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Ukraine: Vidbir Semi-Final Three Results

Ukraine continued their search for their Eurovision representative tonight by holding its last semi-final of their national selection “Vidbir”. Another eight acts took to the stage to compete for the last two places in the grand final.

The two qualifiers were decided by 50% public televote and 50% jury vote. The jury once again consisted of Konstantin Meladze composer and producer, current Eurovision winner Jamala and Andriy Danylko, Ukraine’s Eurovision representative in 2007 as drag performer Verka Seduchka.

Jamala won last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with ‘1944’ under a new voting system that led to a nailbiting finish. Verka Seduchka represented the country ten years ago with a highly controversial song that finished second in 2007.

The results of the semi-final were as follows:

  1. Singing Pants – “Payushchie Trusy” (Jury 2 points + Public 1 points) = 3 points
  2. O. Torvald – “Time” (Jury 7 points + Public 7 points) = 14 points
  3. Anastasia Prudius – “Flow” (Jury 3 points + Public 3 points) = 6 points
  4. Vitaly Kozlovsky – “I’m your light” (Jury 1 points + Public 2 points) = 3 points
  5. Kadnay – “Freedom in my mind” (Jury 8 points + Public 5 points) = 13 points
  6. Melovin – “Wonder” (Jury 5 points + Public 8 points) = 13 points
  7. Green Grey – “Future is on” (Jury 4 points + Public 4 points) = 8 points
  8. Vivienne Mort – “Iniy” (Jury 6 points + Public 6 points) = 12 points

Therefore O Torvald and Melovin are the last two qualifiers for the Vidbir grand final and the final lineup is complete:

  • Tayanna – “I Love You”
  • Salto Nazad – “O, mamo!”
  • Rozhden – “Saturn”
  • Illaria – “Thank you for my way”
  • O. Torvald – “Time”
  • Melovin – “Wonder”

The Grand Final of Vidbir will take place on Saturday 25th February

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Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana won the contest for Ukraine with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated again in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”, her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2015 Ukraine did not compete in the contest due to financial difficulties.
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