Andriy Danylko has been confirmed as the first juror on the judging panel for the Ukrainian selection Vidbir 2020.
Andriy Danylko will be on the jury for the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest for a fifth year running. Andriy is best known to fans of the contest for his drag person Verka Serduchka, who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.
Verka performed the song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” on stage in Helsinki and finished 2nd with a total of 235 points. Since then Verka has made numerous appearances at the contest including as the Ukrainian spokesperson in 2016, and as part of the interval act at the 2019 contest.
Vidbir will be used once again to select Ukraine’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest next year. The shows will take place in February, and will be hosted by Sergey Prytula.
The dates for the shows are as follows:
- Semi-Final 1 – 8th February 2020
- Semi-Final 2 – 15th February 2020
- Final – 22nd February 2020
The 2020 edition of Vidbir will feature a new rule, following the controversy with Maruv this year. UA:PBC states:
“This year’s selection will take place with the updated rules: with conditions for restricting the performances of the competitors in Russia. From now on the participant of the national selection can be a performer or a team, who has not performed in a concert in the territory of the Russian Federation since 2014, and does not plan or announce it during the competition and the Eurovision final, and who has also not entered the territory of Crimea in violation of the legislation of Ukraine.”
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.