Tonight was the Final of the Ukrainian national selection which saw the country decide Melovin to represent Ukraine in Lisbon in May with the song "Under The Ladder". Melovin recieved 5 points from the jury and 6 points from the televoting and won the selection with 11 points overall. He also won his second semi final with 17 points overall. He received 8 from the jury and 9 from the televoting. After his win Melovin said that he would bring the trophy back to Ukraine this year.
The national selection which was organised by NTU and broadcaster STB. It was held at the Palace of Culture "KPI" in Kyiv and consisted of two semi-finals held on 10 and 17 February 2018 and a final on 24 February 2018. Only 18 songs took part in the selection but only 6 of them reached the final tonight. The expert jury that voted during the shows consisted of:
Jamala – singer-songwriter, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 for Ukraine
Andriy Danylko – comedian and singer, represented Ukraine in 2007 as the drag artist Verka Serduchka
Yevhen Filatov (The Maneken) – singer and producer, creator of group Onuka.
The songs that competed in tonight's final were:
Kadnay - Beat of the Universe
Tayanna - Lelya
The Erised - Heroes
Laud - Waiting
Vilna - Forest Song
Mélovin - Under the Ladder
Before the final votes were announced, arists covered winning eurovision songs from previous editions. They were as follows:
Kadnay - Waterloo (ABBA)
Tayanna - Amar pelos dois (Salvador Sobral)
The Erised - Molitva (Marija Šerifović)
Laud - Euphoria (Loreen)
Vilna - 1944 (Jamala)
Mélovin - Rise Like A Phoenix (Conchita Wurst)
Melovin is proven artist when it comes to performing to live crowds and under pressure. He shot to Ukraine knowledge and fame after entering and winning the X Factor Ukraine's sixth series, since there he has released countless singles and even competed in Ukraine's selection last year, where he narrowly missed out on representing on home soil, last year with his song "Wonder" which again the public put as their winner but the jury marked harshly and only placed 5th out of the six finalists. Late last year, Melovin was announced as one of the first acts planning to take part in Vidbir 2018, stating he had unfinished business with the selection and believed after winning the televote last year, he could win this year.
Last year Ukraine was represented by rock group O.Torvald with the song "Time" and took 24th place with overall of 36 points - 12 points from the juries and 24 from televoting. Do you think Melovin could go better and win Eurovision in May? Please tell us your opinioins in the comments below.
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