After being absent from Eurovision in 2015, NTU in cooperation with commercial broadcaster STB have organized the biggest national selection format that the country has ever seen till now. The first out of three shows set took place tonight live from Kiev and three acts out of the 9 competing went directly to the final after catching the highest scores from the combination of the votes from the expert panel and the Ukrainian audience.You can find them below (in bold):
- Jamala “1944”
- The Hardkiss “Helpless”
- Brunettes Shoot Blondes “Every Monday”
- Svetlana Tarabarova “Never Again”
- Vladislav Kurasov “I’m Insane“
- Aida Nikolaychuk “Inner Power”
- Lavika “Hold Me”
- Tonya Matvienko “Tin Whistle”
- Anastasia Prikhodko “I Am Free Now”
The show was hosted by Dmytro Tankovich and Oleksandr Pedan and started at 19:00 local time. The jury panel is formed by Konstantin Meladze, Ruslana and Verka Serduchka’s actor, Andry Danylko.
Next week another 9 acts will battle out for the remaining three spots in the grand final which is taking place on the 21st of February!
Who do you want to represent Ukraine in Stockholm? Stay tuned!