Ukraine’s national final — popularly referred to as Vidbir — is set to return in 2020. And according to Znaj.ua, the names of the acts set to sing for a ticket to Rotterdam will be revealed on 10 January. Not long at all!
With the live semi-finals planned for 8 and 15 February and the final planned for 22 February 2020, the fifth edition of Vidbir will follow the same pattern as previous years.
The acts will be judged by three panelists, including Andriy Danylko and Tina Karol. While the former is the creative father of Eurovision 2007 runner-up and drag act Verka Serduchka, the latter represented Ukraine at Eurovision 2006. She’s considered one of the biggest female stars in Eastern Europe.
Speaking of Verka Serduchka: the drag act recently released a new single called “Make It Rain Champagne”. Since its release, some Ukrainians have suggested the broadcaster cancel Vidbir in favour of sending the dance hit to Rotterdam.
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To avoid possible controversy, Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC introduced a new rule that acts that want to participate in its national final should not have entered the territory of the Russian Federation in the five preceding years.
While some worry that big Ukrainian acts will shy away from Vidbir in 2020, several local artists have already expressed their interest in participating, including Elina Ivashchenko, Andriy Boyko and Jerry Heil.
As reported previously, X Factor Ukraine winner Elina Ivashchenko would love to bring her power ballad “Get Up” to the stage. She already performed “Get Up” during the final of X Factor. Both Vidbir judges Tina Karol and Andriy Danylko have judged Elina before. Tina was her coach during The Voice Kids and Andriy was one of the judges during her X Factor journey.
Former child star Andriy Boyko would like to perform a “serious song” as well. Andriy previously tried to represent his country at Junior Eurovision and sang duets with Eurovision 2008 winner Dima Bilan and Eurovision 2008 runner-up Ani Lorak. He told local media:
“I fully understand how serious this is — we treated the song tenderly and tried to make it as honest and real as possible! This is a story about how I was in a relationship with a girl! I want to show by my example that a teenager of 17 years old may be an artist.”
Meanwhile YouTube star Jerry Heil promises to bring a “funny song with a social undertone”. The song covers a social topic that is not only of importance in Ukraine, but also outside of her home country. She said that unlike most of her material, which is in Ukrainian, the song will be performed in English.
Who would you like to see participate in Ukraine’s national final Vidbir and represent the country at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam? Would you like to see Elina Ivashchenko, Andriy Boyko or Jerry Heil? Let us know in the comments below!