Roll out the red carpet and call the paparazzi! Ukrainian broadcaster STB has this morning published the list of the 18 acts who will compete in its revived national selection for Eurovision 2016 — and it’s filled with major star power.
Leading the way is Anastasia Prikhodko, who has been signaling that she would like to take part since last October. “In 2009 I was already on this forum, but as a representative of [Russia],” she wrote on Facebook at the time. “My dream is try my hand at Eurovision again, but under the flag of my native country!”
Other big names include Viktoria Petrik, a veteran of both JESC and Ukraine’s national selection, and NeAngely, the taut-and-toned duo who tied for fifth at Ukraine’s 2014 selection with their song “Courageous”.
Continuing the rock trend we’re seeing at Eurovision, The Hardkiss will also compete. In Sofia Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision 2015 act Anna Trincher told us she would love for them to compete: “I really want Hardkiss to represent our country and I think if they will go, they will win.” (Listen to her comments from 3:00 in the video below).
The big reveal builds on yesterday’s momentum when we learned that Eurovision stars Ruslana and Andrey Danilko (aka Verka Serduchka) will serve on the jury.
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