Ukraine 2016: national final in February
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
PRESS RELEASE (KYIV, UKRAINE) – National Television Company of Ukraine in cooperation with another TV channel STB starts searching for the hopefuls who will take part in the national selection for Eurovision Song Contest-2016. The National selection in Ukraine will be held in several stages involving artists from different regions of Ukraine.
The first stage will be held from 19.11.2015 till 15.01.2016 and it presupposes submitting the applications, preliminary auditions in 6 biggest cities of Ukraine and selecting (20-40) winners who continue to compete in the next stages.
The second stage will be held in February 2016. It’s gonna be a semifinal of the National Selection that will take place in Kyiv. It comprises 3 or 4 rounds. One winner of the first stage can participate in one of the rounds of the second stage. 7-8 participants will compete in each round. The winners of the second stage are chosen by the jury and viewers. As a result of the semifinals 8-12 finalists are chosen: 2-3 from each round. The semifinal of the National Selection will be broadcast live on UA Pershyi and STB Channel.
The third stage will be held in February, 2016. It’s a Final of the National Selection where only the finalists chosen as a result of the previous stage are allowed to take part. The winner of the National Final is selected as a result of mixed voting: jury and viewers and is announced during the live broadcasting.
The requirements to the entries are written in the general rules of the National Selection published on the web-site: and are common for all entries of the international ESC-2016.
The auditions of the candidates will take place in big cities of Ukraine, such as Zhaporizhia, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv. The schedule of the auditions has been announced on the websites:
05 – 06 December – Zaporizhia and Kharkiv
12 – 13 December – Odessa and Lviv
19 – 20 December – Dnipropetrovsk and Kyiv
All the artists (both solo artists and bands), composers, lyricists who are interested in taking part in the National Selection have to submit their application online. The Ukrainian public broadcaster UA Pershyi and STB TV channel will try to do their best to make a right choice of the representative of Ukraine on ESC-2016 and to make it possible for all the Ukrainians to watch and be involved in the national selection.