The Ukrainian national broadcaster has informed Eurovoix that they intend to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
UA:PBC has informed Eurovoix that they are intending to participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The broadcaster has not yet submitted the required paperwork to the European Broadcasting Union. UA:PBC stated that they expect to submit the paperwork in mid September which would allow the nation to take to the Eurovision stage once again next May.
It is not yet known whether UA:PBC will be continuing to co-operate with the private broadcaster STB on the nations participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. STB has taken on the cost of running the Ukrainian selection process as well as staging the winning act at the competition. While UA:PBC pays for the cost of the participation fee in the competition.
Mélovin placed 17th in the Grand Final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. He received 130 points with his song “Under the Ladder”. 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.