Eurovision fans, mark your calendars: Ukraine has confirmed a date for its Eurovision 2022 national final.
Public broadcaster UA: PBC announced today the Ukrainian pre-selection final will take place on Saturday 12 February, with one lucky artist receiving the coveted Eurovision ticket.
The names of the artists competing in Ukraine’s newly-revamped national final will be made public by Monday 24 January.
Ukraine will decide its Eurovision 2022 entry on Saturday 12 February
Ukraine will decide its star for Turin on Saturday 12 February.
Prior to the grand final, UA: PBC received a total of 284 submissions, with the longlist of applicants slated for release next week.
The whittled-down list of finalists in the running will be revealed by Monday 24 January. However, the total number of finalists is yet to be confirmed.
From 2016 to 2020, Ukraine used the Vidbir selection show to choose its Eurovision act. The show produced such fan favourites as Jamala, MARUV and Go_A, solidifying Ukraine’s spot at as a Eurovision powerhouse (and the only remaining country to have never failed to qualify from the Eurovision semi-finals).
Following the internal re-selection of Go_A in 2021, the Ukrainian broadcaster is handing power back to the public.
The national final is set for big changes this year. Public broadcaster UA:PBC ended its partnership with commercial channel STB, through which Vidbir was created, creating doubts about the future of the selection show. The exact format of the new national final is yet to be confirmed.
The production company behind the national final — Friends Pro TV — will also produce the Ukrainian act for Eurovision 2022 in Turin.
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