The final production of the Ukrainian version of “The Voice” took place in a subway station that was used as a bomb shelter during the war with Russia.
The local adaptation of the ITV Studios-distributed format is titled “The Voice of the Country” and is currently ranked twelfth. It started on January 23, but only received a few units before the end of the full-scale Russian invasion of the country at the end of February. After the first broadcast of 1+1, the finale, which aired on Ukrainian television channel TET on November 20, has been eagerly awaited by viewers since the show’s return in October.
The final was held at the Kyiv metro station Maidan Nezalezhnosti, which is located 75 meters deep under the capital’s main square and on Kyiv’s central street near Kereshchatyk Street. Since the start of the war, Ukraine’s underground bomb shelters have played an important role. The Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station, which has been closed since the beginning of the war, has become a significant meeting place for Kyivites and has been used for events such as award ceremonies and for recording interviews with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Power was provided by generators for the finals due to a power outage in the capital due to missile strikes.
Volodymyr Zavadiuk, head of big shows at 1+1 Media, said it took about two months to prepare for the finale. Despite the continued missile attacks and general brutal war, we remain steadfast in our desire to give our country’s voice a chance to be heard, and participants will live to support and support the Ukrainian morale through song. We tried to let the Ukrainians have light in their souls in the dark night.
Zavadiuk continued, “We actually ran entirely off generators and were able to save the city’s electricity.” This was very important for us. And it is important not to stop even during the war. Above all, our industry employs many talented people who love Ukraine very much. And they stand firmly on the cultural front. I am sure that they should have work and opportunity to realize their potential in Ukraine, especially in dark times. Song is our DNA.”
The stage is designed to resemble the sun completely surrounded by real Ukrainian wheat. This was a symbolic sign of the hope that the country would flourish again and live “like wheat growing on walls and marble.”
The Season 12 finale received international support from other editions of “The Voice” around the world, including the US, Peru, Nepal, Romania, Poland, Georgia, Uruguay, Belgium, Norway, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Dominican Republic, Chile, Australia. , Sri Lanka and Portugal.
Meanwhile, the funds received from the last vote are going to a Ukrainian charity.
In the finals, Olya Poliakova, Potap, Dorofeva and the team of national coaches “Second Chance” performed. Another highlight was paramedic Kateryna Polishchuk, freed from Russian exile and inspiring the audience with her performance of the song “Sleepy Little Cossack”. The singer called for the release of prisoners of war from the Russian-controlled Azovstal steel plant.
Season 12 was finally won by Maria Kvytka, the so-called “Guardian of Ukrainian Culture”. A folklorist by profession, she is “crazy” for her love of Ukrainian ethnic costumes and authentic music, and is known for recording forgotten, authentic songs from her grandmothers in Polissia. Her repertoire includes around 2,000 unique folk songs.
The show’s usual presenters, Katya Osadcha and Yuri Gorbunov, are back to host.