Entries for the 2018 Ukraine national selection closed yesterday. And broadcaster STB has wasted no time in revealing the 18 participating acts who will battle it out in the Vidbir semi-finals. And as expected, there are a few familiar faces on the list.
Returning to the contest will be 2017 runner-up Tayanna. Last year her emotional ballad and jury favorite “I Love You” narrowly missed out winning on a tiebreak. Tayanna earlier held a public vote to select her song for Vidbir, but she will reportedly instead enter an entirely new track.
Also returning is X Factor winner Melovin. He placed third last year and also topped the televote with his track “Wonder”. The popular singer and novelty contact lens fan will reportedly perform the song “Under the Ladder”.
Illaria placed fourth last year with her dreamy love song “Thank You For My Way”. She is another returning act, perhaps hoping to better her 2017 result.
The electro-pop group Kadnay narrowly missed out making the grand final last year with their song “Freedom In My Mind” and avant-garde art-pop group Pur:Pur placed fourth in 2016 with “We Do Change”. They are both back for another shot.
Ukraine’s national selection Vidbir 2018 – participating acts
- Ingret Kostenko
- Kozak System
- Mountain Breeze
- Pur: Pur
- Serhii Babkin
- The Erised
- The Vyo
On January 19, the broadcaster will hold the running-order draw, to determine the order the acts will perform in the semi-finals.
The 18 acts will battle it out in two semi-finals on 10 and 17 February. The six qualifying acts will go on to the grand final on 24 February.
They will face the judging panel of Jamala, Andriy “Verka Serduchka” Danylko and music producer Eugene Filatov, along with a public televote.
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