Sixteen acts are participating in Ukraine’s Eurovision 2020 selection Vidbir. The first eight of these will compete for just three final spots in Saturday’s first semi-final.

The outcome of semi one, on 8 February,  will be decided by a combination of televote and scores from a jury panel. This panel consists of media producer Vitaliy Drozdov, Eurovision 2006 contestant and Ukrainian superstar Tina Karol and Andriy Danylko, who’s better known as his drag alter ego Verka Serduchka.

But which act should win? You can listen to (almost) all the entries below. And then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once. So, choose wisely!

Vidbir 2020 semi-final one acts and songs

1. [О] “Tam, kudy ya ydu”

The Ukrainian group [О] is an odd one. The band loves to combine music with futuristic elements. On “Tam, kudy ya ydu” (There, Where I Go)”, they want to spread the message that every life has a purpose. [O] describes their song as “an easy dance composition with hints of African rhythms”.

2. Jerry Heil “Vegan”

Jerry Heil initially found fame as a YouTube star in her native Ukraine. Recently, the young starlet also started a music career and will soon embark on a tour. But before that, she performs “Vegan” at Vidbir 2020. She previously described her song as “funny, but with a social message”. “Vegan” talks about a young girl’s struggles with society questioning her reasons to stop eating meat.

3. Katya Chilly “Pich”

Katya Chilly is a famous Ukrainian new age musician. Vidbir co-broadcaster STB called her entry “Pich” provocative upon its release. “Pich” is mysterious and combines different elements from Ukrainian folk music. According to Katya Chilly, the song talks about the uterus as according to Ukrainian folklore, new life is created there.

To be released

4. Krutь “99”

Marina Krut’ first rose to fame on The Voice of Ukraine, where she was coached by MONATIK — the opening act at Eurovision 2017. The songstress doesn’t go anywhere without her bandura, a traditional Ukrainian folk instrument. She takes her craft really seriously and states that music should not contain an easy beat just for hype. She will sing “99”.

5. Go-A “Solovey”

Go-A is a band from Kyiv. It’s comprised of singer Kataryna Pavlenko, multi-instrumentalist Taras Shevchenko, sopilka player Ihor Didenchuk and guitarist Ivan Hryhoryak. Go-A combine a range of genres, including EDM, traditional Ukrainian music and Drum & Bass. They are not scared to experiment. Those who love some classic Slavic folktronica will be in for a treat with “Solovey”.

6. Cloudless “Drown Me Down”

Formed in 2017, Cloudless is a trio from Kyiv that specialises in pop-rock. Since then, several of their compositions have made it onto soundtracks of Ukrainian films and series. They will perform “Drown Me Down”.

7. Gio “Feeling So Lost”

Pop musician Gio writes his own songs, including his Vidbir 2020 entry “Feeling So Lost”. In the past, Gio participated in different musical competitions, including both The Voice and X Factor. He says that every song he writes is based off an experience or emotion that he went through himself.

8. Assol “Save It”

The 25-year-old Assol originates from Donetsk and started singing and performing as soon as she could stand. Born Kateryna Humenyuk, Assol took her pseudonym from the name of the main character in the novel Scarlet Sails by Alexander Grin. She will sing “Save It”, a song which preaches that helping the world starts with oneself.

Who should win semi-final one of Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020?

Who do think will win semi-final two of Vidbir 2020? And who is your favourite? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Nairda
Nairda
8 months ago

Vegan is my Favorite!!

phil
8 months ago

Bronza is very talented singer/songwriter. I wonder why she is not on the list?

john
8 months ago

GIO is cool

Banana
Banana
8 months ago

In Ukrainian it’s actually Soloveyko and not Solovey or Salavey like it sounds in the song. The song doesn’t even sound to me that much Ukrainian. More like russian chastushki.

Banana
Banana
8 months ago

Assol sounds terrible in English. Terrible choice of the name.

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8 months ago

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1 ????? – ?????? – ?????? ?????? ?
2 ????? – ????? ?????????? ^_^
3 ????? – ??? ??????? – ?????? ;)))))

Nick
Nick
8 months ago

My top ? 1.GO-A 2. Assol 3. Jerry Heil

Anita
Anita
8 months ago

I love trumpets too much. Whenever I hear them in a song I tend to go for it. 😉
Pretty interesting stuff in this selection. I will make up my mind when the missing song is published. Bravo Ukraine.

Nastya
Nastya
8 months ago

1. Assol
2. Go_A
3. Cloudless

Staska
Staska
8 months ago

Assol is one of the best representatives of this country. Katya Chili and Goa – on the fan, how can you listen to this?

Banana
Banana
8 months ago

It’s Krut? for me all the way. The song is just perfect.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
8 months ago

Get that vegan votes, Jerry Heil!

Film
Film
8 months ago

Nice selection. Im excited to see most of them live and with staging Jerry Heil “Vegan”, Cloudless “Drown Me Down”, Go-A “Solovey”, Katya Chilly “Pich” and Krut? “99”

Héctor
Héctor
8 months ago

Interesting lineup. Almost all of them has something different. My top, except for the two remaining: 1. Assol – Save It (7.25). The song is, by any means, nothing new… the structure or the lyrics are already heard before, but the beat and the mood are really contagious. Don’t know why but the beat reminds me of something you would hear in a fancy elite-high class night club with people dancing all over the place and the lights going crazy. I can already see it with a cool staging to elevate it. It is still a diva but the overall… Read more »

oksana
oksana
8 months ago

” Go-A”, ” Solovey!”?
In my opinion this song better represent Ukrainian song. It makes unique and different. I love it!

Yvan
Yvan
8 months ago

Vegan, b*tches

Whisker
Whisker
8 months ago

Not bad at all, I am enjoying all of them except for one which I have heard many times before in some other form. I am mightly impressed tho with this selection. #welldone

Bonny
Bonny
8 months ago

so strong NS , maybe the strongest this year, wow!
the most I like Cloudless, Assol and Gio hope they go through,

but I’m waiting for second semi, there are my favs, Khayat and Fo Sho queens sisters 🙂

btw I love how Vidbir has artists with African, Arabic, Caucasian and Jewish roots, so cool !

Edward
Edward
8 months ago
Reply to  Bonny

There have been two black artists selected I’m the past two days (Czech Republic and Israel) lots of diversity this year lmao

Bonny
Bonny
8 months ago
Reply to  Edward

I know, that’s amazing!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago
Reply to  Bonny

Which Ukrainian artists are Jewish?

Crimea is Ukraine
Crimea is Ukraine
8 months ago

Denis, ti snova like nakruchivaesh?! :3

Alex M
Alex M
8 months ago

“99” is a very sweet song. I almost feel bad for it not going to the final.

Mariia
Mariia
8 months ago
Reply to  Alex M

It is in the final:)

Misha
Misha
8 months ago

Krut? 99 was just released… it makes the poll more complete ))) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW4bQ1GTD3c

Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Misha

It’s ok

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago
Reply to  Misha

Another good entry, by the way.

Kris
Kris
8 months ago

I’m not a fan of the singing in solovey
I like the music only parts though

Kris
Kris
8 months ago

I find vegan so quirky fun !!
Although I’m not vegan and would never become one cause my dog needs his protein ! But either way the song is fun

Milan
Milan
8 months ago

Cloudless is great, has a hint of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” at the beginning, but their English kind of destroys it for me. I’d like to hear a Ukrainian version for sure (and would prefer it anyway).

Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago

It’s not really surprising that Katya Chilly and Krut’ are at the bottom of this poll, because we don’t have their songs, yet … I’ll wait for these, before I make up my mind who should win …

Milan
Milan
8 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Both seem worth waiting for, as far as I can see.

Tibor
Tibor
8 months ago
Reply to  Milan

If we judge by what you can find of their earlier work online, then I agree. – Edit: I just listend to “99”, and it’s really something. Ukraine is coming strong again this year.

Mia
Mia
8 months ago

Very nice diverse selection, these I find interesting: Cloudless, Solovey, Tam kudy ya ydu. I’m not on Jerry Heil hype train, mostly because song does nothing for me. Regarding message I will take WAP presentation any time over this. WAP music video actually made me think and understand this topic (although music video reminds me of horror movie “The Farm” :)), while “Vegan” is Jerry Heil shouting at your face that she’s vegan like that is some kind of fashion accessory, which I personally find off-putting. Btw, it seems kinda problematic mentioning in lyrics Tinder (where she tries to find… Read more »

Pavel
Pavel
8 months ago
Reply to  Mia

“Vegan” takes the route of “Toy” with regards to the message (remember, how half-hearteadly “Toy” was linked to #MeToo buzz)

CoochieStank
CoochieStank
8 months ago
Reply to  Mia

I agree 100%. Her song is horrible.

Nick
Nick
8 months ago

I dont get hype around Vegan song, it’s funny but too silly for me
much more i prefer ethno bop from Go-A , super catchy Claudless boys band song and Khayat’ sexy folktronic Call 4 Love , one of them should win

CoochieStank
CoochieStank
8 months ago
Reply to  Nick

Khayat deserves the win.

Apple
Apple
8 months ago

I’m so excited to hear what Pich and 99 sound like

BleuKnaveXD236
BleuKnaveXD236
8 months ago

From listening to the songs on YouTube once only three caught my attention those being: CLOUDLESS, GO_A, and Jerry Heil. The rest sounded good as well for the most but they didn’t make me wanna listen to them again.

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago

I love how Ukrainian acts are not afraid of experimenting and how Vidbir is not scared of bringing them to the spolight. From the 6 available songs of this semi, Go-A has my favorite entry, but [O] is pretty cool too. “Vegan” is an interesting case, because it’s silly, super silly, but I can’t stop thinking it’s charming . Even the more conventional entries are solid, I especially liked the well done pop-rock by Cloudless.

Polegend Godgarina
8 months ago

solovej and vegan should be the two contenders to win the ukrainian selection this year

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
8 months ago

sis Khayat is miles better than Solovey, which is a billion miles ahead of whatever tf vegan is

Pavel
Pavel
8 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Khayat’s song is a generic mix of Kazka, Maruv & Max Barskih. Nothing remotely original

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
8 months ago
Reply to  Pavel

doesn’t have to be original to be good. when will people learn that. it isn’t a ripoff, those are bad, but it’s 100% inspired, and that’s fine. as long as the song is good I am happy.

CoochieStank
CoochieStank
8 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

Preachhh

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago

Why aren’t all the songs released yet?

Tasha
Tasha
8 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

14 of 16 are out, only two songs from semi 1 are not released, and i cant find info on local sites why Katya Chilly and Krut haven’t released their songs yet, its weird cos first semi is already in few days

Dima
Dima
8 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

@BadWoolfGirl & @Tasha Katya Chilly has said she is premiering her song during the sami. Krut said the song will be released this week together with a music video but it is still in progress its being animated.

Mike Soto
Mike Soto
8 months ago

If Jerry Heil wins Vidbir, it’s over; the 2021 contest will be in Kiev.

Tasha
Tasha
8 months ago
Reply to  Mike Soto

noway juries in Rotterdam will let Vegan win, they will kill it with no mercy/
i hope Go A or Khayat winning

Apple
Apple
8 months ago
Reply to  Tasha

Go_A has a much better song than Khayat this year. The best are definitely Go_A, Assol, and [O] from what’s been released so far

Pavel
Pavel
8 months ago
Reply to  Tasha

“Vegan” might be the “Toy” of this year with regards of turning a serious message into a joke entry.

Otto
Otto
8 months ago

Gio “Feeling So Lost” and… maybe Jerry Heil “Vegan” . I don’t now.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
8 months ago

Ukraine, you’re simply the best. No wonder they’ve got the perfect 100% qualification rate – these songs are just so good – fresh, original, diverse, current, you name it. Go-A is probably my favourite (amazing mix of traditional sounds and electronic beats), closely followed by [O] (I love the unconventional structure of this song and the fun jazzy vibes it gives me). But, as I said, I find every song great, what a selection. Now I’m definitely pumped up to hear the songs from the 2nd semi.
SN: shouldn’t this article be published after all the entries are released?

UncelDick
UncelDick
8 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

agree, second semi is brilliant as well, especially Tvorchi and Khayat have absolutely slaying songs!

Mil
Mil
8 months ago
Reply to  UncelDick

Tvorchi with their song that has absolutely no development and just la-la-la in the chorus?

Alex M
Alex M
8 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

If this article was to be published after all the songs are released, it wouldn’t be published at all. Because every year some Vidbir contestant waits until actual show to release their song. This year Wiwi did the right thing.

alltheblood
alltheblood
8 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Have you heard MoonZooo with Maze they are in 2nd semi? Guys are amazing, they creatimg something new in the field of EDM call it Sad Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq7md78ZGN4

Roelof Meesters
Roelof Meesters
8 months ago

If Solovey wins Ukraine has another top 10 on their hands, that song is just so epic. I’m glad that despite those ridiculous rules for the participants Ukraine still manages to come with a great selection.

Dima
Dima
8 months ago

Rules are not ridicules! Please have respect for Ukrainians especially for those who have been affected by the war!

OhhHoney
OhhHoney
8 months ago

So many great songs except for Vegan, that’s just dreadful.
I was most excited to hear Katya Chilly’s entry but you know, voting on a poll when some songs aren’t out yet…

CoochieStank
CoochieStank
8 months ago
Reply to  OhhHoney

Vegan is god awful.

Dima
Dima
8 months ago

I was kind of sad when Tulia didn’t qualify last year. But then their staging was lacking…
I’m afraid same thing might happen to GO-A. Please don’t let me down.

Pavel
Pavel
8 months ago
Reply to  Dima

Tulia didn’t qualify because of one Czech juror (who did the ranking upside down and deprived Tulia of 2 points eventually and added 1 to ZENA, making all the difference)

Kris
Kris
8 months ago
Reply to  Dima

The singing parts absolutely reminded me of Tulia and Pali se

Azaad
Azaad
8 months ago
Reply to  Dima

Ukraine have a historically far better record than Poland, not to mention consistently excellent staging. Not to mention that their song is better (of course this is my subjective opinion)

Dima
Dima
8 months ago

I’m looking forward to hearing Krut’s and Chilly’s entries. Particularly 99 by Krut’ her song was produced by the same guy that did Ukraine’s JESC 2018 entry Say Love.

UncelDick
UncelDick
8 months ago

Can i just say how Vidbir is a serve this year, such a strong NS

Alex M
Alex M
8 months ago
Reply to  UncelDick

Diversity is Vidbir’s strong point this year.

UncelDick
UncelDick
8 months ago
Reply to  Alex M

Exactly! Celebrate Diversity :)))

Bruno
Bruno
8 months ago

Jerry has a super cool catchy song Vegan , but i want that guy who looks like Zane Malik to win the whole thing lol,
Kahyat its your year baby !

Dima
Dima
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruno

I think he might face strong competition this year from other artists. Watch out for GO-A and ethno-folk singer Katya Chilly is collaborating with electronic musician for her entry.

Peyton
Peyton
8 months ago

I literally haven’t been able to stop listening to Vegan since it came out. Such a BOP

Talula
Talula
8 months ago

Jerry or Cloudless will win semi and Go A will join them in the final, where i want to see Khayat winning Vidbir with his folktronic bop Call 4 Love

btw Cloudless video-clip is hilarious :DDD

MikolasFan
MikolasFan
8 months ago

Jerry or Cloudless will win semi and Go A will join them in the final, where i want to see Khayat winning Vidbir with his folktronic bop Call 4 Love

btw Cloudless video-clip is hilarious :DDD

Bun
Bun
8 months ago

Go A is really the best song in this semi for me. I understand the hype Jerry is getting but it really doesn’t work for me.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

Man, if only Jerry won it and We All Poop were still in it for the Czech Republic. Could’ve been a great year for vegans at Eurovision. My mom would’ve been pleased!

Yohio
Yohio
8 months ago

I like Vegan, Cloudless, looking forward to Krut’ actually

Tasha
Tasha
8 months ago

Jerry has a huuuge fan base it will help her to win semi, but in the final we gonna have a real battle, Khayat, Go A and Cloudless are my favorites

sam
sam
8 months ago

JERRY HEIL WILL WIN! after last years TRAGIC loss of the beautiful maruv, we need #VEGAN to reignite ukraines fire

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

she will win this easy breezy lemon squeezy

CoochieStank
CoochieStank
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

I will lose all hope for humanity if she does win.

Kosey
Kosey
8 months ago

Go-A and Cloudless for me.
I really can’t connect with Jerry. It comes across as a little childish and I have no interest in veganism, but then again, I doubt I am the target audience.

ESC Ukraine
ESC Ukraine
8 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I am the target audience and I can’t connect with it either..

Duncan
8 months ago
Reply to  ESC Ukraine

I’m anti-vegan but I love the song.

Khan
Khan
8 months ago
Reply to  Duncan

Duncan how can you be “anti-vegan” just say you’re a moron and go

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I freaking hate that vegan song. It’s so annoying, And if that passes semifinal (and God forbid win), Ukraine can say goodbye to its perfect qualification record.