The TV network 1+1 is looking at whether they will cooperate with UA:PBC on a new selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Maksym Kryvytskyi the General Producer of 1+1 has stated that the network has not ruled out working on a Eurovision selection show for Ukraine with UA:PBC. 1+1 is currently the third-largest TV network in Ukraine and currently produces The Voice Ukraine and Dancing With The Stars.
Speaking to Detector Media, he explained that:
I do not rule out. And looking at what you mean by “do”. For our team to produce a show of this level is a challenge. Of course, if this has a chance to happen, we will be grateful.
Mr Kryvytskyi added:
Everything is not so simple in this show, so we are thinking about how to make a scheme that is beneficial for us. Maybe we’ll make an offer. Maybe not – I don’t know yet
Should 1+1 decide to co-operate it would likely result in increased interest in the contest from the Ukrainian public, with the channel averaging a share of 8.96% of viewers compared to STB’s 7%. UA:PBC is currently looking at creating a new selection following the end of co-operation with STB.
Go_A finished 5th in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2021 scoring a total of 364 points. “Shum” has gone viral globally and became the first-ever Ukrainian song to enter the Billboard charts. Ukraine was the public’s second favourite with 267 points.
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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.