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Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2017

NTU, the Ukrainian national broadcaster, has released the dates for the country’s upcoming national selection which will decide Ukraine’s representative for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Taking place throughout February 2017, the live shows for the Ukrainian national selection will take place over the course of 4 weeks. The live shows will air live on both NTU and STB from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. The grand final will be held on Saturday 25 February. That Saturday is shaping up to be one of the Super Saturdays of the 2017 national final season, with the grand final for Denmark also taking place, along with semi-finals for Iceland and Sweden.

National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) revealed that they are very satisfied about their colaboration with STB, which is a commercial broadcaster: “We were fully satisfied with our cooperation with TV channel STB and strive to continue it,” Zurab Alasania, the CEO of the National Television Company of Ukraine, said of their cooperation in 2016. “Highly professional colleagues, their vast experience in entertainment formats brought the national selection to a new level.”

Last year, Ukraine’s national final gave one of the most exciting battles for the win of all national finals, as the battle between The Hardkiss and Jamala had Eurovision fans glued to their YouTube feeds over the course of three weeks. And taking a view at the ESC results, it looks like the Ukrainians really know what song to choose.

The competition will also include an online wildcard. Songs are uploaded to a website and are voting on by the public. The song with the most votes by 15 January will win a place in the grand final. The vote is currently led by folk-pop group Kuznetsov — a group that awkwardly shares its name with the dilapidated flagship vessel of the Russian navy. Their song “Deep Shivers” currently has over 65,000 votes.

The semi-finals will see each of the audition qualifiers perform their entries live for the first time to the public, who will be judged by the expert panel consisting of members Konstantin Meladze (composer and producer) and Jamala (Eurovision 2016 winner). Natalia Franchuk, the head of the national selection for Eurovision 2017, is enthused that the Eurovision 2016 winner is on board. She said: “We are very pleased that Jamala has become the second jury member. Generally speaking, after the victory of Ukraine at the Eurovision 2016, there could not be another candidate. For us, Jamala is not only a judge of the national selection, she knows what it takes to get victory in the international song contest, and we will be able to share this experience with the new representative of Ukraine as much as possible, to repeat her success in 2017.”

Qualifiers from the semi-finals will compete in the Grand Final on the 25 February, where the winner will be decided via a 50/50 jury/public vote.

Natalia Franchuk, the head of the country’s national selection format, said that this year’s selection will be even more ambitious and that the networks may increase the number of live shows. There were two semi-finals and a final for the 2016 edition.

The broadcaster has already revealed some of the submitted songs. The already revealed artists are Lyolya, L.A., Alex Angel&Lady Gala and C.O.D.

There is no odds on Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2017 yet.