In Lisbon, Mélovin rose from his piano-grave on stage. And now Ukraine is gearing up for another year of creative performances and big talent as it searches for its Eurovision 2019 act for Tel Aviv. Now broadcasters STB and UA:PBC have provided some more insight into their upcoming selection show Vidbir 2019.
Not even the financial problems faced by broadcaster UA:PBC can stop Ukraine from finding a way to Eurovision. The broadcaster revealed back in October that it has signed an agreement with private broadcaster STB to assure their partnership – especially when it comes to Vidbir — for the next three years.
With the application period now closed, producers will turn to choosing the lucky acts who will make it to the live shows of the national selection. Although no names have been officially confirmed, STB is teasing us with artists who have applied. We’ve also come across some suspicious YouTube uploads of Ukrainian artists. So let’s find out who we might expect to see in February on the stage of Kyiv’s Palace of Culture.
Vidbir 2019: Possible contestants
She tried to represent her country in 2017 and 2018 – and came second both times. And while Tayanna has stated that she hasn’t fully made her mind up yet, it seems she’s ready for a third try — having told local media as much. Although she was very upset about judge Andriy Danylko’s criticism in 2018, it looks like she has overcome her anger and is ready to take part with a song in Ukrainian. STB is alreading promoting the Vidbir ticket sale with Tayanna…
One of Ukraine’s most current bands KAZKA reportedly applied for Vidbir. They competed in X Factor Ukraine where they made it to the live shows AND they already competed in Vidbir 2018. The band combines an international/modern electro-sound with ethnic elements. Their song “Plakala” (Cry) was a huge success, earning almost 100 million (!) YouTube views. Interestingly, they released the song’s English version only yesterday. Does that mean this will be their Vidbir 2019 entry?
From San Marino to Ukraine! Singer Dontsov tried to make an impact last year at 1 in 360 – San Marino’s global search to find a Eurovision act for Lisbon. He didn’t make it to the final but still wants to do Eurovision – this time representing his home country Ukraine. His song “Gimme” contains some sensual lyrics – mixed with an urban club sound. Will he bring sultry eastern European-vibes to Tel Aviv?
Another act we’ll possibly see in February is rock band MNISHEK. The band features 6 members, the maximum allowed to be on stage at Eurovision. MNISHEK’s musical genre is something between ethno and pop-rock with the soft vocals of lead singer Anna. They’ve even released their potential song for Vidbir “Tuman” (Fog) already.
More rumoured acts in Ukraine are Mountain Breeze who shot to fame through X Factor Ukraine, Dmitri Koladenko, Shain Lee, twin sisters Anna-Maria, Rulada with “The Bee” (who has already managed to get over 100,000 views in only two days), Paul Manandise, Lina Boykova, Leo and Marta Ademchuk.
We won’t find out who made it to the live shows until 21 January at the latest. Then the Ukrainian broadcasters will reveal the candidates who will compete at one of the semi finals on 9 February and 16 February.
Vidbir 2019 judges
Next to the rumoured acts, STB also revealed the judges for next year’s season. Once again Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala will join Eurovision 2007 runner up Verka Serduchka aka Andriy Danylko and music producer Yevhen Filatov to decide half of the outcome of the show. Be ready for harsh criticism and some brutally honest words (..in Ukrainian though)!
Natalia Franchuk, Head of the national selection, said: “We are pleased with this jury and we still do not see the need to change it. Each of our judges is a professional, everyone is strong in their direction. They perfectly complement each other. Their ratings and the difference in the views on the best song create a field for heated discussions. Who knows, this year something new will be waiting for us, and our jury members will be unanimous in choosing the winner.”
Who should represent Ukraine in Israel next year? Do you think it’s finally time for Tayanna or do you have another favourite so far? Let us know in the comment section below.