O.Torvald who represented Ukraine at Eurovision 2017, will be performing as an interval act in the first semi-final of Vidbir 2018.
O.Torvald will be performing as an interval act in the first semi-final of Vidbir 2018. O.Torvald will be known to Eurovision fans as the Ukrainian participants from last years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The group performed “Time” in the final and finished 24th with 36 points, which is Ukraine’s worst result to date.
The front man of O.Torvald commented;
I like that this year, as in the last two, there are a lot of young interesting musicians among the participants in the selection. Their music will be broadcast live throughout the country and will certainly find new listeners. But the most important thing is that they understand what this competition is for, what they can bring to it and what it can give them in terms of creative development
The running orders are as follows:
Semi-Final One (10th February)
- Constantine Dmitriev – Misto
- Serhiy Babkin – Kriz tvoyi ochi
- Laud – Waiting
- Kazka – Dyva
- The VYO – Ng’a-Ng’a
- Kozak System – Mamai
- Vilna – Forest Song
- pur:pur – Fire
- The Erised – Heroes
Several of the competing artists have taken part in previous editions of Vidbir. Illaria, Mélovin, and Tayanna all made it to the final of the 2017 edition, while Pur: Pur were finalists of the 2016 edition.
The two semi-finals of Vidbir will take place on February 10 and 17, with the grand final on February 24. The winner will represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the third year that Vidbir will select the Ukrainian Eurovision representative. It was first used in 2016. The winner of that edition, Jamala, also went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest with her song “1944”.
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 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.