ALEKSEEV is interested in representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Ukrainian star ALEKSEEV has hinted on his social media that he is interested in participating in Vidbir 2018, the show used to select Ukraine’s next Eurovision entrant. On his Instagram page, he posted a video from a recent concert in which he asks the crowd if he should do Eurovision. The crowd excitedly replies “Yes!”, which he replies with “I’ll think about it”.
He stated in another Instagram post that his team is ready for Eurovision, and they feel as though they have the strength to fight for victory in the competition. “We are accustomed to setting new goals and achieving them every time”, he added.
Former Vidbir participants have also expressed their interest in competing again in 2018. Tayanna reached the final of Vidbir 2017, narrowly losing out to O.Torvald for the victory. She entered the competition with “I Love You”. Melovin also reached the final in the 2017 contest, and came third overall with the song “Wonder”. These two artists have been named as returning to the competition in 2018.
The three jury members of Vidbir 2018 have also been revealed over the past month. Eurovision winner Jamala will be joining Andriy Danylko and Eugene Filatov to judge the performing artists.
The first semi-final of the selection is due to take place on 10 February 2018. The second semi will follow on 17 February with the grand final on 24 February. The show will once again be broadcast from the Palace of Culture, Kyiv and will be hosted for the second year by Serhiy Prytula. The winner of Vidbir 2018 will be decided by both the jury and the public televote, and will then go on to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal.
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.