The ten participants in the Ukrainian national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 have been revealed by UA:PBC.
The Ukrainian national broadcaster has revealed the ten acts who are competing to represent Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018. UA:PBC has organised an online selection for this years contest due to financial difficulties at the broadcaster. The ten artists competing in the Ukrainian selection are;
- Kain Rivers – Without Saying Goodbye
- HAOS – Nenormalne lito
- The Sparks – We Are Part of This
- Denis Rodin – Batky
- Yarina Taras – Sonyachnyy bit
- Irina Ignatenko – Ya z toboyu
- Alexander Balabanov – My dity zemli!
- Darina Krasnovetsky – Say Love
- Polina Pizartsova – Ty povir v lyubov
- Sofia Ivanko – Chomu?
Online voting is open from today until September 3, with the winner of the public. While online voting will be used to determine the Ukrainian participant for Junior Eurovision 2018, it will be used to guide the jury who will make the final decision. On the jury are:
- 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
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.