Between 2018 and 2020, Ruslan Kvinta acted as the main musical producer of Ukraine’s Eurovision selection Vidbir. But after three seasons, the composer and producer has told Fakty that he wishes to step down from this role.
The role of musical producer is vital in Vidbir as it determines the direction of the actual show. The musical producer is the main person responsible in selecting the entries for the live shows.
Ruslan Kvinta steps down as a Vidbir musical producer
Earlier this year, the producer was one of the five internal jury members to choose Go_A’s Eurovision 2021 song.
Nevertheless, in his interview with Fakty, Kvinta revealed it would likely be his last involvement in the contest. He said:
“I want to say that the topic of Eurovision is closed to me. I don’t want to further work with that contest, in principle. It’s already not interesting to me anymore. It’s a beautiful contest and a great experience, but it is very straining on one’s health and energy. I did three seasons and that’s enough.”
Ruslan Kvinta and Vidbir
The role of Vidbir’s musical producer has consistently been filled by established names. Ruslan Kvinta took over from well-known producer Konstantin Meladze after he stepped down in 2017.
Kvinta started his role in 2018 as a household name in his native Ukraine. Before that, he contributed to the success of many artists in his native country. He was particularly involved with the rise of Eurovision 2018 star ALEKSEEV, for whom he wrote “Pyanoe solntse” in 2015.
Currently, the composer has achieved local chart success with “Poruch”, a collaboration between two-time Vidbir contestants KAZKA and ALEKSEEV.
The producer was no stranger to Eurovision either, as he also wrote Mika Newton’s 2011 entry “Angel”. That song eventually finished fourth in Düsseldorf.
During Kvinta’s time as a musical director, he had to deal with a lot of small and large drama. In 2019, Vidbir winner MARUV was unable to agree a contract with broadcaster UA:PBC for participation in Eurovision, eventually resulting in the country’s withdrawal from the contest.
The selection procedure for Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 remains unknown. There is a question mark over whether Vidbir will be used again. Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC produces Vidbir in collaboration with commercial station STB. In 2018, the two broadcasters announced that their collaboration would at least last until 2021.
Are you sad that Ruslan Kvinta plans to step down from his Eurovision and Vidbir activities? Who would you like to take over his role? Let us know in the comments below!