The popular Ukrainian TV presenter and actor, Serhiy Prytula, will host the Ukrainian national selection process for Eurovision for the second time in 2018.
2018 will be the third edition of the Vidbir format. It will be organised by STB, a commercial broadcaster which has an association agreement with UA:PBC, the Ukrainian public broadcaster and host of Eurovision 2017.
Serhiy Prytula commented after the announcement by STB:
I would like to have the same competitive set of performers, as in the previous two years … I honestly have an internal conflict. On the one hand, I want to see more young bands, different genres of music (as Monochromea, Aghiazma, Panivalkova and Vivienne Mort will open for people this year), and on the other hand, you know that “Eurovision” is still a pop competition, and we must focus on the selection of high-quality pop music.
Applications to participate in Vidbir 2018 can be made on the STB website. The show is due to begin on 10 February 2018 with the first semi-final. The next semi final will be held on 17 February 2018 with the finale on 24 February 2018.
The producer for the 2018 selection is Ruslan Kvinta, a famous Ukrainian composer, who will be responsible for selecting all of the entries for the live shows.
As part of the agreement between STB and the public broadcaster, Vidbir 2018 will be broadcast on both STB and UA:First. Eurovision itself will be broadcast only on UA:First, as STB is not a member of the European Broadcasting Union.
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.