Who is in the running in 2018?
According to musical producer Ruslan Kvinta, all songs in the 2018 national selection have been written by the artists themselves, a change from previous years.
"We received more than 1000 applications during the first stage of the selection. It shows how intensively our music industry is developing. We have put emphasis on the quality of songs. They need to combine the love of music, daring solutions and the identity of the artist. It does not matter whether the artist is popular or not. We have done colossal work, and I can assure everyone that viewers will hear high quality music and see – I dare say – strong artists. Personally, I believe in each of them. Furthermore, all songs were written by the participants, which makes me very happy as a musical producer," said Ruslan Kvinta.
Update: 9th February 2018
The participants of the first semi-final:
Only three contestants will qualify for the final and the result will be decided by a combination of televote and the votes from the professional jury.
The show will also feature special guests. Mikolas Josef from Czech Republic who will perform his Eurovision 2018 entry Lie to Me. O.Torvald, Ukraine's representatives in Eurovision 2017 will perform their new single Likhtari (Lanterns) from the new album Bisaidy.