Ukraine: Eurovision 2020 act and entry to be determined through “Vidbir 2020”
The Ukrainain national broadcaster, UA:PBC, has revealed details on the national selection format it will be using to determine its Eurovision 2020 rerpesentative. Ukraine will stick once again with the traditional national selection of Vidbir, which will take place in February.
Ukraine will be selecting its Eurovision entry through Vidbir. UA:PBC and STB will collaborate on holding the country’s national selection , which will be presented by Sergey Prytula. Ruslan Kvinta will be the musical producer of the shows while Natalia Franchuk will be the the creative producer of the national selection. According to the dates announced the Ukrainian national selection will unfold as following:
- Semi-final 1 : 08/02/2020
- Semi-final 2 : 15/02/2020
- Grand Final : 22/02/2020
All three shows will be aired by UA:PBC 1 and STB
After last year’s dramatic developments in Vidbir 2019 with winner Maruv , next year’s edition of Vidbir will see some changes to its regulations according to UA:PBC statements. Next year the nationa final winner will receive financial support by the broadcaster all the way to Rotterdam. Acts that are interested in representing Ukraine in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest can send in their application here . The Ukrainian broadcasters have released the rules and regulations of Vidbir 2020
In 2019 Ukraine saw a dramatic national selection Vidbir, which saw Maruv winning with her entry Siren Song. After a serial of dramatic developments between the broadcaster and the winner eventually Ukraine withdrew from the Eurovision 2019
Next year we will see Ukraine compete in Rotterdam. However the broadcaster hasn’t officially revealed how it will determine the next Eurovision representative although it is very likely to opt for a national selection like Vidbir once again.
THE EUROVISION STORY SO FAR
Ukraine debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with Oleksandr Ponormayov‘s Hasta la vista, and has won the competition twice in 2004 (Ruslana) and 2016 (Jamala). The country has hosted the contest twice in its majestic capital Kyiv in 2005 and 2017.Ukraine is one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest and has so far not missed out competing in the Grand Final while has been abcent only the 2015 edition.
The country has made it 9 times in the top 10 during its 15 years of ESC participations, including 2 victories ( 2004, 2016), 2 2nd placings (2007, 2008), 13rd placing (2013) and 4th placing (2011).In 2018 Ukraine was represented by Vidbir 2018 winner, Melovin with his entry Under the ladder, achieving a 17th place in the Grand Final.