Tonight, nine acts battled it out in the first semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision 2016 selection, its first after a one-year break from the contest. However only three could progress.  They were Jamala with “Hold Me”, THE HARDKISS with “Helpless” and Brunettes Shoot Blondes with “Every Monday”.

The line-up also featured the Ukrainian-born Russia 2009 representative Anastasia Prikhodko and Aida Nykolaychyuk, the winner of the third season of  X Factor Ukraine.

FIRST SEMI-FINAL RUNNING ORDER

  1. Anastasia Prikhodko “I Am Free Now”
  2. The Hardkiss “Helpless”
  3. Tonya Matvienko “Tin Whistle”
  4. Vladislav Kurasov “I’m Insane”
  5. Lavika “Hold Me”
  6. Jamala “1944”
  7. Aida Nikolaychuk “Inner Power”
  8. Svetlana Tarabarova “Never Again”
  9. Brunettes Shoot Blondes “Every Monday”

JURY PANEL

All the acts were critiqued by an expert jury. The panel consisted of Eurovision veterans Ruslana (Eurovision 2004 winner) and Andrey Danilko (aka Verka Serduchka, the Eurovision 2007 runner-up). They were joined by musical producer Konstantin Meladze.

FIRST SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

TELEVOTING RESULTS

  1. Jamala (49.22%) – 9 points
  2. THE HARDKISS (16.03%) – 8 points
  3. Aida Nikolaychuk (10.41%) – 7 points
  4. Svetlana Tarabarova (7.24%) – 6 points
  5. Brunettes Shoot Blondes (6.74%) – 5 points
  6. Vladislav Kurasov (3.91%) – 4 points
  7. Anastasia Prykhodko (2.89%) – 3 points
  8. Tonya Matvienko (2.83%) – 2 points
  9. Lavika (0.73%) – 1 point

JURY RESULTS

  1. Jamala – 9 points
  2. Brunettes Shoot Blondes – 8 points
  3. THE HARDKISS – 7 points
  4. Svetlana Tarabarova – 6 points
  5. Tonya Matvienko – 5 points
  6. Anastasia Prydkhodko – 4 points
  7. Vladislav Kurasov – 3 points
  8. Aida Nikolaychuk – 2 points
  9. Lavika – 1 point

Combined results

  1. Jamala – 18 points
  2. THE HARDKISS – 15 points
  3. Brunette Shoot Blondes – 13 points
  4. Svetlana Tarabarova – 12 points
  5. Aida Nikolaychuk – 9 points
  6. Vladislav Kurasov – 7 points
  7. Anastasia Prydkhodko – 7 points
  8. Tonya Matvienko – 7 points
  9. Lavika – 2 points

The selection continues next week, with nine more acts hoping to reach the semi-final.

Do you agree with the results? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jaymalla
Jaymalla
4 years ago

in fact the song is about the Bulgar’s ( aka Tatars in pseudo Russian history) genocide , but hey after all who cares !?

Danny
Danny
4 years ago

Jamala singing about the Turkic genocide made by Ussr! 12 points from Azerbaijan for sure

SaraD
SaraD
4 years ago

OMG I really cant wait when William say something about our choice! I dont know why but i think he understand us like no one. Im not shure about other
judges they will say something “Oh its boring, its affull” because there are no “Any Lorak” no “[email protected] etc.
But I think this is huge progress for us – this kind of music
William, if you read it write something at least on your Twitter we r?ad it too ))
<3<3 thnx!

Rik
Rik
4 years ago

I love this song, her vocals and the powerful emotional sentiment behind. However, I personally feel it isn’t appropriate for a song in Eurovision. As already shown by some of the comments here arguing about the events of 1944, this is a song about the pain of a real historical event still in living memory that goes against the purpose of Eurovision, which is a contest created to leave the past behind and look to the future. Dwelling on a past terrible complex event is potentially divisive and goes against the spirit of the competition. I’m very happy to purchase… Read more »

To Stem
To Stem
4 years ago

Are you serious? Do you know how many kids died during the deportation?Were they colaborating with nazis as well??

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

It’s important to tell the truth: I understand that. However, the point of the Eurovision Song Contest should be to come together in peaceful celebration. Probably the best example of a winning song to do this well was Nicole winning for Germany in 1982. Decades after WWII, a German song brought people together in peace – it was a lovely sentiment. By all means discuss the past and celebrate the present, but do not fight and do not argue. It has no place at the ESC. If Jamala’s song provokes direct conflict, it will be withdrawn at the ESC level.… Read more »

allegra
allegra
4 years ago

all songs are pretty good im glad for this choice

Sabi
Sabi
4 years ago

I’m a Crimean Tatar and I can say that there was NO reason to punish all the Crimean Tatar people in 1944. My grandma was 4 years old when this awful punishment for nothing was done. Her father took part in the ww2 so the most Crimean Tatars did. We have also big count of Crimean Tatars heroes during the ww2 and their names are famous. (Amet khan sultan for example). So the story about death of little kids in every CRIMEAN TATAR family during the deportation is TRUE. But the most terrible thing was that Stalin punished no guilty… Read more »

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Alex :- You perhaps might have overlooked the fact that Jamala got maximum from the jury AND the Televote. The Hardkiss came 3rd with the jury and 2nd in the Televote. Just saying!!!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

I don’t agree, The HARDKISS is obviously the best and amazing!!!!!!! Jamala is wonderful, but her song is not for Eurovision!! Hope very much that HARDKISS will represent Ukraine in Sweden!!!!!

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Why do you think they made it one phone, one vote? It is about the whole package it’s not a popularity contest, all ESC voting should be the same. In a government election do you get 10 or 20 votes? The ESC juries will LOVE this song; they love ORIGINALITY and VOCALS, not same old, same old. Compare Ace’s “Don’t Worry” with Jamala’s “1944”. One is a composition masterpiece and a vocal demonstration. Jamala hitting THAT note about 6 seconds from the end is hit with such ease!! Do me a favour and just read Ace’s lyrics and also compare… Read more »

Stas
Stas
4 years ago

As for me, The Hardkiss have amazing song!

Mil
Mil
4 years ago

This is a very good song, and this is entirely “her” (Jamala’s) song. Yes, this song is about a historical event, but it is also about feelings of those people who were kicked off their homes. Jamala’s family suffered at those times as well – her great-grandmother had told her a lot about that relocation, during which people barely had anything to eat, they were cold and ill. Jamala’s great-grandmother’s little daughter died on the way (as many of other people did) and her family even didn’t have an opportunity to bury her body. So this song turns into a… Read more »

angel9
angel9
4 years ago

There are no video with overview yet! Im so dissapointed. Waiting for comment since yesterday night, cant normally sleep )) You posted new and new videos but not about Ukrainian (( Your opinion is really matter

Hugh
Hugh
4 years ago

That may be the excuse he used; his reasoning was probably closer to removing a Turkic presence from a place of extreme geographic importance, and attempting to bring in people of Russian background to solidify unit and support for the core culture of the USSR (as the Soviets did with a lot of strategic locations, like the Baltics, the far east, Kola etc). Did the Tartars work with the Nazis? Yes. Did half of Europe work with the Nazis? Yes. Is working with the Nazis a bad thing? Yes. Were the Tartars deported just because some worked with the Nazis?… Read more »

Emily_G
Emily_G
4 years ago

@Tania @oxyk
1. What do my comments have to do with Russia or the Kremlin??? You need to calm down. The song “1944” is about a historical event that took place during the years of the Soviet Union, Stalin was the leader of all USSR countries and his actions reflect to all of them.
2. The FACT is that Stalin ordered the deportation of Crimean Tatars as a punishment for their collaboaration with the Nazi. This is the reason he used.

V
V
4 years ago

@tania, they are not trolls, but people with other view on the situation. Ukrainian political regime controls the cultural life of the country. That’s sad.

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

The statements about this being a pro-nazi song are just dumb.

If the title was different this could be a peace anthem about how low human race has sank these days.
The whole thing is misinterpreted and we gotta just let Jamala SLAY and enjoy the show.

tania
tania
4 years ago

V
only moderator can silence trolls
all in all we are here to discuss music, aren’t we? about 10 last comments were far from it

V
V
4 years ago

@tania, if somebody’s opinion is not like yours, it doesn’t mean that they are wrong. And don’t try to silence the truth. We have a right for freedom of speech.

tania
tania
4 years ago

if someone abroad doesn’t know why russian trolls are so active
it’s because 2000 crimean tatars are now persecuted in occupied crimea by russian power

oxyk
oxyk
4 years ago

@Emily_G tell me, are you blind or it’s just your work to tell lies? read this phrase carefully:
“a 1967 Soviet decree removed the charges against Crimean Tatars”
now, if you can understand the meaning of it, can you repeat that Crimean Tatars guilty? can you repeat that Europe will vote for nazi’s collaborators?

tania
tania
4 years ago

oxyk
because he is a kremlin bot
it’s quite clear. and the only aim is to ignite politics fuss about dzhamala.

tania
tania
4 years ago

so many russian pro-stalin trolls even here at esc blogs. gradually they start moving discussion to politics propaganda.
i hope all these “about nazi” comments will be removed by moderator. meanwhile i would recomend to modern nazi searchers to look at their homes. in st-petersburg and kreml for example http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-32009360

Emily_G
Emily_G
4 years ago

@dutchie The deportation of Crimean Tatars was ordered by Stalin (who was Georgian) as a punishment for their collaboration with the Nazi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportation_of_the_Crimean_Tatars
Even if this is not what really happened this is a debatable historical event that can create a negative image for Ukraine and I really can’t see how a song with this kind of message can be voted by juries in central Europe.

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

@emily_g
Sure, if they put it like that in the booklet (‘this song is in favor of Nazi collaborators’) not many juries will vote for it. I’m not awfully versed in Ukrainian history, but I’m sure there’s more complexity to it than that.

Emily_G
Emily_G
4 years ago

@ct_greece Do you really think that people and juries in central Europe will vote in favour of a song in the memory of Nazi collaborators? Maybe supporters of Lepen in France or supporters of the Golden Dawn in Greece would but I don’t think that juries would vote in favour of this song.

ct_greece
ct_greece
4 years ago

It is a foregone conclusion: Jamala will win the national final and is a serious contender to win the whole thing in May. She is a true powerhouse, like Ofra Haza coming back to life. From a true ESC fan, thank you Ukraine!!!

Leaf
Leaf
4 years ago

The Hardkiss were quite alright, but live I did not feel the emotion it was just a performance to them.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

I’d like to mention Vladislav Kurasov (Vladi). He sang very well, but he was really unlucky to be drawn in such a strong semi-final with all that added controversy. Obviously Jamala and The Hardkiss were exceptionally good; I would encourage Vladi not to give up. He’s a great singer and he’s very beautiful as well. (Be my Valentine? :D)

Jamala is unique and her song is powerful and controversial, although personally I prefer listening to The Hardkiss’ “Helpless.”

Stem
Stem
4 years ago

I don’t think that a song in the memory of the Crimean Tatars, the collaborators of the Nazi, will bring a lot of points for Ukraine from Central Europe.
It is really sad that the Neo Nazi are now ruling the country.

Pavel
Pavel
4 years ago

Jamala’s got a better song (in Eurovision terms think about it as a mix of “Love Injected”+”Rhythm Inside”+”Suus”, all of which slayed Euroscene)
The Hardkiss should have done a pumping electropop/electroclash song (aka Hot Chip, Friendly Fires, Scissor Sisters or Metronomy usually do) but instead somehow opted for a boring ballad and will probably lose in the final

dutchie
dutchie
4 years ago

Holy hell, that woman can bloody sing! It was already clear from the studio version that Jamala’s song was way better than The Hardkiss, but I wasn’t quite prepared for this. Her voice is mixed in way too loudly though, can be a bit unpleasant to the ears at times.

It should be a strong favorite in Stockholm… if the lyrics aren’t too political (I don’t understand a word, even though it’s mostly in English).

UAfan
UAfan
4 years ago

Belarus loves the hardkiss

UAfan
UAfan
4 years ago

The vote were fabricated!!!
It’s everything from me…

AzerBoy96
AzerBoy96
4 years ago

I loved both Jamala and The Hardkiss! Alright with any of them representing Ukraine. I will rank them both 10/10. Good luck, Ukraine! 🙂

zoolander
zoolander
4 years ago

Oh Ukraine, don’t do this to yourself. You have to understand that nobody in Eurovision cares about your present suffering, and even less about the history. Think about the future, don’t dwell in the past. And Russia will send a song about world peace and harvest all the points and laugh at you anyway.

Serhiy
Serhiy
4 years ago

My vote was counted)
Jamala has a strong voice and good song.
Her performance was truly the strongest!!!

angel9
angel9
4 years ago

Wait for video overview from William!!!

Ruslan
Ruslan
4 years ago

A win should be The Hardkiss! The vote were fabricated. They have the biggest fan base in the country. The Hardkis this is the most popular group in the country. Everybody lies.

Adam87
Adam87
4 years ago

Very bad and overemotional song about crying over nazi-collaborationists who were doing their best to kick soviet army when they were freeing europe from nazis. It’s not that russians don’t remember it, they think it was justificated, and they are historically right. And from me, a Pole, this song won’t get any points.

Richard
Richard
4 years ago

I love the Hardkiss, but having just heard Jamala it’s easy to see why she won. Her performance was awesome, so dark and moving. I’m torn. Let them both win!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

and to top it off after searching a little more some of the lyrics are in Crimean Tatar which is extremely edgy for Ukraine (tatars largely are loyal to ukraine despite living under russian control in Russia–the line “I couldn’t spend my youth there because you took away my peace” is really really volatile but also so so perfect)
this would so be my number 1 in Stockholm

MarryM
MarryM
4 years ago

Ukraine has it`s own character as always but will europe understand it? all songs are really good and unusual. There are no cliche, no “pretty-plastic-girls” and it`s already good because people prefer quality music to habitual pop sound. But it could be better. Will see it on final!

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

also I can assure you 1944 will not be getting very many points from Russia lololol

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
4 years ago

Oh man I am loving these super dark Ukrainian entries that subtly hint at the war in Donetsk
1944 does a super super fantastic job of that (1944 was the date of the USSR’s recapture of Eastern Ukraine from Nazi Germany, which could be taken many ways when applied to the present)
so much angst, so much passion with the singers too

MakeHerChangeTheTitle
MakeHerChangeTheTitle
4 years ago

They are voting for her to annoy Russia. And nobody cares that crimean tatars were collaborationists with Nazi Germany and Stalin was Georgia.

Rita
Rita
4 years ago

Listening to Jamala song….I just start crying! I don’t even understand like half of it but it is so real….the emotion is real….this could surely win in Stockholm. I agree with Eugene. It is super original and nothing else is like it. Wow!

Julian
Julian
4 years ago

Hope it wins the Ukrainian final. But now that the song is known it is much more difficult. It will probably be sabotaged one way or another by the “no politics” bs of ESC which is a form of music censorship.

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

can someone tell what 1944 is about?

i wasn’t thrilled when i heard jamala entering ukrainian national selection because her previous attempt “smile” was atrocious. but i listened to 1944 and i was slayed. so. hard. very moving and haunting music.