Ukraine’s National Broadcaster UA:PBC will use Vidbir as a mechanism to select its Eurovision 2018 representative. The collaboration between UA:PBC and STB continues for a third consecutive year.
Despite being a fairly recent method of selecting a representative, Vidbir has proven to be a successful formula and delivered Ukraine its second Eurovision win in 2016.
The third edition of the festival will be organized and sponsored by STB. This arrangement between the production company and Ukraine’s National Broadcaster helps the country with the financial aspect of participating at the contest. With that being said, UA:PBC is only responsible for paying Ukraine’s participation fee and costs associated with competing at Eurovision.
The ultimate quest for success – Vidbir 2018
STB plans to stage auditions around the country in order to find Ukraine’s next Eurovision representative. The application process has started on the 1st of October 2017 and they encourages artists and composers to apply by calling: 0-800-508-777.
— Ukraine at Eurovision 🇺🇦 (@uapbc) October 1, 2017
Ukraine at Eurovision
Despite a rather disappointing debut in 2003, Ukraine came back strong the following year winning the contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances”. Their second win came exactly 12 years later in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944”.
On a less successful note, their worst scoring entry is last year’s host entry “Time” by O Torvald. Finishing 24th overall out of 26 competing countries.
However, Ukraine has had more ups than downs in the contest and we’re certain that Vidbir will be a success.
In any event,
Will you be tuning in for next year’s edition of Vidbir? What’s your favorite Ukrainian entry? Who would you like to see representing them next? Would you like to go back to Kiev in 2019?
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