The Ukrainian national final was held in Kyiv in the studio of Shuster Live. Twenty contestants competed for the victory and the ticket for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The musical show was broadcast by NTU and New Channel. Although the participants had only two days to get ready for the event, they delivered an exciting three-hour show, having presented different musical genres, from ballad to folk and rock music.
Alyosha got the ticket for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Her real name is Olena Kucher. The lyrics of her song were written in 1977 by B. Chukalyuk in America and had to wait this long to be represented in Oslo this year. To Be Free has been composed by Alyosha herself.
This was the running order in which the 20 songs were performed in the Ukrainian national final (winner in bold):
Vasyl Lasarovych finished seventh in tonight's competition.
The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana, came to support the competitors in the national final this year.
Last year Ukraine finished 12th at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Russian capital of Moscow. The entry Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl), was performed by Svetlana Loboda.
Ukraine will participate in the first half of the second Semi-Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on the 27th of May.