UA:PBC has announced that Timur Miroshnychenko will be joined in the commentary booth by the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, Jamala.
Timur Miroshnychenko the Green Room host of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 and long term commentator for the Ukrainian national broadcaster, is set to return to the commentary booth for Lisbon. UA:PBC has revealed that he is set to be joined by three of Ukraine’s past Eurovision entrants for this years contest as the broadcaster competes with private channel STB for viewing share.
Joining Timur in the commentary booth are:
- Mariya Yaremchuk (Eurovision 2014 participant) – First semi-final
- Alyosha (Eurovision 2010 participant) – Second semi-final
- Jamala (Eurovision 2016 winner) – Grand Final
Mélovin is no stranger to Eurovision selection shows, as he participated in Vidbir 2017 with his song “Wonder”. He ended up placing third in the Final, receiving the highest amount of televote points but placing second-to-last with the jury. A year later he participated once again, this time placing first. This time around he received the highest amount of televote points and second-highest amount of jury points.
Mélovin will represent Ukraine at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal this May. He was selected after winning Vidbir 2018 with his song “Under the Ladder”.
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.