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.
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)