Tayanna won the first Semi-final with the song "I Love You"

Ukraine national selection: First Semi-final results

Tonight Ukraine kicked off their national selection to find the one to represent Ukraine on home soil at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. Eight contestants fought for one of the tickets to the final

The national selection in Ukraine started tonight with eight performances live. Two contestants qualified for the final: Tayanna and Salto Nazad (Сальто Назад) selected by 50/50 combination of public televoting and an expert jury.

Tayanna – "I Love You"
Salto Nazad – "O, mamo!"

Semi-final 1 – Results

4 February 2017

  1. Tayanna – "I Love You" (15 points)
  2. Salto Nazad – "O, mamo!" (14 points)
  3. Arsen Mirzoyan – "Geraldine" (11 points)
  4. SKAI – "All My Love For You" (11 points)
  5. MamaRika – "We Are One" (9 points)
  6. Roman Veremeychik & Lumiere – "Make It Real" (5 points)
  7. Monochromea – "Blue Bird" (5 points)
  8. Laliko – "Sugar Whisper" (2 points)

Ukraine – National selection 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 takes place in May in Kyiv. And Kyiv is also the city hosting the national selection in Ukraine at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute for the semi-finals, and at the Art and Culture Center "KPI" for the final. Host is Sergiy Prytula.

  • Semi-final 1: 4 February 2017
  • Semi-final 2: 11 February 2017
  • Semi-final 3: 18 February 2017
  • Final: 25 February 2017

The Expert jury decides 50% of the outcome. It consists of:

The private broadcaster STB will collaborate with the public broadcaster NTU. NTU is also the organizer of Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The private broadcaster STB is in charge of the biggest talent shows in Ukraine: Ukraine Got Talent and X Factor.

The collaboration had great succes last year, where 50/50 televoting/jury chose Jamala to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2016 – The rest is history.

Online voting and auditions

The winner of the Ukrainian selection will be found through Online voting, Semi-finals and a Final.

There were two ways to reach the national shows: Online selection and auditions.

An online selection took place on STB's website in January 2017, where visitors could vote for their favorite candidates. The winner of the online competition goes directly to the Ukrainian final.

The auditions took place in the six cities: Kiev, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Odessa, Lviv and Zaporizhia. A panel choose the rest of the participants for the Semi-finals.

Ukraine in Eurovision Song Contest

Ukraine 2016: Jamala - "1944"

After the victory at Eurovision 2016, Ukraine is back for Eurovision 2017. They have participated 13 times since it's debut in 2003, and with great succes. Best result is when Ruslana won at Ukraine's second Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Wild Dances" in 2004, and last year, when Jamala won with the song "1944". They finished 2nd two times (2007 and 2008), and 9 of the 13 times they finished in top-10.

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Ukraine qualified to all the 12 Grand Finals.

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