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Ukraine: Vidbir 2018 Finalists Selected

The second semi-final of Vidbir 2018 has taken place, with the finalists in Ukraine’s selection process now selected.

Nine more artists took to the stage tonight in Kyiv as they competed for the last three places in the final of the Ukrainian selection process. The results were as follows:

  1. Ingret Kostenko – “Save My Planet”  – 5 points – 7th
  2. Mélovin – “Under the Ladder” – 17 points – 1st – Qualified
  3. Julinoza – “Hto ya?” – 5 points – 8th
  4. Tayanna – “Leyla” – 16 points – 2nd – Qualified
  5. Kadnay – “Beat of the Universe” – 15 points – 3rd – Qualified
  6. Yurcash – “Stop Killing Love” – 8 points – 6th
  7. Mountain Breeze – “I See You” – 12 points – 4th
  8. Illaria – “Syla” – 9 points – 5th
  9. Dilemma – “Na Party” – 3 points – 9th

On the jury were Eugene Filatov, Eurovision winner Jamala, and Andriy Danylko. They had a 50% say in the results, with the Ukrainian public having the remaining 50% say.

Tonight’s three finalists join the following singers in the final next weekend:

  • The Erisde – Heroes
  • Laud – Waiting
  • Vilna – Forest Song

The Grand Final of Vidbir 2018 will be held 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.

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