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Serhiy Prytula confined as the host of Ukraine’s Vidbir 2018

Ukraine’s National Broadcaster, STB, has confirmed Serhiy Prytula as the host of their national selection, Vidbir 2018.

Second year in a row for Serhiy Prytula

Serhiy’s long running career as a TV presenter and actor brought him the Vidbir hosting gig for the second year in a row. Serhiy expressed his enthusiasm regarding Ukraine’s quest for the next Eurovision Song Contest winner in a brief statement. You can read his statement below:

I would like the same competitive set of performers as in the previous two years, when in each semifinal 3 candidates were immediately eligible for a ticket to Eurovision. I honestly have an internal conflict. On the one hand, I want more young bands, different music genres, but on the other hand you understand that Eurovision is still a pop contest, and we must focus on selecting quality pop music.

Vidbir 2018

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 show will consist of three live shows that both STB and UA:PBC’s Channel 1 will broadcast.

  • 10 February: Semi-final 1
  • 17 February: Semi-final 2
  • 24 February: Grand Final

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 twelve 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 once more. Will it bring a third victory?

What our team had to say about Ukraine’s 2017 Eurovision Song Contest entry “Time”

The Xtra Files: We Review Ukraine’s ‘Time’ by O. Torvald!

Are you happy with STB’s decision to invite Serhiy back as the host of the show? Will you be tuning in for the third edition of Vidbir next year? Who would you like to see as Ukraine’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest representative?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section bellow and on all social media platforms at @ESCXTRA!

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