Ukraine: National final on 23 December
The month of December will be unusually busy this year when it comes to national selections for Eurovision. Not only Lithuania, Albania, Belarus and Switzerland but also Ukraine will be among the "early birds" - their national final will be broadcast on 23 December, and entries can be submitted until the day before.
As the Ukrainian public broadcaster NTU has announced, the first stage of the national selection has started already on 1 October with an open call for entries, with the submission deadline being 21 December. Songs in any language can be entered, provided the artists can guarantee that they do not participate in any other country's national selection. They also have to agree to cover all the expenses of their participation in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest themselves in case of winning the Ukrainian national final.
The next stage of the selection will already commence on 10 December. From that date, castings will take place behind closed doors, where the applying artists will have to prove their capabilities in terms of singing and performing in front of an expert jury.
In the end, 20 acts will receive a ticket for the national final, which will take place already on 23 December. During that show, a 50/50 combination of televoting and the verdict of a seven-member expert jury will determine the Ukrainian representative for Malmö.