With Ukraine’s national selection process in full swing, broadcaster STB is looking for a public wildcard. Ahead of the semi-final shows next year it is staging an online contest — judged by the public — in which one lucky act will get a ticket to the semis. Submit your songs. Get the most votes by January 15. Win a spot in the contest.
The broadcaster has already revealed some of the submitted songs, which you can listen to at the end of this post.
Ukraine’s 2016 national selection
As you’ll recall, Ukraine began accepting applications for its Eurovision 2016 national selection on September 1. There are two ways to participate: Submit an application online between now and January or take part in an in-person audition in the Ukrainian cities of Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Dnipro or Kyiv between October 6 and January 15.
The semi-finals are tentatively scheduled for February and will be held in Kyiv. Both the audience and the jury will choose finalists. As for the jury, we only know the names of two people at this point — Konstantin Meladze and Jamala.
Natalia Franchuk, the head of the national selection for Eurovision 2017, is enthused that the Eurovision 2016 winner is on board. She said:
“We are very pleased that Jamala has become the second jury member. Generally speaking, after the victory of Ukraine at the Eurovision 2016, there could not be another candidate. For us, Jamala is not only a judge of the national selection, she knows what it takes to get victory in the international song contest, and we will be able to share this experience with the new representative of Ukraine as much as possible, to repeat her success in 2017.”
Alex Angel & Lady Gala (Kyiv)
What do you think about these participants? Does any of them stand a chance in Ukraine’s selection? And who could slay at Eurovision?