Earlier in Septmber, we reported that Ukraine intended to participate to Eurovision 2019. We now know that they country will indeed participate!
No further detail on selection method just yet
Ukrainian broadcaster (UA:PBC) confirmed to fellow Eurovision fansite ESCToday that they will participate in Tel Aviv next May. This will be the country’s 16th participation at the contest, having debuted in 2003, only missing out once in 2015. So far, the broadcaster has yet to reveal further details on how they intend to select their entrant for Israel. In recent years, UA:PBC collaborated with private broadcaster STB to organize the selection. STB funds the national final and the staging at the contest while UA:PBC pays for the fees associated with participation.
Eurovision Song Contest 2019
The 2019 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 14, 16 and 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This follows Israel’s Netta Barzilai’s victory with her catchy entry “Toy“. So far, more than countries have either confirmed participation or intent to participate. As we previously reported, countries will have until sometime in October to confirm their participation in Tel Aviv.
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine made their Eurovision debut back in 2003. The first to fly the country’s flag at the contest was Oleksandr Ponomariov who finished 14th with his entry “Hasta la vista“. Despite the underwhelming start, they didn’t have to wait long to achieve good results. In fact, in 2004 Ruslana triumphed in Istanbul with her charismatic entry “Wild Dances“. Theyalso won the contest in 2016 with Jamala and her entry “1944“. Besides their two victories, Ukraine also placed second twice in 2007 and 2008 and third in 2013. Furthermore, Ukraine is one of the two countries that has a 100% qualification record for the final. In 2018, Melovin represented Ukraine with his entry “Under the ladder“. He finished in 17th place with 130 points.
Are you happy Ukraine will participate in Tel Aviv? Who would you like to see represent Ukraine next May? What is your favourite Ukrainian entry so far?
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