Ukraine has used a selection show called Vidbir to select its act and song for Eurovision since 2016. It seemed to work for the nation as it gave them their second ever Eurovision victory with Jamala’s ‘1944’ winning the Contest that year. 2017 and 2018 were also a success with O. Torvald and Melovin making it to the finals with ‘Time’ and ‘Under the Ladder’. This week Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC revealed that the selection show will return in 2019 and have given us some of the initial details.
‘We are sad to announce that Bulgaria withdraws from #Eurovision. The decision is based on financial reasons because the costs of the project far exceed the financial capacity of BNT according to the Management of the broadcaster’, reads a statement from the Bulgarian national broadcaster BNT earlier in the week.
Albania’s selection show Festivali i Kenges is usually the first event in the Eurovision calendar and this year is no different. Earlier this week the Albanian broadcaster RTSH revealed details of the 57th edition of the contest which has chosen the country’s Eurovision artist and song since 2003.