Ukraine’s national broadcaster UA:PBC has released plans to hold its national selection for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest – Vidbir 2023. The show is due to take place on the 17th of December, 2022.
What we know about Vidbir 2023
In addition to the date of the final, UA:PBC confirmed that the competition will take place in the Independence Square metro station in Kyiv. Rehearsals will take place in the days ahead of the national final, which have a custom built stage in the station.
Vidbir 2023 will be hosted by Timur Miroshnychenko. A second host will also be invited to host, and will be suggested by participating artists. A 50/50 jury-televote split in results will be used to determine the winner, with the jury consisting of no more than 3 people.
Interested artists will be able to formally submit the technical aspect of their entries between September 9th and September 30th. In this application, artists will need to include a visual concept of their performance within the limits of the stage. No artists will be considered if there are connections to Russia or Belarus, as a result of the ongoing war.
The overall cost of the national final is expected to be around 100,000 UAH (equivalent to €2,750 / £2,400).
Ukraine’s Eurovision journey
Ukraine is one of the most successful countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has scored eight top-five placements, with an extra three top-ten finishes. Ukraine won the Contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944”. Jamala’s win made history for Ukraine, as it became the first ex-Soviet country to win the Contest more than once.
In 2022, Kalush Orchestra represented Ukraine in the 66th edition of the Contest with their song “Stefania”. The band scored 614 points, finishing in first place, marking Ukraine’s third victory.
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News Source: Suspilne Media
Photo Credit: UA:PBC