Whilst we are in the full swing of Junior Eurovision National Final season, broadcasters are continuing to update us with how the selection of their next Junior Eurovision representative. The next country to give us an update is Ukraine. UA:PBC has confirmed that it has received 118 entries for its national selection. The submissions consist of 3 bands and 115 soloists, who have expressed their interest in representing Ukraine in Paris.
What happens next?
Now that the submissions are close, the organizing committee of the national selection will now go through the applications and shortlist 12 to 16 finalists by October 5. The applicants who sang an original song in the first round of the selection will be provided with a new song.
As we have previously reported, Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision National Final is scheduled to take place on October 23 and will air on UA:KULTURA. Ukraine’s next Junior Eurovision representative will be decided by a professional jury and online vote.
Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Junior Eurovision 2021 will take place in Paris, France following Valentina’s victory in JESC 2020 with “J’imagine”. The contest will be held in La Seine Musicale on December 19th. 19 countries will be competing in the 19th edition of the competition:
- France (Host)
- The Netherlands
- North Macedonia
You can keep up with our JESC 2021 coverage here.
Ukraine’s Junior Eurovision Journey
In 2006, Ukraine made their debut to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, with Nazar Slyusarchuk and the song “Khlopchyk Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Хлопчик рок ‘н’ ролл), which placed 9th. Since their debut, the Eastern European nation has participated 15 times and even won once in 2012 with Anastasiya Petryk and her song “Nebo” (Небо).
In 2020, Ukraine selected its representative through a national final, where Oleksandr Balabanov won the right to represent the nation with “Vidkryvai (Open Up)”. Oleksandr managed to place 7th receiving 106 points from the jury and online vote.
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News Source: UA:PBC
Photo Source: EBU / Stijn Smulders