Three acts have qualified to the final of Ukraine’s Vidbir 2019.
The first semi-final of Vidbir took place tonight which saw eight acts battle for the chance to participate in the final of Vidbir. Performing tonight was (qualifiers in bold):
- The Hypnotunez – Hey
- Letay – Myla moya
- Vera Kekelia – Wow!
- Tsesho – Hate
- Yuko – Galyna guliala
- Maruv – Siren Song
- Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Houston
- Bahroma – Nazavzhdy-Navsegda
Tonight’s result was determined by the three-member jury and the public. The jury consisted of:
- Jamala, Eurovision 2016 winner
- Andrey Danilko (aka Verka Serduchka), Eurovision 2007 runner-up
- Yevhen Filatov (The Maneken) – singer and producer, creator of ONUKA band
The second semi-final will take place next Saturday with a further eight artists competing for the chance to qualify to the final. These are:
- Ivan NAVI
- ANNA MARIA
- KiRA MAZUR
- Freedom Jazz
The final of Vidbir 2019 is set to take place on 23rd February.
Ukraine first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, when Oleksandr Ponomariov performed “Hasta la vista”. The following year Ruslana brought the country their first win with the song “Wild Dances”. It was a feat that would be replicated in 2016 by Jamala with her song “1944”; her emotionally charged song scored a record 534 points to take victory in Stockholm. In 2017 O.Torvald represented the country on home soil with the song “Time”. The group finished in 24th place, Ukraine’s worst result at the contest to date.