Five music professionals will help decide Ukraine’s next Junior Eurovision entry.
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC have revealed the five jury members that will choose the 10 finalists in Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision national final selection. On the panel is:
- Taras Topolya – Frontman of Ukrainian band “antibodies”
- Sasha Koltsova – Singer
- Laud – Singer and composer
- Sofia Kucenko – Singer and winner of international competitions
- Maria Burmaka – Head judge
Eurovision fans may recognise Laud as he attempted to represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Once the 10 finalists have been decided, they will perform at the final, where the winner will be decided by online voting. The finalists will be announced on Tuesday 28th August.
Ukraine initially withdrew from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, citing financial difficulties within the broadcaster. However, they were addedto the list of participating countries on August 2, becoming the 20th participating country announced.
The other 19 participating countries are as follows:
- FYR Macedonia
- The Netherlands
Wales and Kazakhstan will make their debut in 2018. Azerbaijan and Israel return to the contest after a short break of a few years, with France also returning after their debut and only entry in 2004.
Belarus’ public broadcaster BTRC (Belarusian Television and Radio Company) will host the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which will take place at the Minsk Arena on Sunday 25 November, the second time the contest has been held at the 15,000 seat stadium in the Belarusian capital.
Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.