Ukraine will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has confirmed to ESCToday that they will be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is following their intent to participate, which was revealed a month after the 2018 contest. No further details on how they will select their participant has been released, however they have opted to use their national final Vidbir for the past few years.
Vidbir was first used to select their 2016 participant following their year absence from the contest in 2015. Jamala and her song “1944” was chosen to represent the country that year, and she went on to win the 2016 contest in Stockholm.
Ukraine was represented by Mélovin at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With his song “Under the Ladder”, he placed 17th in the Grand Final, ending with 130 points.
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.