Tonight the second semi-final of Vidbir 2020 took place.

Another eight contestants performed hoping to secure the three remaining spots in the final — with the ultimate goal of winning the Ukrainian ticket to Eurovision 2020.

After the points were added up, the lucky three were: KhayatDavid Axelrod and Tvorchi.

Vidbir 2020: Semi-Final Two

In this year’s Vidbir, the acts faced jury members Tina Karol, Andriy Danylko and Vitaly Drozdov, as well as the televoters. Both the jury and televote contributed 50% of the overall results.

Qualified for the final

Khayat – “Call for Love”

Khayat dropped some fierce and high-art visuals for his performance. The performance seemed like somewhat out of space but yet on point. There was great interaction between the dancers and the camera work, too.

David Axelrod – “Horizon”

David had some dancers on stage – they were dressed in white wearing wings. The performance was effortless and the LED created some nice images.

Tvorchi – “Bonfire”

Rounding out the show was TVORCHI. He had some impressive vocals to show off. The lyrics were at times also appearing on the screen, creating direct interaction with the audience. However, the performance had an issue that recent Eurovision performances including a DJ on stage had as well – there was a sort of discrepancy between him and the singer.

Did not qualify

MOONZOO feat. F.M.F. Sure – “Maze”

MOONZOO and F.M.F. Sure opened the second semi-final with their track “Maze”. The performance was nicely staged and rapper F.M.F. brought some extra texture to the track. But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to impress the judges nor the public.

FO SHO – “BLCK SQR”

FO SHO’s performance was all about vocal harmonies in the beginning, but they quickly unveiled their fierce attitude. Delivering a very contemporary cut, “BLCK SQR” came across as a very modern and impressive cut — that’s also due to the personalities of the trio.

Elina Ivashchenko – “Get Up”

Elina delivered an emotional performance of her X Factor winning song “Get Up”. The staging included smoke on the ground and a simple, yet effective LED-background. The camera focused on Elina herself and captured some great moments. Vocally, Elina was on point, too.

Oleksandr Poriadynskyi – “Savior”

Oleksandr’s performance was all about great vocal moments. His voice got to shine in his performance of “Savior”. The staging helped it come across as a dramatically presented and definitely emotional cut. However, the passionate performance didn’t end up too high with either judges and the public, which means that we won’t see him in the final again, unfortunately.

Garna – “Who We Are?”

Garna delivered a powerful and energetic performance with “Who We Are?” The LED effects went along well with the songs’ progression.

Did your favourites go to through or did they crash out? Do you agree with the results? Let us know in the comments below!

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Aura
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Aura

He and his influential wife (she is a well-known Ukrainian producer) probably bought the place in the final. I will not be surprised if he accidentally will win the whole thing.

Stupynka
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Stupynka

Ukraine , next year I wanna see Maruv feat. Fo Sho. Now, that’s a winner!

CoochieStank
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CoochieStank

Khayat should win 100% but his singing and performance should be tweaked a bit.

Stupynka
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Stupynka

How on earth did Khayat go through? Sounds like he swallowed a frog and just had his first English class. Embarrassing quality this year and the jury work too. I’d guess Tvorchi or Krut 99 will represent Ukraine.

mrjeffster
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mrjeffster

I love Khayat and his song, so don’t agree with the spirit of your comment, but your swallowed a frog comment made me lol. If you listen to his other stuff, that’s just what his voice sounds like. I dig it! He does need to figure out how to sing in English tho.

Malalinka
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Malalinka

Please Ukraine, send Khayat to Rotterdam!!!!

jim
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jim

lhet mhweeee hwoldddd yoo anttttttttttttt
cwall fworrr LwOOOOuuuvvv!!!11!!

Ana
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Ana

Exactly, who’s aunt he’s holding? I listened like 3 times and there are parts that I absolutely can’t understand no matter how I try

Stupynka
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Stupynka

Hahaha not my aunt

Mil
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Mil

It is not the language, it is his special way of singing. I heard him speaking English and he sounded fine.

Ana
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Ana

Well nobody cares how his spoken English is because he’s going to ESC not to TED. So what’s the point to praise his wonderful English outside the song. Maybe he also has amazing cooking skills and a champ in oral sex. How does it help the fact that this song sounds funny with that accent?

Mariia
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Mariia

Probably because his wife is Tina Carol friend and a producer

Kaye
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Kaye

Maybe Tina Carol is friend and produser Vidbir is wife?

Ana
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Ana

About the black girls. Like really? Can you spot even 1 hook in that song? This song is all over the place, a total mess. And the thought that Ukraine could be represented by a cheap, messy copy of an American hip hop track is just horrifying. It would be another thing if they at least were rapping in Ukrainian but that’s just a sad attempt to sound ”like in America”, and nobody needs that, there’s enough of this music made in actual America.

Mariia
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Mariia

Totally agree with you

primadonna
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primadonna

“the black girls” you should restrain your racism

Ana
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Ana

They are black and they are girls. You should restrain the stick in your ass. So calling a black person ”black” is considered an insult? Maybe you’re the racist.

David
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David

FO SHO ?

Banana
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Banana

The only ones who sounded interesting were Fo Sho. The rest are quite average.
Well, I hope Krut’ practices a lot (we need to hear her beautiful vocals more than the back vocals) because her song is the best so far.

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

This was definitely a much weaker semi compared to the first one. The winner is still ‘Solovey’ for me especially if they work a little more to improve the performance and the staging. My gut tells me though that ’99’ will probably win and I’m ok with that too.

Ana
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Ana

Khayat is a cute boy but gosh he sounds weird in English. The others are not doing it to me. I think if Go_A would improve live (replacing at least one of the backing singers) they might win

Alessandro
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Alessandro

I agree. It feels like he has an arabic-russian accent. It’s really weird.

Cat
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Cat

his father is arab, that’s why he has this strange name Khayat. nothing weird
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khayat

Yana
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Yana

His father isn’t an Arab LOL

Simone
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Simone

LOL?? This is weird because he speaks russian and ukrainian without an arabic accent! He artificially sings in English like that, and it seems weird to me too

Talula
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Talula

he actually speaks English just fine , Khayat has a degree as translator in English and Arabic languages, his manner of singing is very unusual and that’s probably the case here
his stepdad is Brit citizen btw and Khayat has had an internship in USA as student at some point

Ana
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Ana

It doesn’t matter what degree and citizenship he has, in the song he rapes the language to the point it’s hard to understand which language is that. Those things work sometimes (Bjork would be a good example) but it doesn’t work for his song.

Stupynka
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Stupynka

No matter what you say its a big difference between writing and speaking – and singing requires additional good technique which he unfortunately lacks.
I’d rather see Ukrainians perform in their own beautiful language if they can’t do better than this.

Lomba
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Lomba

I’d like to point out that many people that know English very well, or studied in the US still have accents, sometimes pretty heavy ones. Nas Daily would be a good example. He’s a famous blogger and he went to freaking Harward, but you can clearly hear an accent in almost every word he says, so knowing English isn’t enough to actually be able to have a decent accent. And in a song, weird accents are even more evident than in just speaking.

Thorbeta
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Thorbeta

It’s his enunciation and I also find it distracting unfortunately.

Jackson
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Jackson

I liked Tvorchi. Yes, the stage production and choreography need to be refined, but he is the only charismatic singer in Vidbir.
I don’t think the live was so bad. Maruv sounded even worse

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Finally watched the performances, I’m glad that Khayat and Tvorchi qualified. The only song that does nothing for me in the final is David’s (plus the angel wings are still a recent trauma to me), but he’s a great singer and gave it all tonight, so I think it’s fair. It will be a great final and I guess I’m still with “Solovey” in this one.

Tibor
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Tibor

David Axelrod (I‘m still not over the name) will come 6th in the final. I guess that’s the only thing we know for sure, yet. 😉

Mia
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Mia

I expected Roko and Houdek to join the performance at some point hahaha

Sabrina
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Sabrina

Right? Too early to have angel wings again. 😀

Mia
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Mia

Tvorchi live was such disappointing, how can they win the semi?
Khayat was the best, but still I’m not blown away tbh.
My Vidbir favorite remains Solovey.

lasse braun
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lasse braun

the singer from tvorchi was not in best shape but tvorchi wins semi 2 at the jury and the televoting – this was a surprise because nearly everybody has reckoned with khayatz as the winner from semi 2.
what we can learn about this – tvorchi is the wanted act from? ; or we will see a battle between the white angel with a bandura and Go_A in the final?
time will tell.

Stupynka
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Stupynka

Krut 99 will step up the performance in the final. The best song. The rest of Vidbir this year is too poor. Sorry Ukraine. So much talent – so bad selections.

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Khayat was amazing tonight! wow! Now rumors are saying he gonna change girls to guys in his ballet and get rid of one of back vocalist in the final, cant wait to see it:)

So the host Pritula didn’t learn his last year lesson and has throw another homophobic remark during Khayat’ talks with juries *facepalm*
and of course his sexist jokes to Tina were horrible too, what a clown, local fans on twitter were really angry with his inappropriate jokes….ugh!

Cat
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Cat

homophobic joke from Prytula? homophobic joke was on Tina who said to replace girls with boys on high heels (Kozaky – they started as her back dancers and can be nice replacement indeed 🙂

Mariia
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Mariia

What is homophobic about Tina saying to add Kazaky?

Andrei
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Andrei

OMG, Benny Cristo’s performance was horrible! He really can’t deliver a live performance… The only positive thing about his song is the beat. No qualification for CZ this year…. The juries will kill this atrocity, and for good reason! Now, back to Ukraine’s Vidbir: Khayat for the win!

Tom
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Tom

Nobody give a fu… About your poor taste and opinion byee

Mariia
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Mariia

I actually really liked the performance

Mike Soto
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Mike Soto

If anyone other than Jerry Heil wins Vidbir, a huge sigh of relief will be felt across Italy and Sweden. Otherwise Eurovision returns to Kiev next year.

Ana
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Ana

Yeah, the horribly written song about an outdated topic sang by a non singer is such a huge threat to everyone. Are you drunk or something?

Hermès
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Hermès

Outdated topic? Girl really? 😀 you should be the one checking ur alcohol balance. Rough night? Btw I suggest you inform urself before spreading hateful comments towards singers. Jerry Heil is no Whitney Houston but she can sing…

Ana
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Ana

Being a vegan in 2020 is nothing new or special. It’s a thing that could amaze people in 2010, not now when so many people are vegan. It looks new and fresh for Ukrainians maybe (trends travel slowly to this part of the world). To me it’s just dumb. And even if we pretend that veganism is a fresh topic, it doesn’t help the idiotic lyrics that sound like a child with learning disorder wrote them. It’s a pathetic entry. Ukraine deserves more than that. Give that song to San Marino and it would be just fine for them

Kosey
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Kosey

Post-veganism is the new veganism

Polegend Godgarina
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i demand justice for fo sho! shocking to see david axelrod in the top 3. don’t get the obsession over khayat either, there’s too much going on in his song.

Hermès
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Hermès

His entry also let me down but performance wise all can be changed. As for the song itself if only he could pull a Safura and work his English, much of the song would sound much better…. agree about fo sho too !! Would have been something in the final!

Kosey
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Kosey

Khayat, man, I am willing to put aside the pronunciation, the slightly questionable vocals and the dodgy moustache, I am loving your vibe and you have a bop on your hands!

bryan
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bryan

Bravo 🙂

West
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West

I admit – Khayat was best, but I much prefer his performence from last year.

Mascha
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Mascha

Same.

OhhHoney
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OhhHoney

As much as I like bonfire, their performance was not a stand out. Those vocals were a mess so I’m surprised they came first.

Tibor
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Tibor

Vidbir has a really strong line-up for the final, I’d be perfectly okay with four of them winning. A bit sad that Fo Sho didn’t make it through, but both televote and jury placed them 6th. Hip-Hop is still having its difficulties with the Eurovision audience. Or rather the other way around.

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

Tvorchi are good artists. But that performance a while ago was a lackluster. Oh well, it’s what Ukraine wants anyway.

BleuKnaveXD236
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BleuKnaveXD236

Not a bad job to all the performers… I’ll admit my winner is still GO_A from semi one but I thought all the performers did a good job overall even the songs that weren’t my favorite I enjoyed. My favorite performances were Fo Sho and Khayat… but I’ll admit Khayat was a bit of a disappointment… not his vocals but the performance I found a bit cringy when they did the phone thing with their hands at the call for love parts -_- anyways good job overall. Good luck to the qualifiers nonetheless.

Marcus
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Marcus

Hm, I wonder if there were technical issues. Most every song had a pretty horrendous live performance today…

I’m glad Tvorchi and Khayat made it through though, but I would have liked for Fo Sho to join them.

willchrisiam
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willchrisiam

I love Khayat and his song is really good, but what was that? His accent is horrible. I honestly couldn’t understand 90% of what he was saying. The staging is a mess. I was expecting an explosion of color or at least something trippy, not rusted copper. Thankfully all the big elements are good, he just needs to work on his English and change the staging.

James
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James

He will need a dialect coach to help him that in case he wins next week.

mrjeffster
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mrjeffster

I’m willing to be his dialect coach.

Safiya
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Safiya

Arendt we going to talk about Benny Cristo’s performance? IMO it was pretty good

West
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West

It really was – though still the pre-revamp version, so who knows how the song’ll sound later.

Mariia
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Mariia

I agree. It was amazing

fala
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fala

it was really boring.

Whisker
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Whisker

It was OK. The stage was too empty. But I like him a lot.

Mariia
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Mariia

Am I the only one sad because of Tvorchi vocals? It was pretty bad I think and they were my favorites. Khayat should be first. I hope that he will win after all

From Czech Republic in love with Ukraine
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From Czech Republic in love with Ukraine

You are not the only one…I hope he will sing better in the final because they are my favourite to win!!

No One
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No One

Same here, it was so underwhelming, Tvorchi was my n.2 but I’m so disappointed. Rooting for Khayat harder than before now.

Cat
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Cat

I’m sad because judges and the audience are equally deaf, they were horrible live and there’s no excuse to sing that bad in singing contest.

Mariia
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Mariia

I am sure that it will be different in the final because jury read the comments after performances and learn from it

First row at ESC & JESC
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First row at ESC & JESC

bad choice from Ukraine. How to choose winners was demonstrated by Lithuania today.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

David axelrod? Da faq

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

Khayat and Tvorchi totally deserved to qualify, though i would put Khayat first, he was on fire tonight!
but Axelord is odd here, probbaly older viewers voted for him , i would put through Fo Sho instead

Grand Final gonna be a bloodbath Go-A vs Jerry vs Khayat vs Krutb
cant wait!

Vlad
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Vlad

This article is written not with attitude (unlike your blog name says).
You even didn;t mention in which placing every participant finished. So i’ll do your job for the qualifiers at least

16pts Tvorchi (8 jury + 8 audience)
14pts Khayat (7 jury + 7 audience)
11pts David Axelrod (6 jury + 5 audience)

Mariia
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Mariia

It is great article I think considering how much time they had. The selection finished like 1 hour ago or less

Emma
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Emma

FO SHO is out.. I’m really sad :(!

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I thought Khayat and David were the best two performers on the night so no problem there.
I expected Elina to be the 3rd choice though. Tvorchi was not one of my favourites.

Mil
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Mil

With Khayat getting only 7 from the jury and especially from the public I am afraid he will not win. I can’t say I adore his song but I think he would be the best Ukraine’s representative at ESC.

Mariia
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Mariia

He still has chances to win. I think that STB is just putting on some show as they like to do. The winner should not be obvious

Cat
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Cat

how they can “put a show” if there’s an auditor who counts the televotes?

Mariia
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Mariia

Ok, as a true Ukrainian I don’t believe in the honest voting:) it is weird to have audience and jury agree like this. But who knows

Mariia
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Mariia

Every Ukrainian knows what this channel is like. They even have a fake psychic show

Cat
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Cat

Elina had a chance only if she can sing it a cappella.

KESC
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KESC

Khayat should win!!