Ukraine: National selection online voting stage begins [upd.]

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Following the opening of online submissions earlier this month, Ukrainian broadcasters NTU and STB have published a number of the submitted entries with online voting beginning today.

Earlier this month, online submissions opened via NTU and STB where artists and composers were able to submit their bidding entries for the upcoming Ukrainian national selection. Following compliance checks, NTU and STB will upload each of the submitted entries over the next few months where the national public will be able to vote for their favourite entries.

Online voting begins

From today up until the 15 January 2017 at midnight, the Ukrainian public will be given the opportunity to listen to each of the submitted online entries where they will then be able to vote for their favourite entries.

The public have up to 1 vote a day per IP address up until the closing date, with the artist and entry with the most votes going on to qualify to the semi-final stage of the selection. In the event of a tie, the entry which received the most amount of vote first will be crowned the online winner.

Ukrainian nationals can view each of the online submissions via STB’s website as of today and can now vote for their favourite entry. More entries will continue to be uploaded and published over the coming months.

29/09: Update

Following confusion regarding the online selection process for the Ukrainian national selection, the national broadcaster STB has highlighted and altered some of the rules and requirements for the submission process.

  • Artists should only submit their national selection entry to the broadcaster; songs must not have been made public via social media, concerts or public events before the 1 September 2016.
  • Submissions opened on the 1 September 2016 and will close on the 1 January 2017; within that time frame, artists will be able to submit their entries to the broadcaster.
  • As it’s understandable that not every artist is able to shoot a video, audio recordings are also being accepted. More details can be found via STB’s website.

Currently, a total of 15 valid entries have been submitted to the online selection where members of the national public are able to vote for their favourite entry. Vote here!

Audition stage

As well as online submissions, artists will be able to audition in one of the six selected cities around Ukraine (Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Odessa, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kiev) over the following months.

Starting from the 6 November 2016 and ending on the 15 January 2017, audition dates and times at each of the cities will be revealed in due course via NTU and STB.

A total of between 20-40 acts will be shortlisted from the audition stage to compete in the semi-final stage of the selection, with 7-12 performing in each show and 2-3 qualifying from each semi-final to the grand final. The final is set to take place in February 2017.

A full set of rules and regulations can be found via STB’s official website.

The winner of the upcoming Ukrainian national selection will represent the host nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, taking place at the International Exhibition Centre in the capital of Kiev following Jamala‘s victory in the 2016 competition with her song 1944.

The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 9, 11 and 13 May 2017.