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eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica has daily coverage of the days counting down to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018!

Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day,  we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.

Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Ukraine, “Under The Ladder” by Melovin, written by Mike Ryals and Kostyantyn Bocharov. The song is performed in English. 20-year-old Melovin came to prominence as the winner of “X Factor Ukraine” during its sixth season. The song has been selected to get one of the cushy spots overall, and will be performed 18th and last in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10. The song performed last on each semi-final is usually (but NOT always) assured a spot in the Grand Finals.

This song is one of the fan favorites this year, and I have to admit I’m not quite sure why. It’s definitely a good song, but there are better songs overall in the competition. Melovin’s live performance is stunning – he’s easily able to hold sway among the crowd, and the women love his good looks – but it’s also hurried; the song IS in English but is so fast-paced that it’s necessary to have a copy of the lyrics handy to actually understand what he’s saying; the song is a very upbeat anthem to taking chances and overcoming trials by facing them head on and triumphing over them, and that’s a great message to send – I just wish he’d sent it with a little more enunciation. If a US deal were offered, this song could make the charts here, but I don’t think it would be a huge chart success…maybe middle third of the Hot 100 tops…

Ukraine debuted in Eurovision in 2003, and has participated 13 times, missing a year here and there. They are truly one of the big success stories of the 21st century in the contest, landing two Grand Final championships, with “Wild Dances” by Ruslana in 2004 and “1944″ by Jamala in 2016; they have also finished as the runner up twice, with the deliciously weird and oh-so-Eurovision-y “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” by Verka Serduchka in 2007 (you HAVE to see the performance video on YouTube – it’s considered a Eurovision ‘guilty pleasure’ classic) and with “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak in 2008. But…talk about falling from the dizzying heights…after winning the contest in 2016, Ukraine had their least successful entry just one year later in 2017 – it only managed a 24th place finish…

Here’s the official music video  – check it out…

Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!

We’re featuring FOUR songs today and on Monday and Tuesday as well to finish up our Song By Song profiles! After that, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…

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