Yesterday, it was revealed that Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has chosen to withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The broadcaster has now spoken about their plans for Eurovision 2020.
UA:PBC to participate in Eurovision 2020…
Most importantly, UA:PBC has confirmed its intention to participate in next year’s contest. Additionally, they will continue with a televised national selection. Whether this will be in co-operation with STB as has been the case since 2016 is still to be discussed.
…unless Russia are the hosts
However, UA:PBC confirms that in the event of a Russian victory in Tel Aviv and a subsequent hosting of the 2020 contest in Russia, Ukraine will neither participate or broadcast the contest.
With Russia’s Sergey Lazarev currently the bookies’ favourite to win the contest in Tel Aviv, it’s natural to assume this is certainly a possibility.
Nevertheless, UA:PBC will still organise its national selection in such a scenario. Though, of course, the winner would not take part in Eurovision in Russia.
Are you glad that we will see Ukraine back in Eurovision in 2020 unless Russia are the host nation? Let us know!