One of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years has surely been Ukraine whose broadcaster NTU has been pulling all the stops in order to achieve extremely positive results. The year 2011 will surely be one to remember as according to our friends and partners at ESCdaily, it will be one of the longest.
In the coming days, the search for next years’ representative will be kicking off. The Ukrainian broadcaster, NTU has already announced that the castings will be taking place between Thursday 19th and Friday 20th August within the Olmeca Plage beach club in Kyiv. During this phase, singers can sing songs written either by themselves or Ukrainian songwriters except what they might be singing with regards to the selection because of the 1st October rule issued by the European Broadcasting Union. In the meantime, all of the performers will be relaxing following their performance and thus have been asked to bring swimwear. The list of 50 Quarter-Finalists will be published by NTU on the 21st August.
In September, there will be a show each week kicking off on the 5th September in which the castings are shown in just one hour and a half each time. Following this period, the 50 quarter-Finalists will be performing in two shows, one of the 3rd October featuring 25 artists and another on the 10th October featuring another 25 artists. From all of these performers, 30 semi-finalists meaning 15 from each quarter-final are chosen for to the next round. Once these have been picked, 10 semi-finals will be running from 17th October till 19th December with two participants eliminated each time between the first and seventh show with only one eliminated from the eight, ninth and tenth. The voting in this period will be a 50/50 split between Jury and Tele-Voting.
Following this stage, a gala concert will take place on the 26th December with 15 finalists set to starr whilst a national final tour will highlight Ukraine on the 15th January as it is expected to run through 20 cities in total. Then, the culmination of a six month selection will be reached on the 27th February when the possible entries for the Eurovision Song Contest will be officially presented and voted upon. In the meantime, the broadcaster also announced that Timur Miroshnichenko and Tetyana Honcharenko will be hosting all of the show.
Thus far, it should be noted that 50 performers have already applied for next years’ national selection although of course, there will be a lot of rounds to pass through. Notable applicants thus far include former Eurovision Song Contest participant Anastasiya Prikhodko who represented Russia in 2009 as well as last years New Wave contest winner Jamala.
Update: It has just been confirmed that Verka Serduchka has just entered the national selection within the first phase meaning that she is due to perform in the castings.
Source: NTU, ESCdaily