Jamala will perform at the final of Ukraine’s Eurovision selection show this Saturday.
Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has revealed that Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala will perform at the final of Vidbir 2020 this upcoming weekend. The singer, who won the 2016 contest with her song “1944”, was previously a judge on the Ukrainian selection show from 2017 to 2019.
Long time no see! Jamala is coming back to #Vidbir2020 ✨
The winner of Eurovision 2016 will perform in the Grand Final next Saturday 🔥 pic.twitter.com/WuBpFOuOp9
— Ukraine at Eurovision 🇺🇦 (@uapbc) February 15, 2020
The running order for the Grand Final is as follows:
- KRUTЬ – 99
- Jerry Heil – Vegan
- GO-A – Solovei
- David Axelrod – Horizon
- Khayat – Call For Love
- TVORCHI – Bonfire
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.