UKRAINE – After a tremendous year for Ukraine with the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest and its dispute with Russia, numerous scandals and penalties by the EBU, the country is trying to recover and remain loyal to the idea of the Eurovision Song Contest announcing its national selection for Lisbon.
For the third consecutive year UA:PBC and STB will collaborate for the production of the national selection.
Ruslan Kvinta (compose of the 2011 Eurovision entry, Angel) is taking over the position of Konstantin Meladze who arranged everything for the national selection but he will not be member of the jury!
I’m 20 years old in singing, and I spent ten of them performing this competition more closely, once as a composer. And it is always interesting to participate in the election as a representative of Ukraine as a music producer. This is the experience I want to share with the performers […] Today, the Ukrainian music scene has been remarkably advanced ; there are many interesting young names – singers, groups, composers who can adequately present us out of the country. Ukrainian melodies are the most beautiful in the world. I very much like artists combining folklore instruments and modern arrangements in their music when interesting co-operation has been created when the repertoire is saturated with our culture. But in this national election I want to see the most talented Ukrainian musicians working in different musical genres. And especially those who are ready to compete, not just those who want to become famous. It’s not enough to bring a song from your repertoire. Eurosong is a serious competition that requires preparation; there are no random chances and wins . I would advise anyone who wants to compete to prepare it as the most serious event in their creative career and to be the maximum professional, said Kvinta.
Applications for the Ukrainian election will last until January 15 , and on January 20 from fourteen to twenty performers (the number will depend on the quality) will be presented to the public. The semifinals are scheduled for February 10th and 17th, and the final for February 24th. The most basic conditions are that the song must be original, not commercially published before September 1, 2017, and it should last until 3:00 minutes.
Eurosong is not just a fun show, because nationwide national elections are viewed by thousands of fans around the world. Therefore, it is important for Ukraine to choose a representative at the highest level. UA: PBC does not cooperate for the first time with the STB on the national election for Eurosong and our experience about this cooperation is positive, and the audience appreciated our choice last year. I’m sure this year our co-operation will be rewarded with a quality and unforgettable show, and Ukraine with a well-deserved competitor in the final in Lisbon – said chief director Zurab Alassania , who last month criticized the selection of songs for the Ukrainian election for Eurosong 2017, they are “below average”.