Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 returned in spectacular fashion over the weekend. On Saturday, Krutь, Go_A and Jerry Heil qualified from semi one of the national selection. This week, another eight acts take a shot at nabbing the last three slots in the final.
The second semi-final of Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 will take place on 15 February and the winner will be decided by a combination of televote and the scores of a jury panel. This panel will consist of media producer Vitaliy Drozdov, Eurovision 2006 contestant and Ukrainian superstar Tina Karol and Andriy Danylko, who’s better known as his drag act Verka Serduchka.
Vidbir 2020 semi-final two acts and songs
In semi two, we will be presented with three groups — Moonzoo feat. F.M.F. Sure, Fo Sho and Tvorchi. Soloists Khayat, Elina Ivashchenko, Oleksandr Poriadynskyi, GARNA and David Axelrod will also grace the stage.
1. Moonzoo feat. F.M.F. Sure “Maze”
Ukraine’s semi-final two kicks off with an electro-rap collaboration from Moonzoo and F.M.F. Sure. Moonzoo come from Lviv and describe their music as “sad dance”, combining elements of synth-pop, dance music and blues. F.M.F. Sure hails from the United States and contributes a rap bridge to “Maze”. The two acts previously collaborated on “Colder”.
2. Fo Sho “Blck Sqr”
Fo Sho is made up of three sisters — Betty, Siona and Miriam Endale — whose Ethiopian parents settled in Kharkov. Although the siblings did not immediately decide to pursue a career in music, they have always been a musical family. Fo Sho released their first single “Catchy” in 2019. Their entry at Vidbir 2020 is called “Blck Sqr”, after the famous Malevich painting with the same name.
3. Elina Ivashchenko “Get Up”
Despite only being 18 years of age, Elina Ivashchenko has won numerous festivals and televised singing competitions, including The Voice Kids and X Factor Ukraine. She co-wrote her the power ballad “Get Up”, which she premiered during the X Factor final.
4. Oleksandr Poriadynskyi “Savior”
Oleksandr Poriadynskyi is best known as the winner of the fourth series of X Factor Ukraine in 2014, which he won at the tender age of 15. He says that “Saviour” will not leave anyone indifferent, as it deals with the cruelty of the modern world.
5. GARNA “Who We Are?”
GARNA grew up in Luhansk and started singing aged five. Throughout her career, she performed as a lead singer with several bands, including MANERA and PrimeOrchestra. In 2019, she decided to start her own solo project with a focus on pop-rock songs. GARNA will mix multiple genres with “Who We Are?”
6. Khayat “Call for Love”
Khayat is the only returnee from Vidbir 2019. Shortly after his last national selection adventure, Khayat went on to The Voice of Ukraine. There he finished third as part of Tina Karol’s team. Since then, he’s become one of the country’s most popular folktronica artists. His music is a combination of pop elements with Slavic and Arab ethno sounds. Will he make the final this year?
7. David Axelrod “Horizon”
Before 2018, David Axelrod was known under his real name Volodymyr Tkachenko. He previously tried to represent Ukraine at Eurovision in 2006, but lost out to Tina Karol. Since then, he’s competed in numerous television talent shows, most notably X Factor Ukraine and New Wave. He waited for five years to premier his piano ballad “Horizon”, which he wrote when his girlfriend was pregnant.
8. Tvorchi “Bonfire”
Tvorchi is an electro duo from Ternopil. They are music producer Andriy Hutsulyak and singer-songwriter Jefferi Kenny, who met each other by accident. With two albums to their name, they are best known known for 2019’s “Believe”. It’s reached almost one million views on YouTube, even though the budget for the video only $100.
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