It has been known for some time that Ani Lorak will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight's Ukrainian selection process was merely to determine which song Ani would sing in Belgrade.
Despite being originally billed as a four song selection, five songs actually made it to the final, and were performed in the running order as follows:
- Zhdu Tebya (Waiting For You)
- Ya Stanu Morem (I'll Become Like Sea)
- The Dream Of A Brighter Day
- I'll Be Your Dady
- Shady Lady
A lengthy interval act followed after the songs, which featured performances from no fewer than four of the already qualified 2008 Eurovision Song Contest competitors who all performed their respective entries for the audience:
- Morena from Malta
- Tereza Kerndlova from Czech Republic
- Georgeta (Geta) Burlacu from Moldova
- Elnur Huseynov & Samir Javadzadeh from Azerbaijan
- Ruslan Alenho from Belarus
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In addition to this 2003 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Oleksandr Ponomaryov and Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entrant Ilona Halytska also performed as the votes were being cast. The voting was decided by the audience and a Seven person jury which included singers, the Minister of Culture and composers.
A live stream to the Bulgarian national final was also shown, where Ruslana gave a performance. The ressult was then announced by the jury panel who confirmed that they had chosen Shady Lady as their winner.
- Shady Lady - 14 votes
- A Dream For A Brighter Day - 8 votes
- I'll be your lady - 8 votes
- Ya Stanu Morem - 4 votes
- Zhdu Tebya - 2 votes
The winning song is composed and written by Philip Kirkorov and Karen Kavaleryan who were also responsible for the 2007 Belarus entry Work Your Magic from Koldun. Karen Kavaleryan also wrote the lyrics to the Armenian entry Anytime You Need by Hayko in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, and Never Let You Go by Dima Bilan in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest.
During the next three months, Ukrainian television viewers will have the opportunity to participate in interactive actions to support the performance of Ani Lorak in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 , and also to get presents from various sponsors.
The most active fan will become the a happy winner of a trip for two to the Eurovision Song Contest in Serbia to support Ani Lorak. The name of the winner will be announced during the gala concert in honour of Ani Lorak’s departure for Belgrade, which will be held in Independence Square Kyiv on the 10th of May.