The first eight acts to compete to represent Ukraine at Junior Eurovision 2020 have been revealed. Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC have released videos of the songs from these first revealed eight singers. The public are encouraged to show their support with likes and comments on the videos.
The search will continue throughout August with the final selection being made in September. The national selection will run entirely online, with a combination of online voting and professional jury votes to determine the winner.
The videos for the eight acts can be seen below:
- Karyna Zayets – Zhyva
- Mariya Danilova – Syayvo
- Mariya Tkachuk – Vstyhnemo Vse!
- Yuliya Karimi – People
- Daniyela Shapochnikova – Tvoye Maybutnye
- Kristina Osychenko – Teche Voda
- Maksym Tkachuk – Dzhamayka (Cover)
- Sofiya Adamiv – Zatamuyu Podykh
Ukraine in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Back in 2006, Ukraine made their Junior Eurovision debut, finishing 9th with Nazar Slyusarchuk’s ‘Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll’. They have participated in every contest since then, and are one of the best-performing countries overall. This year will mark their 15th participation in the contest.
They won the 2012 contest with ‘Nebo’ by Anastasiya Petryk, whose sister Viktoria had come second at the 2008 contest. Although the winner of the junior contest doesn’t automatically host the following year, Ukraine hosted the 2009 edition. In fact, they have hosted the contest in Kiev’s Palace of Sports on two occasions now, in 2009 and then in 2013. This made them only the second country at the time to host the Junior contest twice (after the Netherlands). Of course Poland now boasts back to back wins in 2018 and 2019 to make this three.
Last year they selected Sophia Ivanko to represent them in Gliwice-Silesia with the entry, ‘The Spirit of Music’. During the contest she finished a respectable 15th place with 59 points.