Go_A were the winners of Ukraine’s Vidbir 2020, becoming the first act to conquer both the jury and public votes since the series launched in 2016. Their hypnotic entry “Solovey” will now go to Eurovision. However, the one of the most spoken about performance is that of Tvorchi. The duo won the second semi-final of Vidbir 2020, but failed to deliver in the final.

The electro duo from Ternopil consists of music producer Andriy Hutsulyak and singer-songwriter Jefferi Kenny. They were one of the favourites entering the final.

Tvorchi’s “Bonfire” in the Vidbir 2020 final

Tvorhci’s final performance of “Bonfire” did not resonate with the three-person jury. While Eurovision 2006 contestant Tina Karol stated that she did not want to comment on the vocal performance, media magnate Vitaliy Drozdov did not shy away from commenting:

“Let’s be honest, the vocal performance was even worse than last week. It was not very nice to listen to. I’m disappointed… But it’s a competition. And you did not happen to have the best vocals. Therefore I want to wish you a good further career path.”

Tvorchi eventually only received two points from the jury, and finished fourth out of six acts, receiving five points in total.

Tvorchi claim Vidbir 2020 was fixed

Very quickly after their performance, Tvorchi complained backstage that their earpieces were not functioning properly during their performance. Indeed, Jefferi could be seen grabbing his ear several times throughout his three minutes on stage.

Jefferi took to Instagram stories and further complained about the technological problems. He stated in English:

“To those fans who stood by our side the whole time, we love you and we will give you all we have, but I am not sure why this allowed in this contest. One word Eurovision… shame on you. Shame on you, I might understand why it is done to me… but the sound engineers were laughing! Disgrace. See you never Eurovision. To all those who supported and support us, thank you again. I live for you. The time will come when we will have the chance to give you what you want. But for now… We have no excuses, we only feel disgust.”

“For those asking what happened… Basically, the sound engineers turned off the music in my ears. Completely! They were laughing at us. What a shame! I love you Ukraine. But Eurovision, shame for letting this happen.”

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Furthermore, on the day after the final, Jefferi added an even more dramatic story. This time he claimed that the show was fixed against them.

“A good number of people even had problems when it was time for voting for us: this was clearly planned out every step of the way. But fortunately, a song contest doesn’t determine who has the best music, just like an exam doesn’t determine who’s the smartest, because people cheat all the time.

Eurovision is not an open contest when it comes to giving respect and when it comes to fair play. Eurovision was very underwhelming to say the least, but a new album awaits us all. We keep working.”

Vidbir jury deny Tvorchi’s “fix” claims

As in the last few weeks, the judges were featured on YouTube show SLUH in which they commented on the social media comments on the show.

They had little time for the duos claims.

Vitaliy Drozdov said: “In the first place, we judge what we hear… we are not technical specialists or part of technical staff of Eurovision. We are not responsible for whatever sound each has in their earpieces… we also sometimes have problems with sound and sometimes also don’t hear each other. But nobody knows about that either.”

Andriy Danylko interjected, stating: “When that is already happening for a second time, and again there are problems with those earpieces, and again it happens with them, that means there is probably another problem. It is a live performance and a live experience and [standing on] the stage is very difficult for many artists. David Axelrod, on the other hand, he just sings like the studio version.”

Ukrainian songstress Tina Karol joined the show later and added to the discussion:

“The fact is that they are not a competative group [in Vidbir]. We also evaluate stability, but for their main audiences, in clubs, they do not need that [stability] in general.”

What do you think about the discussion? Do you agree with the jury’s final decision? Or did Tvorchi deserve another chance?

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If you can’t sing, nothing will help, my point. I was at the SF2, at the concert hall. And I watched them singing live not on TV. And it was so awful. I told my mom that one more sound from them and my ears would begin bleeding.
Jeffery cant sing . No earpieces to blame. Sorry.
The most powerful and clear voices were Elina and David. The rest seemed like performing karaoke contest.

Cat
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I don’t believe this story. if he heard nothing he had to pull that ear monitor off and try to hear at least something from other sources. you hear no sound and you stick that into your ear in attempt to hear this “nothing” better?
singers often touch that area not for the sound but to calibrate it, to hear their head voice and correctly translate it into notes they sing. he still heard himself so he had the ability to stay in tune.

Nicolas
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Nicolas

I found the first statement they just made after the final when being interviewed by a journalist
https://youtu.be/fe82iXCOiY4?t=439

Ana
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Ana

I don’t get their claim. So the national final was rigged for Go_A? A group of basically anonymous people, that no major label is promoting and I won’t say they look like some sort of millionaires that just bribed their way for the win. I mean, why would someone sabotage them? What specifically the broadcaster had against them that they did all this effort to make them fail? They are a bunch of nobodies as well. I really can’t see the conspiracy, it’s just dumb.

Apple
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Apple

Exactly. Why would it be rigged for a no-name folktronica band who will sing in Ukrainian with white voice-esque vocals that never get respected at ESC? It’s just idiotic

Héctor
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Héctor

After all we are talking about Ukraine. I can believe those claims. Anyway, TVORCHI should hate Vidbir not Eurovision

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Them winning their SF was still one of the most peculiar things to happen this NF season. I was actually worried that might win and be Ukraine’s representative.
Although, I don’t believe it, if it is true….good on you, Ukrainian sound engineers!

Jan Age Zoethout
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Jan Age Zoethout

Firstly, the national aele tion has nothing to do wit the Eurovision organization. So they should not blaim Eurovision for anything.
Secondly, if there was a repetition of the earpiece problems, they should (have) solver the issue with the technicians beforehand and not let it just happen. If the technical issues where indeed so bad, why not stop the performance and discuss this immediately? Complaining of these points afterwards is too easy in my view.

James
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James

Vidbir is known as “Eurovision” in Ukraine. In fact, many national selections actually are all called “Eurovision” (Romania, Moldova, Lithuania until this year, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland until 2019, Switzerland until 2018, etc). It’s only Eurofans who call them otherwise to differentiate one from the other.

Apple
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Apple

Wtf are you talking about? They aren’t strictly called Eurovision. Melodie Pentru Europa, Selectia Nacionala, Eurovizijos Atranka (now Pabandom is Naujo)… need we go on? These are the official titles used for the shows when you actually watch them broadcast. They’re not made-up fan names.

Carla
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Carla

It’s rather in the popular culture and knowledge to miscall the national finals as being ‘Eurovision’. Although these are official names, people in Romania don’t often say ‘Have you watched Selectia Nationala?”, but would rather go by “Have you watched Eurovision and see the song chosen to represent us?”. It’s because they aren’t completely independent shows in our country (such as FiK or Melodifestivalen), but are rather specifically promoted as being part of a process, without being individual shows. That kind of promotion erases the name because people refer to the target, not the tool.

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

God, this guy even keeps on saying this bs outside this site. Call it Eurovision and/or Vidbir or whatever you want!

Fabio
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Fabio

James, you’re wrong. It’s called “Eurofest” in Belarus, not Eurovision. The Polish one used to be called “Krajowe Eliminacje” and in Moldova is “O melodie pentru Europa”.

James
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James

Only Eurofans refer to those national selections by those names, with those shows always using the official Eurovision branding for themselves. And as Carla pointed out, these selection shows are treated as “qualifiers” for the main song contest, not as individual shows of their own right (Supernova and A Dal being among the few exceptions). That’s why you would notice competing artists putting up music videos of their entries with thumbnails containing the Eurovision logo and describing their songs as entries “for Eurovision”, which in context, they’re referring to their respective country’s selection show..

Milan
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Milan

I haven’t listened to their live rendition so I cannot comment on the article, but I just want to say the song was (to me) one of the best in the entire national final season – and it isn’t even my type of song to begin with!

OhhHoney
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OhhHoney

Such a loser! He proved in both the semi and the final that he couldn’t sing live. Even saying that, I remember watching the final and when the host asked him if it was true he was only in Ukraine because he married a Ukrainian girl he said something along the lines of “ I love my wife, I’m here for her and for the music.” In other words is here to be famous. If anyone asked any normal person that question you would say how much you love the country and the people. But no, so he sealed his… Read more »

Erik
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Erik

What? A “normal” person. Of course he’s there for his wife. That’s the craziest ever to put your country or the people of your country before your family or your other passions in life. The country is just where your feet happens to be. If you walk a little that will change.

OhhHoney
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OhhHoney

My point is that when you’re in a situation where you are trying to get people to vote for you you don’t leave out that you love the country and/or the people. He didn’t do that. He sealed his fate right there.
It’s politics 101.

Kazakhstan is Europe
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Kazakhstan is Europe

Boo hoo. Ye lost. Now let the Solovey masterpiece qualify in peace.

IVANOV
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IVANOV

We all know Eurovision is rigged. Last year Sergey was sabotaged too with the running order and them showing a recap the delegation didn’t choose during the televote. This year they already too have decide who will be the winner ; SWEDEN

Jan Age Zoethout
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Jan Age Zoethout

Really? So why is Norway first in most of the top ten? Europe is so fast and the votes of the different countries so different, that 6ou can never tell… see what happened to north Macedonia last year…

Marseille
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Marseille

Eurovision was underwhelming? Hun, it ain’t happened yet.
I just love these staples of Eurovision season like “Lots of people wanted to vote for me but couldn’t!! Rigged!!” and “I was sick when I sang my song live for the first time, I swear I’m a good singer”. Never gets old.

Mia
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Mia

So lame, they didn’t deserve final in the first place.

Andrew
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Andrew

He’s not wrong. The same thing happened to those who did Albanias National Finals… you can see Gena trying to hear his own mic piece

Jan Age Zoethout
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Jan Age Zoethout

That does not mean anything. A lot of artists fiddle wit their earpieces during a performance.

Serafina
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Serafina

I did find it odd that they won the jury vote in SF2 but placed second to last in the final. They were the juries least favorite act from SF2 in the final… But they won SF2… It’s a mess lol. I understand Go_A beating Krut in the grand final because they did improve their performance, massively, whereas Krut’s was more of the same, but Tvorchi’s final performance was actually better in the grand final, and it’s not like their SF2 competitors had huge improvements to their acts. Anyways, I’d be frustrated too.

Ana
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Ana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUTbowdvam4
Here’s their live performance with no ear piece, just traditional on stage monitors. He still sounds very unimpressive. He needs to work on those live vocals instead of saying “ok, I go to perform on Eurovision now”. You are not ready darling, you might have a potential but there’s a lot of work to be done. And by those silly comments they pretty much lost their chance to ever represent Ukraine in ESC.

Lomba
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Lomba

Their song was maybe cool for the fact that this kind of song was produced in Ukraine, but outside of Ukraine it’s nothing special. Jamala said in an interview that she offered to consult the leading singer after the semi final. She spoke about all sorts of vocal techniques and he never heard about any of it and didn’t really understand her because he’s not a professional singer, he’s a pharmacist. Now, if they are serious about this music thing, they should start learning how to sing etc. You can’t just go to freaking Eurovision while you never had a… Read more »

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

Jamala, of all people, already offered help and he declined? He should be thankful for that and to Vidbir in general. Even Tina offered help while evaluating the other artists after their performances. And if that sabotaging thing is true, he should try overcoming those challenges. It worked with Sofi Marinova and Iveta in Eurovision itself. The singer still has a long way to go in understanding what Vidbir and Eurovision really is, or even singing at all.

Ana
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Ana

He did not decline, he just couldn’t understand the terms she was talking about. So obviously their Skype meeting didn’t help

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

That’s quite sad then.

Fatima
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Fatima

I think that if the show had been fixed to give them a disadvantage, they wouldn’t have been drawn sixth. Still I did find the post-song interview uncomfortable. The host seemed to be outing Jefferi for having a marriage of convenience.

Nikki
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Nikki

Ukraine and National Final Drama. Name a more iconic duo.

Monika
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Monika

I didn’t like Tvorchi AT ALL, but if they were so awful and not competitive like they said…then why did the jury gave them the maximum 6 points in the 2nd semifinal? I was rooting for KHAYAT, but given the fact Verka is a weirdo and his musical tastes are the same I expected him and the other male juror will sink KHAYAT. The only correct juror was Tina Karol, love her! Bring her back next year, along Ruslana. And get rid of Verka, after 5 years on the jurors table is time for him to go!

Talula
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Talula

its a good question for juries, cos in the second semi Jeffry’s vocal was bad and very shaky as well, even with all his issues Khayat should have won the second semi instead of Tvorchi, and yes i also knew juries would sink Khayat in the final/ Drozdov’ stupid words about Khayat ‘being too pretty’ and how he is not ready this year, influenced the opinion of the audience in the end and the televoting, it was such unprofessional remarks towards artist, especially after scandal with Pritula last year and his homophobic jokes about Khayat violence attack and him looks… Read more »

Bruno
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Bruno

there were a pics of Khayat crying backstage after his final performance people been posting on twitter, he later said that everything is fine and he just got too emotional but his eyes looked very sad… poor sweetheart *sob*

Lomba
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Lomba

Khayat sounds terrible in English, and he didn’t improve it from the semi. That is very fair that he didn’t win.

Bruno
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Bruno

you think it possible drastically improve your pronunciation for a week? lol
he has Eastern European accent for sure, but i did understand all the words he is singing and his vocal is pretty good, if he would win he would definitely improve till May his pronunciation, especially knowing he speaks English just fine )
but to be true i wish he would just singing in Ukrainian and won

ness
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ness

Khayat is actually amazing when it comes to speaking English. When he’s singing in English in Call For Love he’s singing in his ukrainian folk way so it’s not supposed to sound super clear

Apple
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Apple

Pronunciation isn’t the issue. The song wasn’t very good. I love Khayat, don’t get it twisted, but just step back and compare Call For Love with his song Osoka. Call For Love is not even close to being on the same level. I think Khayat wanted to go to ESC so he tried to go for something more palatable, in English, and not too heavy on the folkiness that makes his music good. It was a poor choice on his part. If Khayat wants to win, he should be himself

Kate
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Kate

well, when Khayat was ‘himself’ last year juries gave him only 2 points in the semi and he didn’t go through to the final,I remember how Danylko and Jamala slayed him with criticism, so he tried something new this year to get more appeal to mainstream audience, but juries still don’t like him much…

MikolasFan
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MikolasFan

he sounded far far away from terrible, his vocal technique is very specific though, he sings in Ukrainian in the same Arabic manner, and i really liked his performance over whole

Cat
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Cat

he has degree in English and Arabic language, must be mixed these two 🙂

M_K
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M_K

Sinatra never had an earpiece, did he?

Bigger
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Bigger

Pffff it’s so easy to later come with these excuses (whether they are true or not) when nobody can fact check them. If all these technical problems occured, they could’ve asked other participants whether they also endured the same problems. And if it was really was that bad that people were laughing at him while stopping the music in his earpiece, he could have stopped the performance immediately. But now there is no proof…and love the comments from the jury, at least they’re not silent on it

ness
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ness

They actually confirmed that it was true. Tvorchi stated it themselves that they acknowledged the technical issues

Cat
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Cat

do you really think it is possible for national competition, closely observed by EBU to openly sabotage someone and laugh in their face during life show? what kind of world are you living in?

TexasGuy
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TexasGuy

even David’ dated ballad was more pleasant to listen than their lame song which they cant even perform properly, they got what they deserved

Saskia
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Saskia

Except the national finals are not hosted by Eurovision or the EBU, they’re hosted by the national TV station. And besides, there’s always these sore losers who think that as soon they’re not the best, it’s gotta be a conspiracy against them. Nah son, maybe you just suck. And besides, you for sure wouldn’t have cared if there was corruption if you had won.

ness
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ness

They’re referring to Vidbir when they’re saying Eurovision. In Ukraine many people call Vidbir their “Eurovision national final” since it makes more sense when you translate it from English to Ukrainian and vice versa. Jeffrey knows how to sing and he has proven that many times before, he just happened to have experienced technical difficulties and if that was done to them on purpose… well we don’t know that~ They’re talented musicians who many people rooted for, the majority of Ukrainians wanted Tvorchi to win and they didn’t understand what happened this Saturday and why the live performance went the… Read more »

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

In a fair world their song would not have passed the Semifinal. The singer was out of tune, actually he can NOT sing, the song was lame, and the whole package was not good at all. Now this acusing-band should watch their Live performance and hide away from Ukraine for at least 2 years! #bye

Po
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Po

He can sing. The song wasn’t lame and he wasn’t referring to eurovision but actually vidbir.

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

All human race can sing, but only a few people are professional singers, able to chart and unite people through happiness! On the other hand let’s remember Ukraine has high standards. Only if all Ukraine will get deaf over the night they will send such singer to Eurovision! Slava Ucraina! Love from Romania!

Katariina
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Katariina

Wow, grow up. You lost; your song was mediocre and your performance was bad.

Ness
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Ness

The entire thing got lost in translation. They deleted the posts a few minutes after it was all posted. They weren’t referring to eurovision but vidbir as a whole. Oh and their song was amazing so

Bonny
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Bonny

god… they sound like a bitter losers, Khayat who unlike of Tvorchi had a REAL chances to win was asked is he had any earphones problems too said that everything was just fine and fair and the strongest entry won, that’s how you lose with grace guys

Alex
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Alex

Khayat said that each participant had the right to start his performance anew if there were any technical difictults. And he doesn’t understand why they didn’t do it either in the semi-final or in the final

Riri
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Riri

What a sore loser… I feel sorry that this happened to him and he felt like he couldn’t perform properly, but lets be honest, Go_a and Khayat were such fan favorites that even if the technology would’ve worked properly it wouldn’t have saved him from losing. And why is he blaming eurovision as a whole? Eurovision has nothing to do with how the country chooses to work out their national selection or how the tech works in those selections.

Ness
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Ness

The entire thing got lost in translation. They deleted the posts a few minutes after it was all posted. They weren’t referring to eurovision as a whole but vidbir. When you translate it from ukrainian it makes sense to say eurovision since the long version of vidbir is basically “Ukrainian eurovision selection” the singer knows how to sing and the technical difficulties was just unfortunate

West
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West

Even if that was true (maybe once, but twice? come on) – I’ve heard singers doing amazing performances with malfunctioning earpieces. Not a great excuse. That’s probably why they also brought up the “and people couln’d send votes for us” excuse as well.

Ana
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Ana

The guy is a pharmacist, not a singer. He doesn’t have the capability or experience to pull out a good performance when something goes wrong. Maybe even with a perfectly working ear pieces he would sound like sh!t. Nobody knows. But it’s a huge risk to send such a unexperienced singer to Eurovision. The ear pieces there might not work properly as well, and then what?

Claudia
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Claudia

Sore losers…they goy exactly what they deserved. Kenny can complain as much as he wants but he is not a good vocalist, his live doesn’t even come remotely close to the studio version. In the semifinal Tina was literally crucified for judging vocal stability and technique, i was glad that at least in the final all the jury members realized that having a song is not enough and you also need to know how to sing to go to Eurovision.

Poh
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Poh

He knows how to sing technical difficulties happens and he wasn’t referring to ESC a whole that got lost in translation

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

He isn’t the brightest in the bunch is he? It sounds like he doesn’t understand the difference between the ukrainian broadcaster and the actual eurovision. Does he think ebu headquarters is behind this?

James
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James

I think he meant Vidbir since the show is officially called “Eurovision National Selection” in the country’s vernacular, and the show’s logo is that of the main contest itself.

Ness
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Ness

The entire thing got lost in translation. They deleted the posts a few minutes after it was all posted. They weren’t referring to eurovision but vidbir as a whole since the direct translation like mentioned above is “Ukrainian Eurovision National Selection”

Stevan
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Stevan

So for 2 nights they didn’t complain about their earpieces? They waited until everything was over to complain?

Dima
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Dima

What about the statement from Ruslan Kvinta Vidbir’s music producer? He also commented on the issue. Checkout his Instagram!
PS I don’t like the kind journalism that only covers the one side of the story. Jury has nothing to do with the technical problems.

Claudia
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Claudia

Exactly

M_K
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M_K

You can find statements from both sides in the article above.

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

Cloudless should have been in their place instead.

UmBv
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UmBv

Weren’t even in the same semi final

The Roop is On Fire
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The Roop is On Fire

I just wanted them in the grand final lol

Jo.
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Jo.

They sabotaged themselves with that song.

Ness
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Ness

The song was amazing what are you on about

Joe
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Joe

I love how at least one accusation of corruption in a national final is acknowledged by pretty much everybody to be complete bullsh*t. They didn’t perform it well, so they didn’t score well. Is what it is.

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

It’s kinda sad that it happens so often that we as a fandom can collectively and immediately say “That’s bullsh*t”. It’s almost like every artist just wants clout. Kinda serves as a testament to just how sore losers can be tbh.

James
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James

And did just enough to outbest two other acts.

Po
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Po

They had technical difficulties and that’s a fact that was confirmed. Now whether or not it was done to them purposely wellll who knows I doubt it tho

Nort
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Nort

They just trying to make voice so they wont be forgotten too fast. Very sad, jury gave them a big chance and they already won thousands of fans even that their vocal is very bad. Bye bye tvorchi

Ness
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Ness

The entire thing got lost in translation. They deleted the posts a few minutes after it was all posted. They weren’t referring to eurovision but vidbir as a whole as the direct translation for vidbir is “Ukrainian eurovision national selection” they also did in fact experience technical issues. If that was done to them purposely I highly doubt it

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Bad losers. The song was bland and a plagiarism of Live and let die by Paul McCartney in the chorus instrumental part.

Poh
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Poh

No haha it wasn’t

Banan banan
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Banan banan

They had problems with live vocal in semi final, at rehearsals and at radio, so blaming earpieces is one of the most favorite excuses among singers

Claudia
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Claudia

That and the sore throat that Monzoo used.