Ukrainian singer Laud and bands The Erised and Vil’na won the first semifinal of the national selection for Eurovision. UA:First broadcasted this event.
Vil’na project was the least supported by the judges – she got only 3 points. But it won the viewers’ voting with 9 points. With the total of 12 points Vil’na took the third place. The Erised band got 5 points from judges and 8 points from viewers, 13 in total. Vladyslav Karashchuk, who performs under a pseudonym Laud, got 9 maximum points from judges and 7 from viewers. He won the first semifinal with 16 points in total.
Earlier we informed that the second semifinal will be held on February 17. Nine artists will participate in it: Ingrid Kostenko, Melovin, Julinoza band, singer Tayanna, duet Kadnay, Yurcash band, Mountain Breeze band, singer Illaria and Dilemma band. Only three of them will reach the finals. The Eurovision participant from Ukraine will be defined in the finals of the national selection on February 24.
As 112.international informed earlier, this year Eurovision takes place in the capital of Portugal – Lisbon. Semifinals will be held on May 8 - 10 , and the finals – on May 12. Portugal hosts the show for the first time thanks to Salvador Sobral, who won last year and became a victor of the competition in Kyiv.
As it was reported earlier the Semi-final Allocation Draw for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Lisbon's City Hall on January 29. The Host Insignia Handover Ceremony occurred before it.
The ceremony took place for the occasion, where Lisbon took over from Kyiv as the Eurovision host city. Vitaly Klitschko, the Mayor of Kyiv officially handed over the keys to Fernando Median, the Mayor of Lisbon.
In total, 18 performers are to compete for the right to represent Ukraine at the International Song Contest Eurovision, which this year will be held in Lisbon. Musical producers note that during the first stage they received more than a thousand applications. The main difference of the current national selection is that all the songs that will be broadcasted live are original.