Ukraine’s national selection for the 2020 Junior Eurovision Song Contest has now concluded. With the votes now in, it was revealed that Oleksandr Balabanov will represent Ukraine at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Vidkryvai (Open)‘.
Oleksandr won majority of votes
Upon the announcement of his win, UA:PBC has also revealed the results of the national selection:
- Alina Pash, Taras Topolya, Ruslana Khazipova, Dmytro Shurov and Tim Miroshnychenko voted for Oleksandr Balabanov;
- Jamala voted for Yaroslav Politov;
- Lyubov Morozova and Larysa Klyuyevska voted for Olena Usenko;
- Daniela Shapochnikova won the online voting.
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 UA:PBC selected Sophia Ivanko to represent Ukraine in Gliwice-Silesia with the entry, ‘The Spirit of Music’. During the contest she finished a respectable 15th place with 59 points.
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