Vidbir 2022 started with technological wonders, but ended with technical issues. Several contestants, including Kalush Orchestra and Cloudless, have called for full transparancy on the exact voting results following the scoreboard malfunction. Next to that, the “Stefania” hitmakers shared on Instagram Stories that they want to start a petition.
Vidbir 2022 voting reveal: what happened?
After the jury votes at Vidbir 2022, the show became a three-horse race between the three big favourites prior to the show: Kalush Orchestra, Wellboy and Alina Pash. However, the televoting reveal experienced serious technical issues.
Host Timur Miroshnychenko first revealed that the public had awarded Michael Soul one point. Subsequently, he misread the name of the act that had gotten two points from the public. Initially, he said that Our Atlantic had received two points, but he later corrected himself, saying that Cloudless had received two points. The scoreboard showed two points for Our Atlantic.
However, the scoreboard displaying the results then stopped working. After several attempts to revive the monitor, organisers decided to continue without the technology. Eventually, after the hosts revealed several more results, the show started to get confusing.
Noticing the confusion, jury member Yaroslav Lodygin took the initiative to write down all the scores on a sheet of paper. Following that, means of pen and paper determined that Alina Pash had won the selection, being second in the televoting behind Kalush Orchestra and in front of Wellboy.
Kalush Orchestra call for transparancy after following scoreboard malfunction
Shortly after the final, Kalush Orchestra wanted to see the exact results, but told the press that producers refused to show them the sheet that Timur Miroshnychenko held in his hands. The group’s main rapper Oleh Psiuk subsequently confronted Oleksiy Honcharenko in the corridor of the venue. He livestreamed the confrontation on his Instagram account, where over 11,000 people watched along.
Accusing the show of falsifying the result, Oleh Psiuk asked Honcharenko, the show’s main producer, to explain the developments. Honcharenko stated that there had been no falsification, but walked off in annoyance after a follow-up question.
Kalush Orchestra turned around to confront the PwC notary who took care of the voting, asking her whether they could see the full voting data. However, this request was refused.
Kalush Orchestra disturb Yaroslav Lodygin’s press moment
Following that, Oleh Psiuk disturbed the press moment of jury member Yaroslav Lodygin. Standing next to the press, Oleh questioned him: “Why was Wellboy in third place? Why were people confused that Alina Pash was in second place? Why do we not have the amount of votes?”
Yaroslav answered: “Timur had a editorial mistake in his ear [monitor], as he was reading a document on which there were a lot of numbers. This is as much as I realised in the short time between what was said. That confusion did not relate to the leading positions, as you remember, there, the results were very clearly sounded off.”
“Concerning the amount of votes, (…) we might have negotiations with the authorative company, which has put their name on the honesty and independence of the counting, there should not be secrets about how many people should have voted. We are not a commercial organisation, we are a public broadcaster, we are not allowed to have a goal of earning a large sum from those SMS texts.”
Oleh also shared his frustration with Lodygin about the situation in the corridors while being denied access to the exact voting data.
Following the show, Cloudless lead singer Yuriy Kandalosh uploaded a series of Instagram stories in which he also shared his annoyance over the results. He said that the voting had been a “falsification” and that he could not understand why his group finished last in the jury voting. Next to that, he also called Roxolana’s 3 jury points undeserved and worthy of more. However, on the morning of Sunday, he deleted all the stories from his Instagram account.
Volodymyr Ostapchuk goes viral with a sketch on the voting
Very shortly after the voting had happened, Eurovision 2017 host Volodymyr Ostapchuk took to Instagram to share his disappointment in the voting reveal scene. He wrote on his stories: “2022. The voting results for the selection for Eurovision are written on a sheet of paper. Curtain.”
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He uploaded a short sketch comedy in which he parodied Timur Miroshnychenko’s problems with deciding the eventual winner together with the jury. The sketch has since gone viral and gained over 250,000 views overnight.
Vidbir 2022 contestant Wellboy commented on the sketch, writing “the strongest [laughing emoji]” in the comment section. Jury member Tina Karol wrote a more elaborate comment: “Alas, Volodymyr, you are right in that it’s impossible to not troll or pass by that exact moment.”
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Additional reporting by Renske