OGAE Ukraine has reported that the final of Vidbir 2022 is set for February 12 along with more details about the final.
The Ukrainian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is set to be held on February 12 according to OGAE Ukraine. The date comes alongside the fan club reporting that Friends Production will the producer of Vidbir 2022.
Friends Production has is one of the largest producers of television in Ukraine and has worked with a wide range of TV stations in the nation. Alexey Goncharenko founded the company in 2009 and is also said to be the lead producer of Vidbir 2022.
Last year UA:PBC has announced it will independently broadcast the national selection and the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 without private broadcasters’ support and launched a tender for the production of Vidbir 2022. Based on the news reported by OGAE Ukraine it seems Friends Production won this tender. Friends Production will also need to create a backup tape if needed and staging of the winner at Eurovision2022.
Based on OGAE Ukraine reporting the current date is said to be February 12, but this has yet to be confirmed by UA:PBC. The final also has a reported running time of 150 minutes. Based on the terms of the tender the broadcast of the national final had to take at the latest from February 12 and finish by March 4th.
A jury is set to return to Vidbir 2022 with the Ukrainian representative being chosen by a combination of public and jury voting. The names of the jury members are still not known.
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 favorite with 267 points.
Image Source: UA:PBC/Anastasiia Mantach | Source: OGAE
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.