Serhiy Prytula the presenter of the Ukrainian national selection has been revealed as STB’s commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Private channel STB has revealed who will be the broadcasters first commentator at the Eurovision Song Contest. Presenter, actor and author, Serhiy Prytula will guide viewers through this years contest in Lisbon, Portugal on STB. Serhiy will be known to viewers as the presenter of Vidbir, the Ukrainian Eurovision selection process for the past two years.
STB will be broadcasting this years Eurovision Song Contest for the first time this year, having signed an agreement with UA:PBC. The agreement means that for the first time the Eurovision Song Contest will be aired by a public and private broadcaster in the same country.
The agreement is an extension of a pre-existing contract between STB and UA:PBC to organise a national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. For the past three years STB has organised the Ukrainian selection process, covering the costs of the selection, while UA:PBC broadcasts the shows alongside STB.
Previously the only private-public broadcaster partnerships to occur regarding the Eurovision Song Contest have been regarding national selection process. Both Andorra in 2004 and Germany in 2010-2012 have worked with private broadcasters on their national selections.
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana won the contest for Ukraine with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated again in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”, her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2015 Ukraine did not compete in the contest due to financial difficulties.