Jury Selects Final Candidates for Eurovision 2019
The first stage of the National Selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Kyiv. 8 participants competed for the privilege to make it to the final of the National Selection. As a result, the audience and the jury selected 3 final candidates — "YUKO", "Maruv" and the band with the pretty interesting name "BrunETtes Shoot Blondes"
This year, the 2019 Eurovision National Selection has opened new formats and names. The contest opened with a song by The Hypnotunez, a jazz-punk band from Vinnytsia.
“We play a rather interesting mix. It incorporates swing, jazz, and we combine it with punk rock, garage music, and blues. We call it jazz punk,” lead singer of the Hypnotunes, Gera Luidze said.
One more eccentric band is ЦеШо [Tsesho], a musical theater created by Vlad Troitsky.
“It’s so great that from year to year we see new names, we listen to new music, and we see new developments in Ukraine,” jury member of the 2019 Eurovision national selection committee, Yevhen Filatov said.
Not all of the contestants are newcomers to the Eurovision National Selection. The band BrunЕttes Shoot Blondes and the singer Maruv took part in the contest in 2016. This time they came here with new images and songs.
“My favorites here are Maruv, Yuko and, of course, in the next semi-final, I want to see Kazka. These are three titans for me, and I support them,” a singer, Anna Dobrydnieva said.
In total, 16 bands and singers take part in 2 National Selection stages. The song that will represent Ukraine at Eurovision hosted by Israel is to be selected on February 23. This year, 42 countries will participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.