The search for Jamala’s successor is on! Tonight eight acts sang their hearts out to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2017 — and on home territory. But only two could advance from the semi-final, which, you may have noticed, was brought to you by Pepsi and Kia.
Under the watchful eyes of Eurovision’s reigning queen Jamala, Verka Serduchka’s alter ego Andriy Danylko, and composer and producer Konstantin Meladze, TAYANNA and Salto Nazad won the semi-final and will compete on February 25 to defend Ukraine’s honour in Kiev.
UKRAINE SEMI-FINAL 1 WINNERS
1. TAYANNA — I Love You (15 points)
2. Salto Nazad — O, mamo! (14 points)
TAYANNA was a clear favourite in our poll going in to the show and carried that support through. She topped the televote and placed second with the jury.
Salto Nazad surprisingly won the jury vote, scoring top of Andriy and Konstantin’s ballots. Whilst he only finished third on the televote, that was enough to put him clear of Arsen Mirzoyan. Arsen only finished fifth with the jury, with Jamala in particular placing him bottom of her ballot.
UKRAINE SEMI FINAL 1 ELIMINATED ACTS
3. Arsen Mirzoyan — Geraldine (11 points)
4. SKAI — All My Love For You (11 points)
5. MamaRika — We Are One (9 points)
6. Roman Veremeychik & Lumiere — Make It Real(5 points)
7. Monochromea — Blue Bird (5 points)
8. Laliko — Sugar Whisper (2 points)
UKRAINE SEMI FINAL 1 COMBINED VOTES
UKRAINE SEMI FINAL 1 JURY VOTES
We also saw performances from two acts already guaranteed to be at Eurovision 2017 during the show. Belarus’ NAVI and Georgia’s Tako Gachechiladze both took to the stage to perform. NAVI also performed a Belarusian version of “1944”, visibly moving Jamala.
The action continues next Saturday, when 8 more acts will compete to join TAYANNA and Salto in the final. Letay, Mila Nytych, Kuznetsov, Aghiazma, Detach, Rozhden, Panivalkova and Illaria will all sing for the two winning slots from 6pm CET.