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.
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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.
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