The Hardkiss, perhaps the hottest musical act in Ukraine at the moment, have today released “Helpless”, their track for Ukraine’s Eurovision 2016 national selection.
The band will compete in the first semi-final on February 6 and ahead of that they took the time to send wiwibloggs and our partners at OGAE Ukraine a delightful little message. “We are very glad to participate in the Ukrainian semi final for the Eurovision Song Contest,” front-woman Julia Sanina says. “Our song is called ‘Helpless’ but it’s about power and love.”
Interestingly, they wrote the song a few years ago, but have only decided to present it publicly now. They tell us that they see the song as an experiment — and one with very powerful energy.
It’s doused in mystery and has a swirling, intoxicating effect. Julia’s rich vocals really smoulder and the expensive production help showcase her power. On Saturday you won’t just hear it live — you will feel it, especially when she switches to Ukrainian toward the end.
“Helpless” — The Hardkiss
Why we love The Hardkiss
Ukraine: Voting Procedure and rules
Today is momentous for another reason, as Ukraine’s STB clarified some details of the voting procedure and rules and regulations.
As we previously reported, Ukrainians will have one-hour to vote after all the performances have finished.
In each semi final the jury — that’s Konstantin Meladze, Ruslana and Andrij Danylko — will rank the nine songs in order. Their top pick receives nine points, their second pick receives eight points, etc. In the event of a tie, the televote breaks it.
STB will not charge televoters for their SMS votes. Only fees from their mobile operator will apply.
The show will follow a one-vote-per-phone-number rule.
You will be able to see the televoting results on www.stb.ua immediately after the show.
Unlike in Belarus and Malta, the winning act may not replace their song for Eurovision. Tweaks, we presume, are fine.