Ukraine’s broadcasters UA:PBC and STB have once again joined forces to organise Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final, and revealed the sixteen acts set to appear in this year’s selection.
The show’s musical producer Ruslan Kvinta sounds happy with his chosen finalists:
“The national final again pleases us with a high-quality cast of singers and a diverse range of genres.”
As always Ukraine’s national selection is filled with a diverse mix of artists, genres and interesting stage names. Entering selection this year there are some debut acts and other established names.
“Between the participants, there are those who were not fruitful in last year’s casting round. It’s pleasant that they did not give up, but listened to our advice and used this year to prepare maximally qualitatively and professionally.
“It’s especially valuable that the stars, who already have an experience of participation in this not easy selection, are ready to battle again. After all a true artist will always go to the end.”
As mentioned, several acts are back for another shot at Eurovision glory.
They include from last year’s edition LAUD, who won the first semi-final, Brunettes Shoot Blondes, who made it to the final in 2016 and LETAY, who were less successful in their first Vidbir participation.
Perhaps the biggest face-off in the selection will be between its two most famous acts: Tayanna and KAZKA. While Tayanna has finished second two years in a row, KAZKA had one of the biggest hits in Eastern Europe last year with their Ukrainian-language song “Plakala”. It topped charts in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and many other countries in the CIS.
The acts will be divided into two semi-finals on 9 and 16 February after a running order draw which will take place on 22 January. On 23 February, the winner will be decided by a split of votes from a jury – consisting again of Jamala, Andriy Danylko and Yevhen Filatov – and the public.
Acts in Ukraine’s Eurovision national final Vidbir 2019
Brunettes Shoot Blondes
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