Ukraine has selected O.Torvald to represent them on home soil at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. They will sing “Time” in Kyiv.
Six artists participated in the final of Vidbir 2017 tonight, and the winner was chosen by a 50/50 voting system of jury voting and televoting. The jury consisted of composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala, and singer and comedian Andriy Danylko who represented Ukraine in 2007 as his alter-ego Verka Seduchka.
During the final, there were two performances from the 2017 representatives of France and Poland. Alma, the representative for France, performed her song “Requiem” and Kasia Moś, who will be representing Poland, sang her entry “Flashlight”.
The results of the grand final were as follows:
- O. Torvald – “Time” (Jury 5 points + Televote 5 points) = 10 points
- Tayanna – “I Love You” (Jury 6 points + Televote 4 points) = 10 points
- Melovin – “Wonder” (Jury 2 points + Televote 6 points) = 8 points
- Rozhden – “Saturn” (Jury 3 points + Televote 2 points) = 5 points
- Illaria – “Thank you for my way” (Jury 4 points + Televote 1 points) = 5 points
- Salto Nazad – “O, Mamo!” (Jury 1 points + Televote 3 points) = 4 points
And so, despite winning neither the jury nor the public vote, jury winner Tayanna’s low televote score and public winner Melovin’s low jury score means that O.Torvald, who came second in both, will represent Ukraine in Kyiv with “Time”. As hosts and winners of the 2016 contest, Ukraine will proceed directly to the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday 13th May. They will also vote in semi-final 2 of the competition which will take place on Thursday 11th May.
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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.