Ukraine has become the latest nation to confirm that they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The host nation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Ukraine has today confirmed that they will be participating in next years contest in Portugal. Ukraine who has participated in the competition since 2003 joins an ever-expanding list of nations who have confirmed that they will be compete at Europe’s biggest television show next year.
UA:PBC and STB currently have a three year agreement which sees STB organise the countries selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Having started in 2016, STB and UA:PBC both broadcast the Ukrainian selection process, while STB produces the entire selection process. The agreement lowers the financial cost of UA:PBC’s participation in the contest, with the national broadcast paying only the participation fee and some costs associated with competing.
Ukraine were represented on home soil this year by O.Torvald and their song “Time”. During the final, O.Torvald received 24 points from the juries and 12 points from the televote. They received jury points from Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Italy, Portugal and Poland. They received televote points from just three countries – Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Israel. They finished 24th in the final, the worst result to date for the country in the competition.
To date two countries have ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. Andorra who last competed in 2009 and Luxembourg who last competed in 1993, have both stated that they will not be taking part in next years contest in Portugal. While Bosnia & Herzegovina’s national broadcaster has stated that it is unlikely that they will be returning to the contest next year in Lisbon.
Source: ESC Today
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Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana won the contest for Ukraine with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated again in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”, her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2015 Ukraine did not compete in the contest due to financial difficulties.