UA:PBC, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, has launched its national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
The Ukrainian national selection will be held online for the third consecutive year. Applications can be made on junioreurovision.ua from August 5 to 25. Applications can be made with or without an original song. Any applications that meet the requirements will be published on junioreurovision.ua with the hashtag #uajesc2020.
A total of 11 artists will be chosen for the final between August 26 and 27. The finalists will include eight with original songs, two with cover songs and the finalist whose video received the most likes.
From August 28 to September 4, UA:PBC will publish the final line-up. The finalists with original songs will record final version of their songs and the finalists without original songs will receive songs and record them.
The voting will take place between September 5 and 8. A combination of online voting and a professional jury will decide which finalist will represent Ukraine in Warsaw. The results will be announced no later than September 12.
Sophia Ivanko represented Ukraine last year in Gliwice with her self-composed entry “The Spirit of Music”. She finished 15th with 59 points.
Junior Eurovision 2020
Junior Eurovision 2020 is to be held on November 29 in the Polish capital of Warsaw. The competition is being hosted by the Polish public broadcaster TVP, after Viki Gabor took victory with the song “Superhero”. The show will be staged in a TV studio facility in Warsaw, not a large arena as has been seen in previous years.
To date, the following countries have confirmed participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Poland:
Image Source: JuniorEurovision.tv / Source: UA:PBC
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
Ukraine debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 and has competed in the contest ever since. To date Ukraine has only won the competition once. In 2012 Anastasiya Petryk won in Amsterdam with the song “Nebo”, she scored 138 points including eight sets of 12 points. Ukraine has hosted the contest twice, the first time being in 2009 and the second being in 2013 following their victory in Amsterdam.