TAYANNA will present a new track for the 2018 Ukrainian national final, it has been revealed.
TAYANNA announced back in December that she will participate in the 2018 edition of Ukraine’s selection show, Vidbir. Back in December, the 33-year old singer took to Instagram to announce that she intends to do her very best to represent her country in Lisbon following her 2nd-place finish in last year’s selection with the song “I Love You”. Following her announcement, the singer launched polls through two Ukrainian radio stations to determine which song she should take to the contest.
“Kvitka” took the victory in the fan poll, however it has now been revealed that the song will be unable to participate as it was released prior to 1st September 2017. As this would break the official contest rules set by the EBU, TAYANNA will now present a new uptempo track.
With no official list of participants having been released as of yet, TAYANNA is one of 3 artists to have confirmed their participation in Vidbir 2018 thus far. Also participating will be Vidbir 2017 entrant Melovin and electro-duo Kazka.
Vidbir 2018 will commence with the 1st semi-final on 10th February, with the 2nd semi-final due to take place on 18th February and the grand final set for 24th February. The winner will represent Ukraine in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest to take place in Lisbon, Portugal in May.
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana brought the country their first win with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”; her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. Last year O.Torvald represented the country on home soil with the song “Time”. The group finished in 24th place, Ukraine’s worst result at the contest to date.