MARUV has won Vidbir 2019 and will represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
The Ukrainian national final for Eurovision has just finished with MARUV selected to perform “Siren Song” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. UA:PBC which has contracted STB to run the selection process has however stated that MARUV is technicially not the nations entrant for Eurovision yet. The UA:PBC website states:
The public broadcaster has provided the winner of the national selection a contract with the terms of participation in the international song contest “Eurovision” to review. The official announcement of a representative of Ukraine at the “Eurovision 2019” will be held on completion of the check of musicians for compliance and after the signing of the contract.
Tonight’s winner was selected by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting. On the jury were:
- Jamala, Eurovision 2016 winner
- Andrey Danilko (aka Verka Serduchka), Eurovision 2007 runner-up
- Yevhen Filatov (The Maneken) – singer and producer, creator of ONUKA band
The running order of the show was as follows:
- Freedom Jazz – Cupidon – 10 points – 2nd
- YUKO – Galyna Guliala – 5 points – 5th
- MARUV – Siren Song – 11 points – 1st
- Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Houston – 5 points – 4th
- KAZKA – Apart – 8 points – 3rd
- ANNA MARIA – My Road – 3 points – 6th
Tonight’s final followed two semi-finals with 9 competing songs in each. The Grand Final also featured performances from Eurovision 2016 winnder Jamala and the French representative in the upcoming contest, Bilal Hassani with his entry “Roi”. As well as being broadcast on TV, the show was also aired on radio on UA:Radio Promin.
Watch the lyric video of MARUV’s Siren Song, below:
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
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. In 2017 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.