Euro­vi­sion kicks off

Kyiv Post - - Lifestyle -

Euro­vi­sion, Europe’s most pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment show, kicks off on May 22 in Baku, the cap­i­tal of Azer­bai­jan.

The 57th an­nual song con­test is bring­ing to­gether the voices of 43 coun­tries in Europe and be­yond. Only 26 of them will make it to the fi­nals. Those will be singers from Ger­many, Spain, France, Italy, Bri­tain and Azer­bai­jan and 20 oth­ers who will be picked dur­ing the two semi­fi­nal rounds.

The final scores will be de­ter­mined based on Europe-wide SMS vot­ing, as well as jury vote. Tra­di­tion­ally, a coun­try’s cit­i­zens can­not vote for their own rep­re­sen­ta­tives to en­sure fair play.

The Euro­vi­sion fi­nals are ex­pected to be watched by around 125 mil­lion view­ers in the whole of Europe. In Ukraine, the show will be broad­cast by the First Na­tional TV chan­nel, which has the widest reach in the coun­try.

This year, Ukraine will be rep­re­sented by Gai­tana, a 32-year-old pop singer and com­poser, who will per­form her own song called “Be My Guest” in the first round of the semi­fi­nals. By May 16, Bri­tish book­mak­ers pre­dicted that she would take be­tween the 16th and 18th place in the con­test.

Ukraine has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Euro­vi­sion since 2003, and has won it once in 2004 with an en­er­getic pop rock song called “Wild Dances” per­formed by Rus­lana. The na­tion hosted the com­pe­ti­tion the fol­low­ing year.

Ukraine’s Gai­tana’s first re­hearsal in Baku on May 15. (Cour­tesy)

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