Ukraine: Sergiy Prytula to host national selection

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Excitement builds around the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2017 as Sergey Prytula is announced as the host of the 4 selection shows.

Sergiy Prytula is a Ukrainian television presenter and actor born in the city of Zbarazh. Prytula has extensive hosting experience having presented a numerous number of shows around the country, a career spanning over 10 years.

Speaking of the choice of host for the Ukrainian national selection, STB’s General Producer Galina Pilyutikova revealed:

Our creative team has set a goal – each new season of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest should not be like the previous editions. So this year there will be changes within the jury. In particular, the winner of Eurovision 2016 Jamala has become one of our judges.

And we have invited a leading and, in our opinion, one of the most prominent presenters in Ukraine – Sergiy Prytula. We are very pleased that Sergiy has accepted our offer, and we are confident that his vast experience and innate sense of humour will decorate the live national selection.

Prytula spoke of his upcoming hosting opportunity:

I am very excited to join the team of the national selection. Like millions of Ukrainians, I have closely followed the course of last year’s selection […] and I fully share the opinion of music critics, that it was a strong national selection in recent years. When I was asked to host the future show, I did not hesitate for a moment.

Ukrainian selection for Eurovision 2017

The online process of selecting an act for the Ukrainian live shows is currently underway where Ukrainian residents are invited to vote for their favourite online submission. The act with the most votes will qualify to the live shows.

As well as the online selection, auditions are currently underway throughout Ukraine where acts are invited to perform in one of the 6 possible audition cities. In total, between 20-40 acts will be chosen to compete in the live stages of the selection.

The Ukrainian national selection well consist of a total of 4 live shows, taking place on the 4, 11, 18 and 25 February 2017.

The winner will be determined via a 50/50 combined jury/public vote, with the act receiving the most votes going on to represent the host nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Kyiv.

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