Ukrainian bands Yuko, Maruv and Brunettes Shoot Blondes became the finalists of this country's national selection for Eurovision 2019. This became known after the joint voting of the jury and the TV audience in the first semifinal.
Yuko won the sympathies of the judges, getting 8 points, while the viewers gave them 5 (13 in total). Brunettes Shoot Blondes received 7 points from the jury and the audience alike (14 in total); Maruv, on the other hand, came third by the votes of the jury but won the hearts of the viewers, getting 8 points (14 in total).
Another three contestants will compete in the second semifinal on February 16; thus, there will be six finalists running for victory on February 23. The winner will be named the same day.
The bright victory of Netta Barzilai, the Israeli performer on Eurovision 2018 brought this year's European Song Contest to Israel. The semifinals are scheduled for May 14 and May 16. The final will take place on May 18.
Ukraine will be performing in the first semifinal of Eurovision 2019, in the second half of the show.