NTU have revealed the ten artists that will take part in the Junior Eurovision national selection this year, as well as the date for the contest.
A total of 27 semi-finalists performed in front of a jury in Ukrainian capital Kyiv, who then chose the 10 finalists who will perform in the final show on August 25th. On the jury were Sofia Rol (who represented Ukraine at JESC last year), Svitlana Tarabarova, Valentyn Koval, Rozhden, and Viktor Knysh.
The ten finalists are:
- Veronika Kovalenko – “In my dreams”
- Sofia Lozina – “I believe”
- Sofia Bondarenko – “Music of your soul”
- Darina Halycka – “Angels”
- Duet Hilarmurchuck – “Where are you and me”
- Sofia Shkidchenko – “Yodeley”
- Polina Ryzhak – “On your way”
- Anastasiya Baginska – “Do not stop”
- Fedir Sklyarenko – “Come on, sing”
- Nina Boikova – “Dream is near”
The winner of the national selection on August 25th will go on to represent Ukraine at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.
Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Junior Eurovision 2017:
So far Armenia, Malta, and Russia have chosen their representatives of Misha, Gianluca Cilia, and Polina Bogusevich respectively. Belarus are the next country to choose their entrant, with their selection show coming up at the end of August. In September Albania and The Netherlands will choose their entries. We are yet to hear from Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Israel, who all took part in last year’s contest.