Ukraine: Mélovin will sing “Under The Ladder” at Eurovision 2018


What seemed destined to be a showdown between Tayanna and Mélovin at Vidbir 2018, ended with Mélovin winning the right to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2018. He will sing “Under The Ladder”

For the third year in a row, Ukraine partnered with commercial broadcaster STB to stage the national final, that is also known nowadays as Vidbir. Six acts made it to the final stage of the selection and were judged by a panel consisting of Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala, Verka Serduchka creator Andriy Danylko and Yevhen Filatov. They made up for 50% of the vote, the other 50% was decided by the televoting public.

The two previous editions of Vidbir both ended with two acts tied for top spot. In 2016, Jamala and The Hardkiss drew. Victory went to Jamala given that she received more support from the public.

A year later, Tayanna and O.Torvald drew. While Mélovin won the overall televoting, O.Torvald were next with the public and so went to Eurovision. They delivered Ukraine its worst result ever in the contest.

This year, however, there was no draw. Mélovin comfortably won the televoting, while coming second with the juries.

Nevertheless, the show wasn’t without drama. At one point, Tayanna was accused of using playback, Andriy Danylko got into a fight with someone in the hall and Mélovin’s fans sent Jamala threats.

The Wiwi Jury did not fully agree with the result tonight, putting Tayanna on top, followed closely by Mélovin, just as our readers did.

Jury results

Tayanna — 6 points
Mélovin — 5 points
LAUD — 4 points
Kadnay — 3 points
The Erised — 2 points
Vilna — 1 point

Televoting results

Mélovin — 6 points
Kadnay — 5 points
Tayanna — 4 points
Vilna — 3 points
LAUD — 2 points
The Erised — 1 point

Combined results

Mélovin — 11 points
Tayanna — 10 points
Kadnay — 9 points
Laud — 6 points
Vilna — 4 points
The Erised — 3 points

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