Who doesn’t like a good title defense? This evening, Ukraine selects their entry for Eurovision 2017. NTU and private broadcaster STB have staged three semi-finals of Vidbir 2017 so far. Six acts made it through and tonight they will battle it out to become Jamala’s successor and represent their country on home soil. Will the winner succeed her as this year’s Eurovision winner as well?
During the week we asked you to name your favourite. We counted a total of 1,465 votes and to say y’all have a favourite is an understatement. Tayanna — former member of the girl group Hot Chocolate — received 737 votes, a massive 50% of the overall vote — for her emotional ballad “I Love You”.
That’s how you make gold out of heartbreak!
Tayanna – “I love you” (Live at Vidbir 2017 semifinal 1)
Tayanna’s closest competitor, Melovin, earned almost a third of her total. With 256 votes — around 17% — the emo-esque singer with multi-coloured hair finished a distant second. With his song “Wonder” we wonder whether he might still cause a surprise?
Rounding out the top three is the only other female singer of the final, Illaria. Her entry “Thank You For My Way” received a total of 164 votes, around 11% of the overall vote.
Fourth, fifth and sixth place go to the rockers of O. Torvald and reggae singers Salto Nazad and Rozhden. All three were favourites with the jury, but whether the public will be swayed for them in the final is clearly another matter.
Vidbir 2017 poll results
- Rozhden – “Saturn” 5.19% (76 votes)
Total votes: 1,465
Vidbir 2017 – where to watch
Starting from 18:00 CET, Ukraine will pick their entry in a marathon show which, as usual, will have three parts. Both France’s Alma and Poland’s Kasia Mós will be there, performing “Requiem” and “Flashlight” respectively at some point.
The host country’s entry will be known by approximately 00:20 CET. You can follow all three parts of the show here. A live broadcast with English subtitles as usual is expected.
Are you excited for Vidbir’s final? Do you agree that Tayanna should represent the country in Kyiv or do you have another favourite? Shout it out using the wiwibloggs app, or tell us in the comment section below. We’re dying to see your reactions!