STB and UA:PBC have confirmed today that Jamala, Andriy Danylko and Yevhen Filatov will remain on the jury for Vidbir.
The jury for Vidbir 2019, the Ukrainian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed today. The jury is unchanged from 2018 and will feature:
- Jamala – Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
- Andriy Danylko – Comedian and performer behind Verka Serduchka
- Yevhen Filatov (Eugene Filatov) – Music producer
The Head of the selection for STB commented;
We are pleased with this jury and we still do not see the need to change it. Each of our judges is a professional, everyone is strong in their direction. They perfectly complement each other. Their ratings and the difference in the views on the best song create a field for heated discussions. Who knows, this year something new will be waiting for us, and our jury members will be unanimous in choosing the winner
The participants in Vidbir 2019 are to be revealed no later than January 21 by STB and UA:PBC.
The Semi-Finals are set to take place at the Palace of Culture on 9th and 16th of February 2019, with the final taking place on February 23rd. Ruslan Kvinta remains as the Producer of the show, while Sergey Pritula will host the competition.
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.