Ukraine’s broadcasters UA:PBC and STB have once again joined forces to organise Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final, and revealed the sixteen acts set to appear in this year’s selection.

The show’s musical producer Ruslan Kvinta sounds happy with his chosen finalists:

“The national final again pleases us with a high-quality cast of singers and a diverse range of genres.”

As always Ukraine’s national selection is filled with a diverse mix of artists, genres and interesting stage names. Entering selection this year there are some debut acts and other established names.

Kvinta adds:

“Between the participants, there are those who were not fruitful in last year’s casting round. It’s pleasant that they did not give up, but listened to our advice and used this year to prepare maximally qualitatively and professionally.

“It’s especially valuable that the stars, who already have an experience of participation in this not easy selection, are ready to battle again. After all a true artist will always go to the end.” 

As mentioned, several acts are back for another shot at Eurovision glory.

They include from last year’s edition LAUD, who won the first semi-final, Brunettes Shoot Blondes, who made it to the final in 2016 and LETAY, who were less successful in their first Vidbir participation.

Perhaps the biggest face-off in the selection will be between its two most famous acts: Tayanna and KAZKA. While Tayanna has finished second two years in a row, KAZKA had one of the biggest hits in Eastern Europe last year with their Ukrainian-language song “Plakala”. It topped charts in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and many other countries in the CIS.

The acts will be divided into two semi-finals on 9 and 16 February after a running order draw which will take place on 22 January. On 23 February, the winner will be decided by a split of votes from a jury – consisting again of Jamala, Andriy Danylko and Yevhen Filatov – and the public.

Acts in Ukraine’s Eurovision national final Vidbir 2019

Braii
Freedom jazz
KAZKA
YUKO
The Hypnotunez
LAUD
TAYANNA
Brunettes Shoot Blondes
VERA KEKELIA
ЦеШо (Tsesho)
Ivan NAVI
ANNA MARIA
BAHROMA
LETAY
КiRA MAZUR
KHAYAT

Who do you want to win Ukraine’s 2019 national selection Vidbir? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Vlàd
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Vlàd

Laud vs Tayana

Jurgis
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Jurgis

‘It topped charts in Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and many other countries in the CIS.’

Since when has Bulgaria joined the CIS? It’s in EU

Skimur
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Skimur

Ukraine is not in CIS too.

Mil
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Mil

I am on the fence with the lineup. While many of this year’s acts are progressive and interesting, their music is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea to say the least. TseSho, for example, is a band of theater actors, and while some people consider their performances amazing others say “wtf”. I guess musical producer who chose entries had a task of introducing contemporary young talents to the broader Ukrainian audience – but unfortunately, Eurovision-wise there would be only few options to choose from.

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

I really liked both Tayanna’s entries, especially “Lelya”. I’m really curious what she has prepared for this year.

Acetone
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Acetone

Vera’s voice is absolutely amazing though! I hope she has a good song, she could definitely beat Tayanna.
If not, we will probably have KAZKA as a winner – hope her vocals improved over last year!!

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Oh I've been waiting for this Russian Fla-la-lag

Agreeing with you on that one. Vera could be my 1st favorite followed by KAZKA and Tayanna.

Katariina
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Katariina

I truly believe this will be a showdown between Kazka and Tayanna (like how 2016 was always gonna be Jamala vs The Hardkiss). If Tayanna doesn’t win she’ll truly be “always the bridesmaid but never the bride”.

Katariina
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Katariina

I have to add though that I can’t wait for all the songs to be out. Since their return in 2016 the Ukrainian national final has established itself as my FAVOURITE national final. They always have such amazing songs and the production values are great, especially for a country like Ukraine. Move over Melodifestivalen.

Oh I've been waiting for this Russian Fla-la-lag
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Oh I've been waiting for this Russian Fla-la-lag

We don’t know anything yet. The newcomers might surprise us throughout this NF unless it’s similar to last year.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Please let it be Tayanna this time!

Wilhelm
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Wilhelm

Im going to watch Vidbir to witness how TAYANNA will flop for a third time…

Vladimir P.
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Vladimir P.

Tayanna ended on the second place on two occasions. Since when is the second place a flop?

Wilhelm
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Wilhelm

I think she consider second place as a flop

Adam
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Adam

Third time lucky for TAYANNA? (Mainly being a jury-favourite in Vidbir, what is the sentiment of Eurofans and the Ukranian public on Tayanna, is she that big? Do they not really want her to go to Eurovision or something?)

Mil
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Mil

Strange situation with her. I mean people usually like her songs but not her as an artist. I do hear this sentiment quite often. Somehow she is not very likable. I can’t say she is big here. Tina Karol, Monatik, The Hardkiss are big but not her.

Wilhelm
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Wilhelm

She has a brother in Russia, who is singer too, and co-works with putin’s propagandist Timati

Wilhelm
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Wilhelm

Number of Youtube subscribers can help you to understand how big is artist here comparing to others (with some exceptions for “niche” and “respectable” artists like Jamala)

LAUDFan
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LAUDFan

Pretty boy with velvet voice and perfect English, Laud is my winner!

zxc
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zxc

Kazka – 1st by televoting, 3rd by jury
Tayanna – 3rd by televoting, 1st by jury
WINNER – 2nd by televoting, 2nd by jury

Kirby Romford
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Kirby Romford

LAUD ! 😀

zxc
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zxc

hope no

Fatima
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Fatima

Laud won his semi last year, so if its not Kazka or Tayanna the winner will be Laud, others dont have much fans to vote for, and as i remember jury loved him too, so he easily could be second by televoting and by jury and get the prize at the end

Tasha
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Tasha

Anna Maria duo is so good, such a strong voices! Laud is phenomenal artist ,Tayanna needs something really special to finally win and Kazka has potential too, so good luck !

Kyamran
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Kyamran

Tayanna will flop again. Kazka = bad vocal. Only LAUD have strong vocal, unforgetable voice. Only LAUD can give really powerfull song

Braydon
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Braydon

I don’t know if you have heard Vera Kekelia preform but she can most definitely give Loud run for his money. Hopefully she has a great song to back up those vocals.

rtikdd
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rtikdd

Ukraine is my fav esc country…always fresh!

Joe
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I hope that this year the contest won’t be decided by fangirls. When you say something about MELOVIN on Instagram you immediately get hordes of MELOVINATORS after you.

Apple
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Apple

I honestly agree. He didn’t have the best song in Vidbir last year

Meliris
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Meliris

They’ll be around, Melovin performs on the show as a guest, and melovinators like Kazka more than Tayanna obviously.

Bruno
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Bruno

ok , i only know three of them.Laud, Tayanna and Kazka , have seen them in Vidbir before and they all are amazing artists,
who knows when their songs for competition will be out? one of them wins would be awesome.
Vidbir is one of these NS that very fascinating and fun to watch lol cant wait!

Joe
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You mean LAUD, TAYANNA and KAZKA.

Bruno
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Bruno

yup, LMAO!

NickC
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NickC

I hope Laud wins. He is an exceptional talent.

brennan
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brennan

For me the real surprise is Yuko!!!! I’m a big fan 🙂 They have a tendency to make these glitchy mishmashes of traditional and modern music (check out their song ‘Khorosha’). I think of them as an edgier take on Onuka… very exciting and unexpected to see them in the contest, I know they’re going to bring something really interesting to Vidbir. Shoutout also to Bahroma, I’ve been listening to them for a couple of years and I love their song ????! I am so gooped that all of my fave Ukrainian bands are competing this year…. I can’t help… Read more »

Victorielle
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Victorielle

May the best song/performance win. Me, I was hoping to see ALEKSEEV there too. Hoping for 2020! 🙂

Mika
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Mika

Nikita said he wants try again in Vidbir… so maybe next year 🙂
I want Laud to win, he is so cute and charming guy

Nick
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Nick

cute , charming and very talented i would say , also his English is superb:)
but my fav is Queen Tayanna, you go girl! get what you deserves!

Kirby Romford
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Kirby Romford

Anna Maria twin sisters have such powerful voices just wow! LAUD is total sweetheart, i remember his pretty face and amazing tember from last year, but i agree with others Tayanna or Kazka will win, it will be intresting to watch lol

Jo.
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Jo.

Tayanna (TAYANNA?) has way better songs in her album, but she always decides to go with the floppy ones. Let’s see this time…

Fatima
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Fatima

No doubts Tayanna or KAZKA gonna get a prize,
they both are pretty good and have huge fan bases, cant wait to listen their songs, Ukraine has one of the best NS in Europe

Braydon
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Braydon

Can’t wait for the semifinal draw. Vidbir always has theses underground artists who are in need of a big break and the national selection is the place to do it.
Presently surprised to see The Hypnotunez, Ivan Navi and Vera Kekelia she is going to wow everyone with her vocals.

Kris
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Kris

Im sure it will be Kazka or Tayanna who win Vidbir this year, no chances for others, though Laud is amazing and his English is so good:))

aaron
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aaron

Tayanna is a proper artist, it’s not even a case of deserving, it’s a matter of time of when she is going to go . If Ukraine don’t send her I don’t think she’ll come back again, which would be such a waste – like Molly Hammar.

KAZKA are good, but they’re a studio group, their songs don’t come together that well live, whereas Tayanna is the opposite. Tayanna will come with then best song, as per usual.

zxc
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zxc

The Hypnotunez or Brunettes Shoot Blondes

Ulilu
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Ulilu

Tayanna, you better snatch the damn ticket:)

Polegend Godgarina
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Lmao they love CAPS LOCK in Ukraine

Weiko
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Weiko

So excited to see LAUD competing again. His “Waiting” was my favourite last year.

John
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Is Plakala eligible to be entered? When was it released?

coca_cola
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coca_cola

No its not. It was released May 2018.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The last country with a 100% qualification record, if I am not mistaken. I personally do not care at all for their entries, but so far they always found a way to get those votes, not matter how dire the song was.

Anthony Ko
Editor

Australia says hi.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Oh. Yeah, you’re right. Those goddamn juries of 2017…

Nora
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Nora

He didn’t have the voice crack in jury final so they voted for Australia. He wanted to add a special note for the live show but it ended catastrophic LOL.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The voice crack was only remotely remarkable thing about this entire act.

Polegend Godgarina
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Ukraine was 16th in the semi-final televote in 2012 and got saved by the juries.

Weili
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Weili

But Australia have been on Semi-finals only twice.
Ukraine has been ten times.

Anthony Ko
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Excluding automatic finalist Guy Sebastian, Dami Im qualified after finishing top of the table, Isaiah Firebrace qualified after finishing 6th and Jessica Mauboy qualified after finishing 4th.

So Australia have actually competed on three semi-finals, not two. And there are several countries who also have a 100% record after their first three semi-final appearances.

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

I predict that the winner’s stage name will be in capital letters 😛

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Ukrainian selection is my favourite along DE and Melfest. Kazka had such a good song last year, it’s even better than their million views hit. And both of Tayanna’s songs are soo good

James
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James

Kween Tayanna!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Brunettes Shoot Blondes!
Oh yeah!

Sonia
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Sonia

Both have ombre.