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.
Ukraine have selected Crimean Tatar singer Jamala as their representative for 2016. Her song ‘1944’ tells the story of the Crimean people (including her Great-grandmother) who were displaced from their homes by Soviet military forces during the Second World War.
Ukraine staged the second of their semi finals tonight. Three more acts advanced to next week’s finally, joining The Hardkiss, Jamala and Brunettes Shoot Blondes.
Later tonight three more acts will join Brunettes Shoot Blondes, Jamala and The Hardkiss in the final of the Ukrainian national selection show. You have been voting all week and the poll has now closed! So let’s see who your favourite is from Semi Final 2…
Following a years’ absence from Eurovision, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU broadcast the first of its semi final selection shows last night. Nine songs competed in front of a panel of experts which included Eurovision winning act and political activist Ruslana and ‘Lasha Tumbai’ singer Verka Serducka out of drag.
After a one year absence from Eurovision due to financial difficulties associated with the ongoing Ukrainian Crisis, Ukraine are set to make a triumphant return in 2016. Since they began competing in 2003, Ukraine have proven time and again to be one of the more successful countries in the Contest’s recent history. With an unforgettable win in 2004 with Ruslana’s ‘Wild Dances’, back to back second places in 2007 and 2008 with Verka Serduchka and Ani Lorak, and finishing in the top ten eight out of the twelve times they have competed, Ukraine are cementing themselves as a Eurovision force to be reckoned with. But what can we expect in 2016?