Today, the Ukrainian broadcaster NTU has finally sent an entry to the European Broadcasting Union in order to participate in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Alyosha, who was chosen last Saturday out of 20 competitors taking part in Ukraine's second national final of the year, will be singing Sweet people in Oslo.
This completes the participants list for Eurovision 2010. Back in November, singer Vasyl Lazarovich was internally selected by the broadcaster NTU, ruled by a different board back then, to represent Ukraine in Oslo. A national final to select the entry to be performed by him was held some weeks ago, but as a result of the change of government in the country and therefore the new board at NTU, the whole process was invalidated and a new call for songs was launched.
The new national final in Ukraine took place last Saturday, after just two days of auditions and preview airings. 20 acts competed for the ticket to Oslo, among which was Vasyl Lazarovich. Evetually, Alyosha was selected to enter the contest for Ukraine with the song To be free, which was found to have been released some two years ago, therefore making it ineligible to represent Ukraine. The EBU then fined NTU over the entry submission delay and an additional fine for every next day after the deadline with no entry submission.
UPD Listen to Sweet people below:
Alyosha will sing Sweet people at the second semifinal of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, concretely at spot number 8.