Dry your tears and get ready to party! Ukraine’s Interfax news agency is reporting that the country will return to Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.
The agency quotes Zurab Alasania, the general director of Ukraine’s National Television Company (NTU).
“Yes, we’ve decided [to participate], now [we will] get down to work. [We are] looking for better ways of doing it,” he said on Tuesday.
Alasania added that NTU will cooperate with another big Ukrainian TV channel, though he declined to give details. It sounds like they are pulling a Bulgaria, where the state broadcaster has teamed up with a private network for Junior Eurovision.
Last September, when Ukraine announced that it would withdraw from Eurovision 2015, our hearts sank. The land of divas like Ruslana and Ani Lorak (that’s Karolina backwards) brought drama and fabulosity during its first 12 appearances, and we knew this year’s Eurovision would be just a little less colourful as a result.
Their withdrawal stemmed partly from financial difficulties and partly out of respect for the ongoing crisis in the country.
In 2014 Ukraine sent Maria Yaremchuk with the song “Tick Tock”. It ultimately finished sixth in a field of 26 finalists.
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Are you glad that Ukraine seems to be returning next year? Do you think they will retract their statement? Let us know in the comments!