The Ukrainian national broadcaster has announced that alongside its coverage on its main channel, this years contest will also be shown on UA:Crimea.
Alongside UA:First, the Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC has announced that for the first time the Eurovision Song Contest will also be shown on their secondary channel aimed at Crimea, UA:Crimea. UA:Crimea which was launched in the past year will be one of three channels in Ukraine broadcasting the contest including UA:First and STB.
Ukraine is not the only country broadcasting the contest on multiple channels from the same broadcaster. In Estonia, ERR will be providing Russian language coverage of the contest via ETV+, while other countries will be broadcasting the contest in standard definition and HD.
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”.
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.