Christmas is coming early, y’all. Today Ukrainian broadcaster NTU announced that its national final will take place on 21 December. At the moment this means Ukraine will be the first country to select their entry for next year’s contest in Copenhagen.

Artists and composers have until 6 December to submit their entries to NTU, before a preliminary round begins on 7 December, featuring every artist who submits an entry. Then a professional jury and producers from NTU will select twenty to compete in the televised national final. The combination of a jury vote and a televote will determine who will represent Ukraine in 2014.

Ukraine made its Eurovision debut in 2003 and has never missed a final. In 2004 Ruslana—the one that looked like Xena, Warrior Princess— earned Ukraine its only Eurovision victory with “Wild Dances”. Ukraine also has two consecutive second place finishes under its belt from 2007 and 2008. Earlier this year, Zlata Ognevich placed third in Malmö with the song “Gravity”. She also won our annual search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model.

Last month y’all selected Ukraine as the country you would most like to see compete at ESC 2014.

Anthony Ko contributed this report from the U.K. Follow him on Twitter at @bjorneo. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by liking our Facebook page.

Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

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Alex
Alex
7 years ago

I’d love to see Ukraine win sometime again, so that we could see Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Verka Serduchka, Greenjolly, Alyosha, Zlata, and Tina Karol all perform again. Ukraine sends some pretty sweet people.

EurovisionFanns
EurovisionFanns
7 years ago

Well… I thought Albania would be first to choose their act… but it seems Ukraine will!

Arianna
7 years ago

Dangit. To watch the Albanian semi or this.. the tough decision making begins 😛

Z24
Z24
7 years ago

Someone has to. (Well, they took a break in 2007 and 2005, but that’s respected)
And we all appreciate that 😀

David Thielen
7 years ago

>> They only do sexy

And some of us are very appreciative of that 🙂

William Lee Adams
Admin
7 years ago

They only do sexy 🙂

Z24
Z24
7 years ago

Will they pick yet another sexy lady to represent them?