Ukraine’s state broadcaster NTU will join forces with private network STB to stage the country’s national selection for Eurovision 2017.
STB made the announcement this morning, noting that the application process will launch on September 1.
“We were fully satisfied with our cooperation with TV channel STB and strive to continue it,” Zurab Alasania, the CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, said of their cooperation in 2016. “Highly professional colleagues, their vast experience in entertainment formats brought the national selection to a new level.”
It’s not just hot air. The February 21 final saw a record number of unique votes in entertainment programming for both networks, clocking 344,268 unique votes within the first hour of voting. The battle between The Hardkiss and Jamala had Eurovision fans glued to their YouTube feeds over the course of three weeks. Jamala dominated international headlines before the national selection had even finished and went on to win it all in Stockholm.
Ukraine’s national selection for Eurovision 2017
Once again music producer Konstantin Meladze will oversee the selection process.
“Last year we reviewed about 1,500 audio and video applications, and selected 18 artists for the live broadcast,” he said in a statement. “This year we expect even more artists – both beginners and experienced.”
“I am fully convinced that in our country many young, talented, modern, thinking musicians want to represent Ukraine at Eurovision…They will compete with well-known artists — it is right, it refreshes the palette, adds an element of surprise. For their part, we will strongly help participants to prepare.”
On September 1 bands and solo artists aged 16 and over will be able to download the application from STB’s Eurovision 2017 web site.
During October and November, its selection committee will visit Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Lviv, Dnieper, Odessa and Kyiv, where Konstantin Meladze will personally listen to anyone who submitted an application. This is a truly hands-on selection and, like Prince Charming trying to fit that shoe on Cinderella, he will leave no foot unturned.
Natalia Franchuk, the head of the country’s national selection format, said that this year’s selection will be even more ambitious and that the networks may increase the number of live shows. There were two semi-finals and a final for the 2016 edition.