Mélovin will represent Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Six artists took to the stage tonight in Kyiv for the chance to represent Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In the end, it was Mélovin who came out on top, with his song “Under the Ladder”.
Participating in the show tonight was:
- Kadnay – Beat of the Universe
- Tayanna – Leyla
- The Erisde – Heroes
- Laud – Waiting
- Vilna – Forest Song
- Mélovin – Under the Ladder
On the jury tonight was 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.
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 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.