Vidbir 2020 Ukraine Eurovision

Following 2019’s withdrawal, Ukraine’s broadcasters UA:PBC and STB have once again joined forces to organise Vidbir, Ukraine’s national final and on Monday 20 January they revealed the sixteen acts set to appear in the 2020 selection.

As always Ukraine’s national selection is filled with a diverse mix of artists, genres and interesting stage names.

Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020: Acts

  • Assol
  • CLOUDLESS
  • David Axelrod
  • Elina Ivashchenko
  • FO SHO
  • GARNA
  • GIO
  • Go-A
  • Jerry Heil
  • Katya Chilly
  • KHAYAT
  • KRUTЬ
  • MOONZOO feat. F.M.F. Sure
  • Oleksandr Poriadynskyi
  • [О]
  • TVORCHI

Several of these acts had been heavily tipped to take part in the weeks leading up to the announcement.

Elina Ivashchenko is a 17-year-old who’s star has been rising for several years: she won both The Voice Kids and the all-Ukrainian singing contest Black Sea Games. In 2019, she successfully auditioned for the tenth series of X Factor Ukraine. She previously said she was submitting the song “Get Up”, which she performed on The X Factor

Meanwhile YouTube star Jerry Heil promised 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.

KHAYAT returns after reaching the semi-final at Vidbir 2019.

For the first time since Vidbir’s introduction in 2016, there are no big name returnees such as KAZKA or Tayanna.

Prior to the artists announcement, Ukraine’s broadcasters published a set of new rules for the competition. Consequently, artists with recent performances in Russia are no longer able to enter the contest.

Vidbir 2020: Key Facts

The acts will be divided into two semi-finals on 8 and 15 February. On 22 February, the winner will be decided by a split of votes from a jury – consisting of 2006 Eurovision entrant Tina Karol, Andriy Danylko and radio exec Vitalii Drozdov – and the public.

Who do you want to win Ukraine’s 2020 national selection Vidbir? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 year ago

Why people don’t like Elina Ivashchenko? She sings very cool!

Alex M
Alex M
1 year ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Her song is bad.

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Elina has incredible voice but her song is nothing special for me

Kate
Kate
1 year ago

another song for Vidbir2020
GIO – Feeling so Lost
https://youtu.be/QhSdNneYCNw

Vladchik
Vladchik
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

Why are you providing unverified information? He performed this song during his first public concert on 14/11/2019, which automatically disqualifies it from entering Eurovision.
https://youtu.be/MuERbaZpM7k?t=87

Tasha
Tasha
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladchik

the same info about songs posted on official Instagram account of local broadcaster, all the links are correct
and EBU rules say song must be out after 1 September, so its hasnt break any rules

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladchik

read the rules for Eurovision first, every song that realised after 1st September can compite on Eurovision next year

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago

[O] is such an awesome band. Just take a listen: https://youtu.be/aNFwigbYlMY

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

I would’ve loved to have seen KAZKA compete again, but looking forward to this nonetheless!

Tasha
Tasha
1 year ago

Oleksandr Poriadynskyi “Saviour” sounds like young Barry White, amazing voice!
i was shocked find out he is only 21 years old… lol

Tasha
Tasha
1 year ago

links for Vidbir songs that already out (Elina’ song is here) :
Oleksandr Poriadynskyi “Saviour” (thanks god its not about god lol)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9T5JPs4hks

CLOUDLESS Drown Me Down (really cool )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUl8DXzR9uo

GARNA – Who We Are? (nice)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuL-ImsvCeo

waiting for songs of my favs Khayat and David :)))

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Wow! just look at ethnic diversity of these contestants, for slavic country it’s not very common thing, I love it)
hope the level of the songs will be high as well, bring it on Ukraine!

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago
Reply to  Nick

Ukraine’s been quite diverse for a East Slavic country- Gaitana (half Congolese) and Jamala (half Tartar and half Armenian, and Muslim).

ESC LOU
ESC LOU
1 year ago

No Laud this year 🙁

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Is there a country that loves names in ALL CAPS more than Ukraine?

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
1 year ago

I loved Katya Chilly on the voice. So excited she’s competing!

Bruno
Bruno
1 year ago

Khayat!!! so so happy he is back! Now i want the guy win and go to Rotterdam, what a unique and magical artist, and also sharming …. swoon

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Did they all pass the Crimea test or will that be examined live again?

Danylo
Danylo
1 year ago

They sure have passed the test of not performing in Russia and on occupied territories of Ukraine. Massive respect for those artists.

babushkaLazareva
babushkaLazareva
1 year ago
Reply to  Danylo

lmao

Party
Party
1 year ago

I’m disappointed there’s no TAYANNA 🙁

Apple
Apple
1 year ago

Please tell me Osoka is Khayat’s entry I will die my boy needs to win finally

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  Apple

no it’s not Osoka, he said he just finished recording the song for Eurovision

Apple
Apple
1 year ago
Reply to  Berta

Darn. Well I’m sure his new song will be good too

Africavision
Africavision
1 year ago

Call me immature, but I laughed reading the name “Assol”. Lol maybe I am pronouncing it wrong?

Andrii
Andrii
1 year ago
Reply to  Africavision

Some English names also sound weirdly for Ukrainians))
In Ukrainian it hasn’t got any funny or rude background

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago
Reply to  Africavision

Probably. The emphasis is strictly on the second syllable (so that the “A” sound is slightly reduced), plus the “L” is soft. Simply put, it’s nowhere near the a***ole 🙂

Teddie
Teddie
1 year ago
Reply to  Teddie

Although, the more I think about it the more it seems like the way a French person would pronounce a***ole – so still funny, I guess!

Cat
Cat
11 months ago
Reply to  Africavision

well, it’s her childhood nickname, she still wants to cherish that feeling of being 7 y.o. super star /s
we haven’t heard about this papa’s girl since that time so she has to use her old funny name to gain sympathy votes from grandmas 🙂 I wonder how much she paid to enter Vidibir with her lame voice.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Usually a lot of the Vidbir contestants have their songs out before the artist announcements. Any confirmed songs as of yet?

Kate
Kate
1 year ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

yes a lot of them are out, I think wiwi should provide all the links, few songs that I heard were really good, as I know official Twitter of Ukraine at Eurovision have all the links

Vladchik
Vladchik
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

So far, only 3 songs are available on Youtube: CLOUDLESS – Drown Me Down, Garna – Who We Are?, Oleksandr Poriadynskyi – Savior

Kate
Kate
1 year ago
Reply to  Vladchik

Elina and David have their songs out too

Vladchik
Vladchik
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

Last video on David page on YouTube is New Year’s greetings posted a week ago. Song for Eurovision is not there. Elina is re-arranging her song from X Factor “Get Up”. This arranging for Eurovision is not yet available either

Danylo
Danylo
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

David said his song will be released this week.

MikolasFan
MikolasFan
1 year ago

Very excited to see Kahyat back, hope the host will not throw his homophobic jokes to poor guy again, and im very intrigued what others will bring too,

hey wiwi ! many Vidbir songs are already out give us all links please 🙂

btw, interesting to see so much ethnic diversity in Ukrainian music industry

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 year ago

Is the delightful male host coming back too?

Mil
Mil
1 year ago

Yes

Quu
Quu
1 year ago

FO SHO are the best in this list!

Qiru
Qiru
1 year ago

Really excited to see Khayat back! He deserved better last time. ”Ever” is a masterpiece. I hope he’ll bring us another one this year.

JJ Abrahames
JJ Abrahames
1 year ago

KAZKA or Tayanna are not big names and almost all of competing talents are better then them especially in music material.

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  JJ Abrahames

well to be honest they’re very well known artists for sure, but Katya Chilly, David Axelrod, Khayat and Jerry Heil are pretty popular too in Ukraine and some of them have really good music and magical voices.
Others are not so popular but their music are great! I really like Vidbir line up this year

JJ Abrahames
JJ Abrahames
1 year ago
Reply to  JJ Abrahames

disliking truth is weird habbit

Danylo
Danylo
1 year ago
Reply to  JJ Abrahames

The dislikes show that there a lot of people who like Tayanna’s and/or Kazka’s music. And the truth is that music tastes are subjective, but its the quality that can be argued. Both Tayanna and Kazka’s tracks are high-quality music; there is no arguing that.

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  JJ Abrahames

In the context of Vidbir, Kazka and Tayanna can be considered “big time” as they are “returnees”, having been regulars in their selections for several years and their entries have pretty much been fan-favorites.

Jakub
Jakub
1 year ago

Pity that Verka Serduchka doesn’t compete with “Make it rain champagne”. I hoped they changed something and she will compete not judging the others 🙂

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  Jakub

Danylko said he doesn’t want to comeback as participater,
as he said ” Verka really wants to go Eurovision but Andriy doesn’t”

Oleh
Oleh
1 year ago
Reply to  Jakub

Serduchka has performed in Russia a lot of times, so (s)he can only judge the others who have not

Kate
Kate
1 year ago
Reply to  Oleh

he hasn’t had any concerts in Russia for 12 years

babushkaLazareva
babushkaLazareva
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

lots of private parties. & he was @ New wave closing party so yeah he has performed.

James
James
1 year ago
Reply to  Jakub

Verka regularly checks back into the Eurovision consciousness every May, either as part of a sketch (2016), an interval act (2019), or as a spokesperson announcing their country’s points (2016).

Kate
Kate
1 year ago

Khayat would be amazing choice, amazing voice,look and attitude, now I hope he gets amazing song to win 😀
and I know he speaks Arabic and English just fine, cool )

Olll
Olll
1 year ago

TVORCHI have an interesting sound

Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

ukrainian acts always have the most absurd stage names

Andrii
Andrii
1 year ago

I think we can’t compete with Czech

Kris
Kris
1 year ago
Reply to  Andrii

You do have assol to show you poop too

LisjaEsenski
LisjaEsenski
1 year ago

Khayat! Awesome news.

Berta
Berta
1 year ago

I know half of them, amazing artists, Jerry and Khayat gonna be fan favs for sure

Azaad
Azaad
1 year ago

I’m shocked that KAZKA with Palala/Nobody Like You aren’t in the lineup

Berta
Berta
1 year ago
Reply to  Azaad

they said they want to take a break from NL this year, I understand them as I remember how much hate they got from some crazy Maruv’ fans, it was terrible…

Kate
Kate
1 year ago

Khayat!!!!!! omg! yes!

What About Mars
What About Mars
1 year ago

No Jamala and Filatov! Was the host also sacked?

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
1 year ago

No…Serhij Pritula will host it

What About Mars
What About Mars
1 year ago

Ew. He also interrogated some singers last year.

Kate
Kate
1 year ago

he actually started all the mess with interrogations ( not Jamala) he also was joking about Khayat being beaten up by hooligans for his queer look, after public outrage he apologized to Khayat and viewers but I still don’t like him (((

What About Mars
What About Mars
1 year ago
Reply to  Kate

I can never forgive him for joking about Khayat’s look and humiliating Anna Maria for mentioning their mother’s “Russian involvement” in the first place.

filipko54
filipko54
1 year ago

Elina won X Factor too, you shoud mention it

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
1 year ago
Reply to  filipko54

I love her 1944

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Jerry Heil is a favourite here. Her songs are very catchy!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Jerry Heil is a favourite here, her songs are very catchy!

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I hope Khayat has a good song we need him in Rotterdam