MELOVIN has confirmed during a press conference that his song “Under the Ladder” will receive a new arrangement for Eurovision 2018.
Last week, MELOVIN won Vidbir 2018 with “Under the Ladder.” He won 33.81% of the public vote.
On Friday, MELOVIN talked gave a press conference and talked about his preparations for Lisbon, his fans and stage image and also his plans for the future. On the changes being made for Eurovision, he said:
“We are changing some things … When I listened to new moments in the arrangement, I had goosebumps”
He also confirmed that discussions are ongoing with the team in Portugal about whether he will be able to replicate the fire used on stage during the Vidbir final in Lisbon.
MELOVIN is not working with a producer for his Eurovision journey even though he has received offers from eminent producers, including foreign ones. He noted that for young artists, producers are no longer necessary:
“This is an obsolete notion – the producer. Every musician in our time is able to try to develop himself without investment. For this, there are large platforms like YouTube, like Instagram, large social platforms. The main thing is not to give up
Asked about his image and apparent similarities with Marilyn Manson, MELOVIN replied:
“Six years ago, when I invented the image, I thought about how I would wear these lenses … I am now so ashamed, but then I did not know who Marilyn Manson was … I knew more David Bowie, I scooped more from the classics.
Finally, MELOVIN spoke about his plans after Eurovision which includes a new song to be released in Ukrainian in the Autumn.
The overall results of the Ukrainian national final were:
- Mélovin – 11 points
- Tayanna – 10 points
- Kadnay – 8 points
- Laud – 6 points
- Vilna – 4 points
- The Erised – 3 points
MELOVIN is the first male solo artist to represent his country since Oleksandr Ponomariov in 2003, on the country’s debut. His victory in Vidbir also marked the first time in Vidbir history that there was no tiebreak for first place.
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.