As we get closer to finding out who will represent Ukraine at the 2021 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, the preparations for the show are now taking place. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation in Ukraine, UA:PBC has announced a change of format, on how the show will take place. The decision was made in order to ensure the safety of the participants and their parents.
How will the show take place?
The show will still be broadcasted live. However, the thing that would be different, is that the participants’ performances will be pre-recorded and be shown live. Only the jury members and the presenters of the show will be in the studio for the live broadcast.
The performances of the participants will be recorded in the same conditions and will be scheduled in order to minimize contact and ensure the safety of the participants. The participants taking part in this week’s competition and their entry are:
- Arsenii Hryshchenko – “Redemption”.
- Anastasiia Doroshenko (Nana Do) – “Svit nadliudei” (The World of Super People).
- Daryna Zinchenko – “Save This World”
- Karina Kornuta – “Save This World”
- Daryna Kryvenko – “Kosy khmarochosy” (Skyscraping Braids).
- Angelina McFarlane (RREALINA) – “Angel of Light”.
- Veronika Morska – “Save This World”
- Yelyzaveta Petruk – “Save This World”
- Daria Rebrova – “Make Me Happy”.
- Sofiia Skvaruk – “Golden Time”.
- Mariia Tkachuk – “Pazly svitu” (Puzzles of the World).
- Olena Usenko – “Vazhil” (Leverage).
The next Junior Eurovision representative for Ukraine will be determined by 50% Jury Voting and 50% Online Voting and will take place on UA:Kultura on October 23.
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