UKRAINE -The Ukrainian national broadcaster in collaboration with commercial TV station, STB will once again organise the national selection for choosing the song and artist(s) for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
VIDBIR 2020 will take place on February 22nd and the rules have been published. Among them it’s now officially and clearly stated that: “The participant of the national selection can be a performer or a team, who has not performed in a concert in the territory of the Russian Federation since 2014, and does not plan or announce it during the competition and the Eurovision final, and who has also not entered the territory of Crimea in violation of the legislation of Ukraine.”
Unfortunately, politics are involved once again in a national selection, despite EBeffortsst to abolish them (or even convince us that they do anything possible in their power to skip them from the Eurovision Song COntest).
Along the final, there will be two semi-finals for VIDBIR, set for February 8th and 15th respectively. Submissions due on January 20th. Sergiy Prytula will once again host the show, whilst Ruslan Kvinta will be the musical producer.
The CEO of the Ukrainian national broadcaster UA:PBC, Mr Zulab Alasania stated: Eurovision is a special song contest, because it is not only about music, it is about being able to represent your country in the world. That is why it is important for us, as the Public Broadcaster of Ukraine, to organize the selection together with STB in such a way that the representative of Ukraine is not only a talented and bright artist, but also one who fully understands this responsibility, shares the position and values of Ukrainian society and is ready to follow the rules competition; one who can best represent our country in the international arena.
The Managing Director of the private channel STB, Ms Lyudmila Semchuk added: After last year’s finale, we seriously considered what changes are needed to make our country present at Eurovision every year. Together with our colleagues from the Social, we held a number of meetings to develop all necessary amendments to the Rules, and this year we plan to pay special attention to the selection of the representative of Ukraine.
We are also waiting for details on the voting format and the members forming the national jury.