O.Torvald will represent the home nation this year with their song ”Time”. After 3 semi finals the winner was decided in the grand final by televotes and a jury. After a 50/50 split vote, O.Torvald emerged as the winner . The national selection show has not been as turbulent as the run up to the main event in May. The filming of the national selection took place at The National Technical University of Ukraine. In their filming studio, which is bigger then the stage from the 2016 show. This showed that they are keen to improve on their standards.
Twenty-four acts competed throughout the Ukrainian national selection, however only 6 managed to qualify to tonight’s grand final of the competition, continuing their bid to represent Ukraine at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Following performances from both France’s internally selected representative Alma as well as Poland’s act for Eurovision 2017 Kasia Moś, the results were revealed one by one. The first half of the results were presented by the jury, which saw Tayanna, O.Torvald and Illaria placing in the top 3, meaning that it was down to the public televote to determine who should represent the nation in Kyiv. Just like last year, it was a tie-breaker which decided who will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, as both Tayanna and O.Torvald finished up with 10 points. However, O.Torvald got 5 points from the televote, compared to 4 for Tayanna, and hence won the national selection.
Even though Tayanna won the jury voting, and Melovin won the public voting, O. Torvald finished in second place in both, and overall it was enough for them to win the competition.
Not something Ukraine has ever done in Eurovision, a rock band of five members is certainly a standout of the show. The band appeared on steep cliff platforms in white ripped cloth outfits with a timebomb-like countdown attached to them. It’s a powerful and energetic rock entry, chanting ”time can do miracles”. Towards the end of the performance, fire erupted in the back, with the countdown turning green as it was close to reaching the end. Jamala praised its production, while Meladze favoured the band’s emotion. Danylko, however, was skeptical about its potential, but ended up favouring it.
O.Torvald is composed of lead singer Zhenia Halych, guitarist Denys Myziuk, drummer Sasha Solokha, bass guitarist Mykyta Vasyliev, and DJ Polarnik. The band was founded in the city of Poltava but relocated to Kyiv in 2006 where they began performing to large venues with thousands of spectators. They released their first album in 2008. Their lead singer Zhenia Halych starred in a new Ukrainian film “Fight rules.” The band was also nominated for “Best Rock Band” and “Best Artist’s Management” YUNA awards. But Halych kept it cool: “Nomination? What nomination?” he said. “Oh, it’s the “Best party-goers’ nomination definitely. That will be us.”
Ukraine will directly perform in the Grand Final of the Eurovision and its entry number will be decided by lot in the next period.