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Ukraine: Eurovision Fan Zone Opens in Kyiv

Timur Miroshnychenko hosted the opening of the 2018 Eurovision Fan Zone in Kyiv on Wednesday 3 May.

The Fan Zone inside the telecentre of UA:First will be open until May 16 and will host a number of Eurovision themed events including live broadcasts of all of the Eurovision shows from Lisbon.

Timur, one of the hosts of Eurovision 2017, will once again be the Ukrainian commentator for Eurovision and will be joined in the commentary booth for the final by Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala.

The fan zone will also feature an exhibition on past Ukrainian entrants featuring the costumes of O.Torvald, Ruslana, Gaitana and others. There is also likely to be meet and greet sessions with Ukrainian stars.

That’s not all. There will be Portuguese language workshops and an interactive zone explaining more about this year’s contestants and the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Ukraine has had a short but successful record in Eurovision with two victories in 2004 and 2016. After hosting the contest in Kyiv last year, they will be represented in Lisbon by Mélovin with Under the Ladder who will close the second semi-final on 10 May. After his first rehearsal at the Altice Arena, bookies odds for Ukraine have been shortening in the winners market. He is expected to qualify for the Grand Final on Saturday 12 May comfortably.

Kostyantyn Mykolayovych Bocharov (Mélovin) was born on 11th April 1997 in Odessa, Ukraine. His interest in music came about at a young age as he participated in many concerts at his school, and later he graduated from theatre school. Mélovin came into the public eye when he participated in X-Factor Ukraine in 2015, which he went on to win. Afterwards, he toured Ukraine with the show’s other finalists, and a year later he released his first single “Ne odinokaya”.

 

 

Watch a short clip of Ukraine’s first rehearsal in Lisbon below:

Source: Kyiv Post

 

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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