Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala left some big shoes to fill in Stockholm, and tonight Ukraine held its second semi final to find her successor. Eight acts competed for two spots in the Grand Final which will be held on February 25. And as expected Pepsi and Kia continued to milk that promo for all it’s worth, honey!
Watching like a hawk coming in for their prey was current reigning Eurovision champion Jamala, the man behind the mask of Verka Serduchka, Andriy Danylko, and Ukrainian music producer Konstantin Meladze, and they watched on as Illaria and Rozhden took out first and second place in the second semi-final and will go on to the final in a couple of weeks.
UKRAINE SEMI-FINAL 2 WINNERS
1. Illaria — “Thank You for My Way” (15 POINTS)
2. Rozhden — “Saturn” (13 POINTS)
Illaria slightly divided the jury when it came to the staging and the tempo of the song, but it was still enough for her to earn 7 points. The televote, however, gave her the full 8 points and put her clear at the top of the table this week.
Second place went to Rozhden with “Saturn”. He was the jury favourite, taking their 8 points, with Miladze even asking the audience to vote for him. This only returned 5 points from the televote though — but again, enough to make sure he easily qualified.
UKRAINE SEMI FINAL 2 ELIMINATED ACTS
3. Detach — “Distance” (10 POINTS)
4. Panivalkova — “Dokuchayu” (19 POINTS)
5. Kuznetsov — “Deep Shivers” (9 POINTS)
6. Aghiazma — “Synthetic Sun” (7 POINTS)
7. Mila Nytych — “Mystery” (6 POINTS)
8. Letay — “World is Calling” (2 POINTS)
UKRAINE SEMI FINAL 2 COMBINED VOTES
There was some minor controversy in the eliminated acts. Web vote winner Kuznetsov found the jury to be very critical of his vocals, yet he still took second place in the televote. Jamala even said she preferred his backing vocalists to him — ouch!
The semi-final action will conclude next Saturday, when the final eight acts will compete to join TAYANNA, Salto, Illaria and Rozhden in the final. Payushchie Trusy, O.Torvald, Anastasia Prudius, Vitaly Kozlovsky, Kadnay, Melovin, Green Grey and Vivienne Mort will all sing for the final two winning slots from 6pm CET.