Ukraine: O.Torvald to represent the host nation at Eurovision 2017!

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The results are in and we have a winner! O.Torvald has won the Ukrainian national selection with the song Time and will represent the host nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv this coming May.

It’s been a busy month in Ukraine with the country’s national selection running from the start of February up until this evening.

Twenty-four acts competed throughout the Ukrainian national selection, however only 6 managed to qualify to tonight’s grand final of the competition, continuing their bid to represent Ukraine at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Tonight’s winner was determined via a combined 50% televote and 50% jury vote. As with previous shows, the jury consisted of 3 members; Konstantin Meladze, Andriy Danylko and Jamala.

The results

Following performances from both France’s internally selected representative Alma as well as Poland’s act for Eurovision 2017 Kasia Moś, the results were revealed one by one.

The first half of the results were presented by the jury, which saw Tayanna, O.Torvald and Illaria placing in the top 3, meaning that it was down to the public televote to determine who should represent the nation in Kyiv.

Combined results

Just like last year, it was a tie-breaker which decided who will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, as both Tayanna and O.Torvald finished up with 10 points. However, O.Torvald got 5 points from the televote, compared to 4 for Tayanna, and hence won the national selection. (In brackets: Jury+Televote=Total)

  1. O.TorvaldTime (5+5=10)
  2. TayannaI love you (6+4=10)
  3. MelovinWonder (2+6=8)
  4. RozhdenSaturn (3+2=5)
  5. IllariaThank you for my way (4+1=5)
  6. Salto NazadO mamo (1+3=4)

With the results combined, it was Torvald who reigned victorious in tonight’s show and will therefore represent Ukraine at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Time. Listen to the official Ukrainian entry below!

As the host nation, Ukraine will automatically compete in the grand final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on the 13 May at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. How will their 2017 fare against Jamala’s 1944?

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