With less than 100 days to go until Junior Eurovision 2016 in Malta, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU has revealed the 12 finalists for its national selection. 

Earlier today, Timur Myroshchenko hosted the semi-final at NTU’s studios in Kyiv. The broadcaster gave us a four hour livestream of the delightful hot mess, featuring giant teddy bears, colourful balloons, Kamilla Ismailova inspired dresses and a wide variety of songs. You can watch the show in all its glory below.

Junior Eurovision 2016: national selection — semi-final

A five person judging panel presided over proceedings — singer Mariya Burmaka, Ukrainian Eurovision 2016 selection semi-finalist Svitlana Tarabarova, director general of the music channels M1 and M2 Valentyn Koval, composer and producer Vadym Lysytsia and Vikotr Knyshrevealed. After performances from all the semi-finalists, the judges revealed the 12 finalists.

Ukraine Junior Eurovision 2016 finalists

1. Diana Sapozhko – “Tviy svit”
2. Natalya Sadova & Denis Dovirak – “Ya chekayu dosi tvoho lista”
3. Polina Dashkova – “Do Boha”
4. “Voiceland” – “Vidchyny svoye serche”
5. Yuliya Radchuk – “Moya zorya”
6. Sofiya Rol – “Planet craves for love”
7. Anastasiya Bahinska – “Miy svit”
8. Andriy Boyko – “Open your heart”
9. Sofiya Skidchenko – “Dolce Vita”
10. Denis Rodin – “Ukraina – mama moya”
11. Alisa Panchuk – “Pyy svoi mrii”
12. Sofiya Lozina – “Uhorskyy tanok”

Anna Trincher’s successor will be chosen on 10 September by a combination of SMS voting and jury.

Interview: Anna Trincher (Ukraine) at Junior Eurovision 2015 Opening Ceremony

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Photo: NTU

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Donna
Donna
4 years ago

Uhorskyy Tanok sounds like a vocal exercise rather than a JESC entry but if it gets sent to JESC and Ukraine somehow wins, it’s going to be the start of the trend of people sending vocal exercise tracks as their JESC entries.

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

I think Andriy’s voice is good but his song lacks soul, it feels empty to me, if you know what I mean.

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

Ok, so Vanessa wants Andriy Boyko to win. In other words, this means that Wiwibloggs’ article for after the polls are finished should be “JESC 2016: Andriy Boyko should represent Ukraine”. 🙂

Vanessa
Vanessa
4 years ago

Ukraine, seriously you have to send Andrey Boyko! I heard he’s a favorite and that people think that he’s going to win. I truly hope that’s true

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

I think Denis Rodin is the best.

RikH
RikH
4 years ago

My favorite is Alisa Panchuk with drink your dreams… LOOOOOVE IT

Anutka
Anutka
4 years ago

Anastasiya Bahinska the best! =)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO-sVrCjH14

Pedro
Pedro
4 years ago

@Vlad. Around 1:17:00 of the video is “Uhorskiy tannok”. I praise children’s creativity in most of the performances, but this is way too different, and that’s why I think it made to the finals. It’s funny to see one of the remaining national selections for JESC. My favorite is Anastasiya Bahinska. She has that kind of charisma JESC has been looking for.

Vlad
Vlad
4 years ago

“Uhorskyy tanok” wow, that’s exactly translated as “Hungarian dance”. Very, very interesting. Didn’t listen to the song though but i hope it will be something with folk tunes.

beccaboo1212
4 years ago

That’s great. However, I understand why people want more boys to be confirmed, so I was hoping for Ukraine to choose Andriy Boyko or Denis Rodin. 🙂