Natalia Hordienko has been revealed as the first participant in Ukraine’s Eurovision selection show.
UA:PBC has revealed that Natalia Hordienko will participate in Vidbir 2019 with her song “Hrim” (Thunder). This is following the announcement that the 2019 edition will be formed of three shows, two semi-finals on February 9 and 16 and a final on February 23. Ruslan Kvinta remains as the Producer of the show, while Sergey Pritula will host the competition.
The first candidate to participate in #Vidbir2019! ????
Natalia Hordienko has presented her song for #Vidbir2019 – “Hrim” (“Thunder”). Your thoughts about the artist and the song? ????????
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In previous editions of Vidbir, the final featured six budding artists vying for the chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. Since its introduction, the show has also featured intervals from contestants that had already been chosen that year. For example, last year Madame Monsieur from France and Mikolas Josef from the Czech Republic sang their Eurovision songs in the final.
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.