Eurovision 2017 host country Ukraine will start looking for the song and the artist that will represent them at this year’s grand final in Kiev on May 13th. Ukrainian national selection is made-up of three semi-final rounds prior to the grand final and exactly the same as in 2016, it will a co-production between Ukrainian Public Broadcasting Services (UA:PBC) and STB, who is used to set up TV talent competitions in the country such as the X-Factor.
An intensive period of auditions took place throughout the past months in the six major cities of Ukraine which simultaneously saw a wildcard selection process running through, which was won by the group Kuznetsov and «Deep Shivers». Despite being considered to make it directly to the final, the organizers considered and decided Kuznetsov would be taking part at the semifinals and finally were allocated in the second one. Apart from this, 23 acts were selected after a panel, led by music producer Konstantin Meladze, evaluated all the auditions.
The line up for tonight’s first show looks as it follows:
- SKAI – All My Love For You
- Roman Veremeychik & Lumiere – Make It Real
- Monochromea – Blue Bird
- Laliko – Sugar Whisper
- Salto Nazad – O, Mamo!
- MamaRika – We Are One
- Tayanna – I Love You
- Arsen Mirzoyan – Geraldine
Two acts will qualify to the final on the 25th of February, being selected by the combination of the votes from the panel in the studio (Jamala, Andriy Danilko & Konstantin Meladze) and the Ukrainian audience on an equal ratio percentage (50/50). The winner in the final show will also be selected by following the same procedure.
As special guests, group NAVI from Belarus and Tako Gachechiladze from Georgia will be performing their respective Eurovision 2017 entries on stage.
The show will be starting at 18:00 CET live from Kiev’s Igor Sikorsky Polytechnic Institute and will be presented by Ukrainian TV personality Sergey Prytula. You can watch it by tune into a live-stream transmission by clicking HERE and also on our multi-streaming platform.
You can still vote for your favorites of tonight’s first heat by clicking on the banner below, we will publish the prediction a few minutes before the show starts: