Ukraine: Vidbir 2020 participants unveiled

Ukraine: Vidbir 2020 participants unveiled

The Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC , unveiled the acts that will compete in the country’s national selection , Vidbir 2020 , that will determine the next Ukrainian Eurovision representative. 

The list of this year’s national selection has developed as following:

  • Assol
  • David Axelrod
  • Elina Ivashchenko
  • FO SHO
  • GIO
  • Go-A
  • Jerry Heil
  • Katya Chilly
  • MOONZOO feat. F.M.F. Sure
  • Oleksandr Poriadynskyi
  • [О]

This will be the first national selection which won’t see so many famous act take part. The most known among the contestants is  Elina Ivashchenko who won the  The Voice Of Kids in 2016 and the X-Factor Ukraine 2019.  KHAYAT make a comeback after last year’s participation when the failed to qualify to the final, while YouTuber Jerry Heil will perform a comic song delivering a socia message concerning the world.

Vidbir 2020

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 108/02/2020
  • Semi-final 215/02/2020
  • Grand Final22/02/2020

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



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.

Angelo D.

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