Rehearsal snippets from the first semi-final of Vidbir 2020, Ukraine’s selection for Eurovision 2020, have been released.
This Saturday the first semi-final of Vidbir 2020 will take place in Ukraine. Eight acts will take to the stage, competing to represent the country in Rotterdam in May.
Today saw each of the artists take to the stage for their second rehearsals. The broadcaster, UA:PBC, has released short snippets from today’s rehearsals on Twitter.
Second set of rehearsals for #Vidbir2020 took place in Kyiv today 💙💛
Here are short snippets, and don’t forget that the first semi-final is already tomorrow! 🤩 Who’s excited as much as we are? 🥳 pic.twitter.com/mwHVOk2Obi
— Ukraine at Eurovision 🇺🇦 (@uapbc) February 7, 2020
The following songs will compete in the first semi-final:
- Band [O] – “Tam, kudy ya ydu”
- JERRY HEIL – “Vegan”
- Katya Chilly – “Pich”
- KRUTЬ – “99”
- GO-A – “Solovey”
- CLOUDLESS – “Drown Me Down”
- Gio – “Feeling So Lost”
- Assol – “Save It”
Vidbir 2020 will take place over 3 weeks. The two semi-finals will take place on 8th and 15th February, and the final will take place on 22nd February. The shows will be hosted by Serhiy Prytula, and will feature a jury made up of Andriy Danylko (better known as Verka Serduchka, Ukraine 2007), Tina Karol (Ukraine 2006) and Vitaliy Drozdov (director-general of Hit FM Radio).
Ukraine’s most recent representative, Mélovin, will perform as an interval act during Saturday’s semi-final. He finished in 17th place in the grand final in Lisbon. Last year, Ukraine withdrew from the contest following Maruv’s victory at Vidbir 2019.
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.