Tonight it will be decided who shall represent Ukraine in Athens this May, as the TV talent show Ty-zirka (You're a star) reaches its conclusion. Tina Karol, Irina Rozenfeld and Kirill Turichenko are left in the running after a series of shows which reduced the original twelve performers down to three.
Ukrainian broadcaster NTU is keeping details of the songs and their authors under wraps until the show goes live. It is however known after enquiries by our colleagues at esckaz.com that Irina will perform a ballad, while Tina and Kirill will have a more up-tempo offering for the audience.
Unlike the previous Ty-zirka shows, the voting will not last 24 hours, and instead the winner will be decided after just twenty minutes of voting.
Controversy over selection process
In a related development, a group of Ukrainian artists led by the Head of the Institute for Musical Art, Alexandr Chunihin, have made a formal complaint about the selection process to president Victor Yushenko. They are reportedly unhappy with the organisation of the selection programmes, going as far as making allegations of faked results and biased coverage promoting one contestant in particular: Tina Karol. The group demand an assurance that the current organisers do not have the chance to run the Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest selection again.
The winner of tonight's final will have to represent Ukraine first of all in the internation qualifier round in Athens, due to Greenjolly's poor placing for the home country last year.
The final of Ty-zirka starts on NTU's first channel at 21:00 CET tonight.