After revealing the finalists of its upcoming National Selection last week, Ukrainian national broadcaster Suspilne has revealed the jury that will help decide Ukraine’s next participant at the 2022 Junior Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in Yerevan this December. Additionally, Suspilne has revealed that Timur Miroshnychenko will once again be hosting the contest.
Who is Timur Miroshnychenko
Eurovision grandee Timur Miroshnychenko will once again return to hosting duties. Timur has long been associated with Ukraine’s Eurovision participation having been the the country’s commentator for Junior Eurovision fourteen times, and has commentated every adult Eurovision (bar one) since 2007. Outside of Ukraine, Timur will be best known for hosting the 2009 (with Ani Lorak), and 2013 editions of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest when they were both held in Kyiv. Additionally, he formed part of the trio that hosted the adult contest in 2017.
The Three Jurors
In a unique change to its selection, it was revealed that the public would be able to select the jury that will help decide who will represent Ukraine at the upcoming Junior Eurovison Song Contest. The three jurors are Khrystyna Solovii, Myroslava Salii, and Anzhelika Rudnytska. Solovii is an award winning singer-songwriter, and received 26% of the vote. Salii is a vocal teacher who founded the Pravytsia Children’s Folklore Studio, and received 19% of the vote. Finally, Rudnytska is a television presenter who has also created a number of arts festivals. She recevied 15% of the vote.
Ukraine’s national selection is set to take place on Sunday the 18th of September at 18:00 local time, and will be broadcast on Suspilne Kultura and via Youtube.
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 2021, Ukraine selected its representative through a national final, where Olena Usenko won the right to represent the nation with “Vazhil”, which managed to place 6th receiving 125 points from the jury and online vote.
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News Source: UA:PBC
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