Orthodox priest writes lyrics for “Eurovision” song

This year, Ukraine may be represented at the Eurovision contest by an unusual song written by a Russian Orthodox priest.

The song, called “My Hope”, is written by priest Daniil Irbits and will be performed by El Kravchuk, a Ukrainian singer, Interfax agency reports.

The 35 best performers will take part in the final selection round for Ukraine’s representative. Meanwhile, the songs and videos are being actively promoted on TV and on the radio.

The winner, who will have the honor to represent Ukraine at the European song contest, is to be chosen in mid-February. One of the main contenders traditionally is Andrey Danilko, more famous as his stage persona, Verka Serdyuchka.

The only time Ukraine has won the “Eurovision” contest was in 2005, when singer Ruslana conquered hearts all around Europe with her song “Wild dances”. With that victory, Kiev won the right to host the event the following year.