Mélovin will perform in the first semi-final of Vidbir 2020.
This Saturday the first semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision selection show Vidbir will take place, featuring eight artists who will perform for the chance of qualifying to the Grand Final on February 22nd. It has been revealed that Mélovin, Ukraine’s 2018 representative, will be performing in the interval. Mélovin finished 17th in the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with his song “Under the Ladder”.
Of course, one of our guests this Saturday is our fellow MELOVIN 🇺🇦
Who’s excited for his performance? More announcements to come 🔥 pic.twitter.com/4MAVQlOKCU
— Ukraine at Eurovision 🇺🇦 (@uapbc) February 4, 2020
Competing in the first semi-final is:
- Band [O]
- JERRY HEIL
- Katya Chilly
Vidbir 2020 will consist of two semi-finals and a final. The semi-finals will take place on February 8 and 15, while the final will take place on February 22. All three shows will be hosted by Serhii Prytula.
The voting in all three shows will consist of 50% jury voting and 50% public voting. The jury will consist of Andrii Danylko (Verka Serduchka, 2007), Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006) and Vitalii Drozdov (director-general of Hit FM Radio).
On their last participation in 2018, Ukraine finished 17th in the final with “Under the Ladder” by Mélovin. MARUV was due to represent the country in Tel Aviv with “Siren Song”. However, MARUV and UA:PBC could not come to an agreement on her participation for a number of reasons, including MARUV’s upcoming performances in Russia. As such, Ukraine were forced to withdraw from the 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.