Ukraine – Whilst Ukraine continues to reassure everyone that everything is on track to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it still has the additional task of selecting their own representative for the Grand Final on 14th May.
To help with the costs national broadcaster NTU has teamed up with commercial broadcaster STB to put on the national selections show, which will be hosted by comedy TV star Serhiy Prytula who apparently is a big fan of Eurovision.
There will be three televised semi-finals aired in February culminating in the final on 25th of February 2017.
The selection was hit with controversy this month when there were allegations that the online wildcard selection had been hacked and votes increased for two acts. Kuznetsov and Aghiazma had their totals reset to zero, leaving Denis Povaliy in the lead. Kuznetsov appealed to his many followers on social media to vote again and soon was back in second place. Only those living in Ukraine can now vote online, and only once a day, if they’re not a robot.
All of the wildcard entries can be heard here thanks to Esckaz.