It’s the selection that ended with an almighty BANG! in 2019. This time round, the Ukrainian broadcasters will be hoping for a less dramatic conclusion to Vidbir 2020. Ahead of the finale, the running order draw has been made — Krutь will open while Tvorchi will close.

Elsewhere, split results show that Elina Ivashchenko came painfully close to reaching the final of the country’s Eurovision selection.

Vidbir 2020 final running order

STB and UA:PBC arranged the running order for the final of Vidbir 2020 shortly after the second semi-final. In it, we see that semi-final one winner Krutь will open the show and electronic duo Tvorchi will close.

  1. Krutь with “99”
  2. Jerry Heil with “Vegan”
  3. Go_A with “Solovey”
  4. David Axelrod with “Horizon”
  5. Khayat with “Call for Love”
  6. Tvorchi with “Bonfire”

Vidbir 2020 semi-final two split results

Elina Ivashchenko almost qualified

Tvorchi, Khayat and David Axelrod advanced from Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020 semi-final two last weekend.

However, the split results show that both the public and jury had a hard time deciding their favourites. In a new episode of web series SLUH, Vidbir 2020 jury members Andriy Danylko and Vitaliy Drozdov again discussed the results.


After the show, Vidbir broadcaster STB revealed the exact percentages each contestant received from the voting. While Tvorchi were clear winners with 22.03% of votes cast and Khayat followed strongly with 17.87%. The other contestants’ percentages were rather close.

Oleksandr Poriadynskyi received six points with 11.72%, David Axelrod received five points with 11.56%, Elina Ivashechnko received four points with 10.94% and Fo Sho received three points with 10.77%. This shows that Elina was just less than 1% short of qualifying.

From the split jury results, it became clear that Eurovision 2006 star Tina Karol voted very differently from Danylko and Drozdov. While the latter pair gave their top marks to Tvorchi and their seven points to Moonzoo, Tina had a completely different top two.

Tina Karol gave her eight points to Khayat and her seven points to X Factor Ukraine winner Elina Ivashchenko. Eventually, Elina only received four points from the jury as both Drozdov and Danylko gave her low marks. Danylko commented on Elina’s performance during SLUH:

“People [like Elina] who, I call them professional talent show contestants, they all sing the same songs.”

What do you think of the Vidbir 2020 running order? And what do you make of the split results? Let us know in the comments.

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Tvorchi is gonna win….their odds just keep getting higher and higher.Not a bad choice if Ukraine sends them, probably the only song that could do well in Eurovision

bryn collins
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bryn collins

“99”or”vegan” win plz

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Here the Detailed Jury Votes in the first and second semi. Draw Song Danylko Karol Drozdov Total Points 1 “Tam, kudy ya ydu” 3 3 3 9 3 2 “Vegan” 5 7 7 19 7 3 “Pich” 4 6 4 14 4 4 “99” 7 8 8 23 8 5 “Solovey” 8 5 5 18 6 6 “Drown Me Down” 6 2 6 14 5 7 “Feeling So Lost” 1 4 2 7 2 8 “Save It” 2 1 1 4 1 Draw Song Danylko Karol Drozdov Total Points 1 “Maze” 7 2 7 16 5 2 “Blck Sqr” 2… Read more »

Berta
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Berta

oh nice, my two favs are perform last, Khayat promised a bomb in the final,lol I can imagine we gonna see some male hotness as most of his fans and Tina wanted from Khayat’ staging in the semi 😛
Go A my fav too, but I think they don’t have chances to win, unfortunately 🙁

Bonny
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Bonny

if you would go to read local comments under Khayat’ Vidbir videos on YouTube or on his Insta you would see a real madness going on there lol, 99% of the fans comments suggesting the same: “get rid of girls and bring hot male ballet ” or ‘bring Kazaky band as your back dancers’ or ” hot guys suites to your performance” and on and on, thousands comment about Khayat and Kazaky, this is crazy, don’t think newbie artist like Khayat with no money and no producers could afford a legendry band like Kazaky as his back dancers like Madonna… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

STB channel will probably pay for Khayat’ expensive male ballet

Mil
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Mil

STB is not paying anything this year, they just organize Vidbir. Starting from last year, they are not covering expenses for preparation, logistics, accommodation of acts for ESC.

Mariia
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Mariia

Wait, where is this information coming from? I have heard that they will cover some expenses like the tickets and staying in Rotterdam for the chosen artist

Kate
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Kate

yes broadcaster said they will pay for tickets and staying in Rotterdam, don’t know about others things though

Eugen
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Eugen

Who cares about Elina? Her song was just as awful as the dress she was wearing, plus she was shouting and not singing!

Zoli
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Zoli

Please Ukraine send Khayat! There is 3 another good songs, but Call For Love is the best!

Eugen
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Eugen

He can’t sing and the song is a copycat of Maruv.

CoochieStank
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CoochieStank

He can actually sing very very well but he didn’t sound as good as he could have in the semi.

Heix
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Heix

Tvorchi will win.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

The worst choice possible. Are Ukrainians deaf and tasteless ?

Colin
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Colin

Seven points to Monzoo… eh? I assume that they either don’t speak English or don’t give two cents about the content. Elina’s ballad might not be re-inventing the wheel, but it’s a much nicer song and has quite a powerful chorus.

Alex M
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Alex M

Her english lyrics are gibberish.

Colin
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Colin

At least she isn’t singing that she’ll get the guy and “no matter what he’s gonna let her”. Be realistic!

Serafina
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Serafina

Well, I guess it’s either 99, Call For Love or Bonfire, no Solovey for us, GLADLY

Serafina
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Serafina

I love when I say Solovey’s not gonna win and people get mad lol get back to me after the show and you’ll see

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Then be happy to stay in the SF

Matthew
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Matthew

Ouch Elina was my fav, this hurts even more.

Vlad
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Vlad

“STB and UA:PBC arranged the running order for the final of Vidbir 2020 shortly after the second semi-final” – WHAT they arranged? Every participant took convert with a number in it, it’s not producers. It was during live show after results have been announced.

Padraig Muldoon
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Arranged as in organised. They organised for the draw to take place.

Max
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Max

There is room for misunderstanding, still.

Andrei
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Andrei

Khayat’s chances are in Tina’s hands, it’s obvious the omnipresent Danylko and Drozdov have weird taste. They’ll try to ruin Khayat’s chances like in 2017 with Melovin. A part of me wants them to pick a weird act like Tvorchi, Go_A or…the emberrasing Jerry Heil with “Vegan”, just to see them not qualifying. That way maybe Danylko will finally go away from the jury table, after 5 years of being stuck with him…

Lomba
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Lomba

Melovin was a bad choice as the jury vote showed. The dude couldn’t sing in English (like mr Khayat) and to be honest everything about that entry was amazingly weak. Including the vampire theme that came about 7 years after vampire trend died.

Andrei
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Andrei

Dear, I’m talking about 2017, not 2018. In 2017 Melovin participated with “Wonder”, but strangely the jury preferred O.Torwald with that weak song….

Polegend Godgarina
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we love a draw! i hate how everything always has to be decided by broadcasters, sometimes it’s better to leave it all to fate.

Tim
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Tim

And have 4 or more boring ballads one after the other? I think producers did a good job this couple of years at esc

Polegend Godgarina
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that never happened in the past, timothy. it’s better to have fate deciding who to ‘sabotage’ and who to ‘favor’ in the running order rather than producers.

Tim
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Tim

If fate wants a song to stand out it will stand out even preformed first or second or even 24th 25th, with producers we get a more entertaining show… In the end a song is meant to stand out ,perforemed at whatever place it will stand out

Polegend Godgarina
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if the producers were fair john lundvik would’ve opened the grand final and not malta (“too late for love” sounded like a perfect opener), but they’re biased af

Joe
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Joe

Sweden between North Macedonia and Slovenia made perfect sense to me. I remember when I was driving back from college with my dad in 2018 and the running order for the final came out, we listened to the songs in that order so we knew what to expect on Saturday, and we both agreed that it was impressive how all the songs flowed in a very natural order.

Chromium
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Chromium

“Sounded like a perfect opener” is also very subjective (thus open to bias) don’t you think? Malta was the opener because its type of song (uptempo, mainstream pop) has been the usual opener for a few years now; see Belgium 2016, Israel 2017, Ukraine 2018. I would say that Malta’s song fits the bill better than Sweden’s. Visually too, Malta’s colorful staging is a better opener than Sweden’s monotone lighting.

Joe
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Joe

Eurovision has been on-point with openers and closers since they brought in the predetermined running order. I mean, 2010 got lucky at least for its closer (Denmark was a great song to end with, Azerbaijan not my pick for an opener), while 2012 was awful (the UK might’ve stood a chance to do at least OK if they hadn’t been plopped right at the beginning, which completely ruined whatever chances they might’ve had).

Joe
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Joe

Just for fun, here’s how I’d do the running order for 2012’s final, assuming which half the countries performed in stayed the same.

1. Hungary
2. Lithuania
3. Iceland
4. Cyprus
5. Estonia
6. Italy
7. United Kingdom
8. Russia
9. Azerbaijan
10. France
11. Albania
12. Norway
13. Bosnia and Herzegovina
14. Turkey
15. Denmark
16. Malta
17. Germany
18. Sweden
19. Moldova
20. Ireland
21. North Macedonia
22. Romania
23. Serbia
24. Ukraine
25. Greece
26. Spain

Second half is harder ‘cuz it’s top-heavy with dance songs.

Joe
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Joe

And heck, 2011! Same rules.

1. Greece
2. Estonia
3. Switzerland
4. France
5. Hungary
6. Ireland
7. Lithuania
8. Denmark
9. Russia
10. Finland
11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
12. Sweden
13. Italy
14. Ukraine
15. Azerbaijan
16. Romania
17. Spain
18. United Kingdom
19. Iceland
20. Slovenia
21. Moldova
22. Serbia
23. Germany
24. Austria
25. Georgia (honestly still a good closer)

Joe
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Joe

And for completion’s sake, 2010:
1. Bosnia and Herzegovina
2. Belarus
3. Serbia
4. Belgium
5. Moldova
6. Ireland
7. United Kingdom
8. Greece
9. Azerbaijan
10. Cyprus
11. Spain
12. Norway
13. Georgia
14. Romania
15. Ukraine
16. Russia
17. France
18. Portugal
19. Albania
20. Germany
21. Iceland
22. Israel
23. Armenia
24. Turkey
25. Denmark

Chromium
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Chromium

Never realized that first half of 2012 got almost all the slow songs. My first half would go:
1. Cyprus
2. UK
3. Hungary
4. Bosnia & Herzegovina
5. Lithuania
6. France
7. Iceland
8. Russia
9. Albania
10. Norway
11. Estonia
12. Italy
13. Azerbaijan – host; random draw

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Danylko and Drozdov literally have no taste.
Thank goodness, Tina Karol was there.

Peter KDVF
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Peter KDVF

I think she will still give Khayat eight points (Maximum score) in Grand final, and don’t forget that he was also one of Tina’s student during “Voice of Ukraine”!