UA:PBC has revealed that the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 reached 2.5 million viewers across Ukraine.
During the course of the final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, a total of 2.5 million viewers watched at least one minute of the competition. This years contest in Minsk, Belarus had an audience share of 2.23%, which is double what the 2017 contest in Tbilisi, Georgia achieved.
UA:PBC was praised by other delegations for the quality of their entry and performance at Junior Eurovision which was entirely produced in house at the broadcaster. Ukraine had originally withdrawn from the competition due to financial issues, but was added to the line up as the 20th competing country.
Ukraine was represented by Darina Krasnovetska and her song “Say Love”, finishing 4th with 182 points. Ukraine was 4th in the jury vote with 102 points and 4th in the online vote receiving 78 points.
Who is Darina Krasnovetska?
Eleven-year-old Darina Krasnovetska was born on 12th May 2007 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. The young singer has been taking singing classes for over five years, and her other hobbies include travelling, contemporary dancing, painting, and playing the piano. Her greatest achievements in her career include participating in The Voice Kids in Ukraine, and winning the Black Sea Games two times.
In September this year, Darina and nine other artists took part in the Ukrainian Junior Eurovision selection show. In the end, Darina took the crown after the jury panel of music experts decided she would be the best candidate.
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.