Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country Ukraine
National selection
Selection processVidbir
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
10 February 2018
17 February 2018
Final:
24 February 2018
Selected entrantMélovin
Selected song"Under the Ladder"
Selected songwriter(s)Mike Ryals, Kostyantyn Bocharov, Anton Karskyi
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 179 points)
Final result17th, 130 points
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Ukraine participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Ukrainian entry for the 2018 contest was selected through a national final, which UA:PBC organised in collaboration with the commercial broadcaster STB.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Ukraine had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirteen times since its first entry in 2003.[1] The nation had won the contest on two occasions: in 2004 with the song "Wild Dances" performed by Ruslana and in 2016 with the song "1944" performed by Jamala. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004, Ukraine had managed to qualify to the final in every contest they participated in thus far. Ukraine had been the runner-up in the contest on two occasions: in 2007 with the song "Dancing Lasha Tumbai" performed by Verka Serduchka and in 2008 with the song "Shady Lady" performed by Ani Lorak. Ukraine's least successful result had been 24th place, which they achieved during the 2017 with the song "Time" performed by O.Torvald.

The Ukrainian national broadcaster, National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU), broadcasts the event within Ukraine and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. In the past, NTU had alternated between both internal selections and national finals iorder to select the Ukrainian entry. Between 2011 and 2014, NTU had set up national finals with several artists to choose both the song and performer to compete at Eurovision for Ukraine, with both the public and a panel of jury members involved in the selection. NTU withdrew from the contest for one year in 2015 due to the unstable financial and political situation caused by the conflict in east Ukraine.[2][3] In 2016, NTU collaborated with the commercial broadcaster STB in order to organise a national final to select Ukraine's entry, resulting in the selection of an entry that went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. NTU's collaboration with STB continued in 2018.

Before Eurovision[edit]

National final[edit]

The Ukrainian national final was held at the Palace of Culture "KPI" in Kyiv and consisted of two semi-finals held on 10 and 17 February 2018 and a final on 24 February 2018.

The expert jury that voted during the shows consisted of:

The Vidbir 2018 judges
Andriy Danylko
Jamala
Yevhen Filatov

Competing entries[edit]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Constantine "Misto" (City) Kostiantyn Dmytriyev, Ulyana Kushyk
Dilemma "Na Party" (In the party) Yevhen Bardachenko, Nazariy Herasymchuk
Illaria "Syla" (Power) Kateryna Pryshchepa
Ingret "Save My Planet" Ingret Kostenko, Oleksii Potapenko
Julinoza "Hto ya?"1 (Who am I?) Yulia Zaporozhets
Kadnay "Beat of the Universe" Dmytro Kadnay, Philipp Koliadenko
KAZKA "Dyva" (Wonders) Serhiy Yermolayev, Andriy Ihnatchenko, Serhiy Loksyn
Kozak System "Mamai" Mykola Brovchenko, Kozak System
Laud "Waiting" Vlad Karashchuk, Roman Cherenoy, Kateryna Rohova
Mélovin "Under the Ladder" Mike Ryals, Kostiantyn Bocharov, Anton Karskyi
Mountain Breeze "I See You" Oleksandr Biliak
Pur:Pur "Fire" Natalia Smirina
Serhiy Babkin "Kriz tvoyi ochi" (Through your eyes) Serhiy Babkin, Yefim Chupakin, Anton Malyshev, Yevhen Filatov
Tayanna "Lelya"2 Tetiana Reshetniak
The Erised "Heroes" Sonia Sukhorukova, Danylo Marin, Ihor Kyrylenko, Oleksander Liuliakin, Zak Ferum
The VIO "Nga-Nga" Myroslav Kuvaldin
Vilna "Forest Song" Iryna Vasylenko, Mykyta Reva, Yuriy Vodolazhskyi
Yurcash "Stop Killing Love" Yuriy Nechystiak
1.^ See the paper 'Romanization of Ukrainian.'
2.^ Lelya is the goddess of love and patron saint of young girls in Historical Slavic religion.

Shows[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final took place on 10 February 2018 in Palace of Culture KPI. The top three entries following the combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury advanced to the final of the competition, while the remaining six entries were eliminated. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2018 Czech Eurovision entrant Mikolas Josef performed the 2018 Czech entry "Lie to Me" as a guest.

Semi-final 1 – 10 February 2018
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote (SMS) / App Total Place
Percentage Points
1 Constantine "Misto" 7 5,05% 2 9 7
2 Serhiy Babkin "Kriz tvoyi ochi" 8 8,99% 4 12 5
3 Laud "Waiting" 9 14,84% 7 16 1
4 KAZKA "Dyva" 4 11,42% 5 9 6
5 The VYO "Ng'a-Ng'a" 2 4,35% 1 3 9
6 Kozak System "Mamai" 1 8,30% 3 4 8
7 Vilna "Forest Song" 3 17,66% 9 12 3
8 Pur:Pur "Fire" 6 11,91% 6 12 4
9 The Erised "Heroes" 5 17,49% 8 13 2
Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final take place on 17 February 2018 in Palace of Culture KPI. The top three entries following the combination of votes from a public televote and an expert jury will advance to the final of the competition, while the remaining six entries will be eliminated. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2018 French Eurovision entrant Madame Monsieur will perform the 2018 French entry "Mercy" as a guest.

Semi-final 2 – 17 February 2018
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote (SMS) / App Total Place
Percentage Points
1 Ingret "Save My Planet" 2 6,96% 3 5 7
2 Mélovin "Under the Ladder" 8 25,49% 9 17 1
3 Julinoza "Hto ya?" 4 4,70% 1 5 8
4 Tayanna "Lelya" 9 13,23% 7 16 2
5 Kadnay "Beat of the Universe" 7 15,40% 8 15 3
6 Yurcash "Stop Killing Love" 3 9,29% 5 8 6
7 Mountain Breeze "I See You" 6 10,69% 6 12 4
8 Illaria "Syla" 5 7,48% 4 9 5
9 Dilemma "Na Party" 1 6,47% 2 3 9
Final[edit]
Draw Artist Song Juries Televote (SMS) / App Total Place
Votes Percentage Points
1 Kadnay "Beat of the Universe" 3 33,392 18,61% 5 8 3
2 Tayanna "Lelya" 6 29,830 16,62% 4 10 2
3 The Erised "Heroes" 2 11,628 6,48% 1 3 6
4 Laud "Waiting" 4 20,744 11,56% 2 6 4
5 Vilna "Forest Song" 1 23,192 12,92% 3 4 5
6 Mélovin "Under the Ladder" 5 60,669 33,81% 6 11 1

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 29 January 2018, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Ukraine was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2018, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[4]

Once all the competing songs for the 2018 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Ukraine was set to perform in position 18, following the entry from Slovenia.[5]

Semi-final[edit]

Points awarded to Ukraine[edit]

Points awarded to Ukraine (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Ukraine (final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Final[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Ukrainian jury: [6]

  • Vitaliy Klimov – Chairperson – producer, music video director
  • Denys Zhupnyk – radio host, actor, singer
  • Artur Danielyan – sound producer, musician. DJ
  • Alla Moskovka (Alloise) – artist
  • Khrystyna Soloviy – singer, songwriter, musician
Split voting results from Ukraine (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
D. Zhupnyk A. Danielyan V. Klimov Alloise K. Soloviy Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Norway 8 11 6 10 16 10 1 3 8
02  Romania 10 16 8 7 8 9 2 16
03  Serbia 11 5 9 16 13 12 13
04  San Marino 13 10 11 17 14 16 17
05  Denmark 7 13 4 12 1 7 4 2 10
06  Russia 17 12 16 15 17 17 8 3
07  Moldova 14 15 5 14 15 14 1 12
08  Netherlands 1 4 2 2 2 1 12 11
09  Australia 3 3 10 6 6 5 6 12
10  Georgia 9 2 1 11 5 3 8 6 5
11  Poland 15 17 12 9 11 15 4 7
12  Malta 5 9 17 13 12 13 15
13  Hungary 16 14 14 4 9 11 9 2
14  Latvia 6 1 13 1 4 2 10 10 1
15  Sweden 2 8 3 5 7 4 7 7 4
16  Montenegro 12 7 15 8 3 8 3 14
17  Slovenia 4 6 7 3 10 6 5 5 6
18  Ukraine
Split voting results from Ukraine (final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
D. Zhupnyk A. Danielyan V. Klimov Alloise K. Soloviy Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Ukraine
02  Spain 17 16 25 23 7 18 24
03  Slovenia 2 9 14 3 16 6 5 17
04  Lithuania 14 22 11 16 17 20 9 2
05  Austria 6 4 5 12 3 4 7 14
06  Estonia 12 2 16 11 18 10 1 8 3
07  Norway 10 3 13 14 21 12 11
08  Portugal 24 21 18 24 9 23 25
09  United Kingdom 21 20 23 9 23 24 22
10  Serbia 13 12 17 22 19 22 21
11  Germany 20 19 7 17 8 14 12
12  Albania 4 15 6 18 15 11 18
13  France 22 5 1 2 1 1 12 4 7
14  Czech Republic 8 6 9 4 22 7 4 2 10
15  Denmark 15 18 8 13 2 8 3 3 8
16  Australia 5 10 19 5 14 9 2 19
17  Finland 16 24 22 20 24 25 23
18  Bulgaria 23 17 10 19 10 17 13
19  Moldova 11 23 12 15 25 19 5 6
20  Sweden 9 7 2 6 11 5 6 15
21  Hungary 25 11 24 7 13 15 10 1
22  Israel 3 1 3 8 4 2 10 1 12
23  Netherlands 1 13 4 1 5 3 8 16
24  Ireland 18 14 15 21 12 21 20
25  Cyprus 7 8 20 10 20 13 7 4
26  Italy 19 25 21 25 6 16 6 5

Points awarded by Ukraine[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ukraine Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ Україна бере тайм-аут на рік у конкурсі Євробачення. 1tv.com.ua (in Ukrainian). NTU. 19 September 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Eurovision 2015: Ukraine announces exit". bbc.com. BBC News. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  4. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 January 2018). "Which countries will perform in which Semi-Final at Eurovision 2018?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Running order for Eurovision 2018 Semi-Finals revealed". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ Groot, Evert (30 April 2018). "Exclusive: They are the expert jurors for Eurovision 2018". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2018.

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