UA:PBC has suspended its selection for Eurovision Young Musicians 2020, following the contests postponement.
The Ukrainian public broadcaster has announced that it has suspended the nations search for its representative for Eurovision Young Musicians 2020. Over thirty musicians had applied to represent Ukraine in Zagreb, Croatia.
Board member of UA:PBC Yaroslav Lodygin explained:
We are sorry that the selection had to be stopped and we wish good health to all its future participants. We reaffirm our intention to participate in the Eurovision for Young Musicians if they postpone it for security later this year or the next.
The European Broadcasting Union and HRT confirmed that Eurovision Young Musicians 2020 had been postponed on March 18. The contest had been due to take place in Zagreb, Croatia on June 17 and 21. The broadcasters who were due to compete this year were:
• Croatia (HRT)
• Czech Republic (CT)
• Estonia (ERR)
• Germany (WDR)
• Greece (ERT)
• Malta (PBS)
• Norway (NRK)
• Poland (TVP)
• Slovenia (RTVSLO)
• Sweden (SVT)
• Ukraine (UA:PBC)
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.