Ukraine's public broadcaster UA:PBC revealed their shortlist of participants who have the chance of representing their country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
In total 105 participants applied to the Ukrainian selection. 70 applications conformed to the national selection rules and were considered by the organizing committee.
"This year we received both multi-genre and unique original songs, which has become a tradition for the Ukrainian national selection, and vocally and emotionally strong interpretations of popular compositions. It was very difficult to make a shortlist of such a constellation of young artists," said Oksana Skybinska, Head of Delegation of Ukraine at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
Participants who submitted an original song
Polina Babii - Superbit
Oleksandr Balabanov - Vidkryvai (Open)
Yuliia Karimi - PEOPLE
Anzhelina McFarlane (RREALINA) - MY SPIRIT
Yaroslav Politov (YAR POLITOV) - GOOD ALWAYS WINS
Anhelina Terennikova - The Vibe
Olena Usenko (Ellen) - Never Get Free
Sofiia Shkidchenko - OK
Participants who submitted a cover song
Nikita Achkasov - My Oasis
Darin Osman - A Natural Woman
Participant who received most likes from the online audience
Daniiela Shapohnikova - Tvoiie Maibutnie (Your Future)
The next stage
About the next stage, Oksana said: "Ahead is an even harder task to chose the representative of Ukraine for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be made by the jury and online users. All the applications accepted this year are published on the website of the national selection, so Europe can watch and listen to the talented Ukrainian children awaiting the international contest."
All shortlisted participants who submitted a cover song will record a song provided by UA:PBC. The performers of original songs will also have the opportunity to record this song if they wish so.
Keep an eye out on the official channels, as voting for the Ukrainian representative in 2020 starts in September!