lorak’s “Shady Lady”, and one third with Zlata Ogenevich’s “Gravity” in 2013. The county has also progressed to every grand final in the years they have participated in.

Ukraine joined Junior Eurovision in 2006 and has had one win in 2012 with “Nebo” by Anastasiya Petryk, and two second places with Viktoria Petryk in 2008 with “Matrosy” and Sofia Tarasova “We Are One” in 2013. Since they joined, the songs have been in Ukrainian 5 times and more recently the songs have been in mixes of Ukrainian and English. This year’s song “The Spirit of Music” continues the trend.

Sophia Ivanko is 14 and from Kyiv and is a singer, songwriter, and artist. She has been singing since she was 4 and started her career as a professional singer at age 10. She and her brother perform her songs together with him on guitar. Sophia took part in The Voice Kids Ukraine 2019 with Jamala as a coach. She is looking forward to making new friends in Poland and learning about different cultures.

Sophia has co-written this song with Mykhailo Tolmachov. Mykhailo is a voice coach, sound engineer, and producer, and has been involved with Junior Eurovision in some capacity since 2009. His YouTube and Facebook page is packed with covers he has produced over the years.

“The Spirit of Music is about finding your inner strength with the help of music. The song is full of whimsy with loads piano throughout. The “hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo” grabs you and the song builds from a soft, sweet song, to a powerful rock ballad.

Lyrics of 'The Spirit of Music':

Ukrainian/English:

Коли не знаєш, що робити
коли думки навиворіт
коли здається, один ти в світі
і не здатен на політ

when your thoughts are upside
down when you don't know what to do
inspiration doesn't come
and your heart feels so blue

здається у-у
це все здається у-у
забудь печалі у-у
і співай у-у-у

ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууууу

коли танцюєш на танцполі
забуваєш про усе
ти розумієш, один ти в колі
течія тебе несе

здається у-у
це все здається у-у
забудь печалі у-у
і співай у-у-у

ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууууу ууууууууууууууу-аа-аа

і тоді повір у себе
подивись - співає небо!
чуєш пісню невгамовну?
відчувай її наповну!

повір у себе
подивись - співає небо!
чуєш пісню невгамовну?
тож співай її безмовно!

Ууууууууууууууууу

I know it, I feel it,
that's the spirit of music
it takes me
and sets me free
hey, I know it
and it's inside of me
I give you this melody

Ууууууууууууууууу

English translation:

When you don’t know what to do
when your thoughts are inside out
when it seems like you are all alone
and incapable of flying

when your thoughts are upside down
when you don't know what to do
inspiration doesn't come
and your heart feels so blue

it seems hoo-oo
it all seems hoo-oo
forget the sadness hoo-oo
and sing hoo-oo-oo

hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo

when you dance on the dancefloor
you forget about everything
you realize you are one in a circle
the flow is carrying you

it seems hoo-oo
it all seems hoo-oo
forget the sadness hoo-oo
and sing hoo-oo-oo

hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo ah-ah

and then believe in yourself
look, the sky is singing!
do you hear the unceasing song?
feel it to the full!

believe in yourself
look, the sky is singing!
do you hear the unceasing song?
so sing it silently!

hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo

I know it, I feel it,
that's the spirit of music
it takes me and sets me free
hey, I know it
and it's inside of me
I give you this melody

hoo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo-oo hoo-oo hoo-oo hoo