Darina Krasnovetsky will represent Ukraine at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Minsk, Belarus.
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has announced that Darina Krasnovetsky will represent the country in the upcoming Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Say Love”. The broadcaster chose to organise an online selection this year due to financial difficulties, which saw 10 artists compete. Darina came third in the online public vote, however the jury panel made up of 5 music experts made the final decision.
Competing in the selection was:
- 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?
Ukraine initially withdrew from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, citing financial difficulties within the broadcaster. However, they were added to 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.