After Saturday’s first semi-final in Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 ended, judges Andriy Danylko and Vitaliy Drozdov discussed the show on the YouTube show SLUH.
Unlike semi-finals in past years, the Vidbir judges and the televoting public seemed to agree with one another this time. Both picked the same top three to go through the final of the country’s Eurovision 2020 selection, with both also awarding eight points to the semi-final winner Krutь.
As per tradition, the judges responded to comments and questions posed on social media in relation to their own comments and the show in general.
Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 jury talk semi-final one
What a Eurovision song should be like
The jury is tasked with finding the best song. But they do not look for entries that match a particular image or tick certain boxes. They search for a certain spontaneity or a song that speaks to their souls, rather than to their brains.
Drozdov said: “Imagine if we had all artists singing ponderous ballads with long gowns and wind machines. Is that not thought out either? It should rather be bright.”
Danylko adds: “I am slightly against. I am not of the old order, but I am in favour of the act being unusual and that it calls for certain emotions. When Lordi won Eurovision, they changed the status quo. Unusual acts can win.”
To that, he also says: “When Ruslana won, they all came in with drums the following year. Every single year, each country tries to copy the winner of the past year. That’s why there is a professional jury, who can balance out this phenomenon to its maximum extent.”
On Jerry Heil’s “Vegan”
During the broadcast, Vitaliy Drozdov disagreed with Andriy Danylko on Jerry Heil‘s entry “Vegan”. While the man behind Verka Serduchka doubted the quality of the entry, Drozdov came in to defend her. He described the song as part of the “drive of the new generation”. Eventually, Danylko only awarded Jerry five points, his fourth place.
Danylko said: “I judge the track. Even when I have to say something about the performance, I should say something about the song. Because Eurovision is after all about the song.”
Drozdov interjected, saying: “It’s about the song and the performance”.
Danylko concluded: “That’s clear. But without the song, there is no performance.”
Do they miss Jamala?
The Vidbir jury panel has changed consistently throughout the years due to scandals and fights. As a result, Andriy Danylko is been the only judge that has sat on the jury since the show’s inception in 2016. In the last two editions, Andriy Danylko sat alongside Jamala and Evhen Filatov, who were changed for Tina Karol and Vitaliy Drozdov for 2020.
“I was comfortable with Ruslana, with Konstantin Meladze, with all of them… I am nice person (smiles). I don’t know how it happened that I am the only one who’s left here,” answers Danylko.
Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 semi-final one televoting results
Ukraine’s broadcasters STB and UA:PBC also released the percentage each contestant got from the televoting. The voting was carried out via SMS and the free Teleportal.
- Krutь with “99” – 22.69%
- Go_A with “Solovey” – 18.11%
- Jerry Heil with “Vegan” – 16.28%
- Cloudless with “Drown Me Down” – 14.75%
- Gio with “Feeling So Lost” – 8.84%
- Katya Chilly with “Pich” – 8.44%
- [O] with “Tam, kudy ya ydu” – 5.46%
- Assol with “Save It” – 5.43%
What do you make of the results of the semi-final one of Vidbir 2020? Do you agree with the comments from Andriy Danylko and Vitaliy Drozdov?