Following 2019’s withdrawal, Ukraine’s broadcasters UA:PBC and STB have once again joined forces to organise Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final and on Monday 20 January they revealed the sixteen acts set to appear in the 2020 selection.
As always Ukraine’s national selection is filled with a diverse mix of artists, genres and interesting stage names.
Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020: Acts
- David Axelrod
- Elina Ivashchenko
- FO SHO
- Jerry Heil
- Katya Chilly
- MOONZOO feat. F.M.F. Sure
- Oleksandr Poriadynskyi
Several of these acts had been heavily tipped to take part in the weeks leading up to the announcement.
Elina Ivashchenko is a 17-year-old who’s star has been rising for several years: she won both The Voice Kids and the all-Ukrainian singing contest Black Sea Games. In 2019, she successfully auditioned for the tenth series of X Factor Ukraine. She previously said she was submitting the song “Get Up”, which she performed on The X Factor
Meanwhile YouTube star Jerry Heil promised to bring a “funny song with a social undertone”. The song covers a social topic that is not only of importance in Ukraine, but also outside of her home country. She said that unlike most of her material, which is in Ukrainian, the song will be performed in English.
KHAYAT returns after reaching the semi-final at Vidbir 2019.
For the first time since Vidbir’s introduction in 2016, there are no big name returnees such as KAZKA or Tayanna.
Prior to the artists announcement, Ukraine’s broadcasters published a set of new rules for the competition. Consequently, artists with recent performances in Russia are no longer able to enter the contest.
Vidbir 2020: Key Facts
The acts will be divided into two semi-finals on 8 and 15 February. On 22 February, the winner will be decided by a split of votes from a jury – consisting of 2006 Eurovision entrant Tina Karol, Andriy Danylko and radio exec Vitalii Drozdov – and the public.
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