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Public broadcaster Suspilne is back for another edition of Vidbir — Ukraine’s legendary Eurovision national final. Tonight, a record number of 11 contestants will face a public and jury vote to win the right to represent the country in Malmö.

Vidbir 2024 postponed: what happened?

The Diia app was supposed to open for voting around 19:30 CET, but many users found themselves with error messages. At 19:47 CET, Suspilne communicated through Telegram that there were indeed problems with the voting, but that voting would soon resume. At 21:00, Suspilne announced that they were still waiting for the Diia app to stabilise to complete the voting. 

Around 21:30, the show was officially postponed until Sunday. The voting will go on Sunday the whole day with results to revealed in the evening. 

On Sunday 4 February at 14:15, Suspilne Kultura will show a repeat of the recording. The voting will close a little before 18:00. At 19:05 CET, a second attempt at a results show will be made on Ukraine’s television channel Suspilne Kultura. 

Vidbir 2024: the show

Yaktak, Ingret, NAZVA, ANKA, Drevo, alyona alyona & Jerry Heil, MÉLOVIN, Skylerr, Ziferblat, Yagody and NAHABA have sung it all out. 

You could watch the show live on YouTube from 17:00 CET onwards. For the second time in Vidbir history, a stream with English commentary is provided by the broadcaster. The performances and jury comments were prerecorded on 2 February. 

The show was supposed to run until 20:45 CET before its postponement with the winner being revealed shortly before. Typically, the winner of Vidbir does not reprise their song.

You can rewatch the show, including the missed attempt at a results show down below. 

Vidbir 2024 format

Similarly to Vidbir shows in previous years, Ukraine selects its Eurovision 2024 entry using a panel of three judges alongside a public vote.

The voting of the three judges counts for 50% of the total points. It was the Ukrainian public who chose the members of the jury, selecting Andriy Danylko — the man behind Verka Serduchka —, Eurovision 2016 winner Jamala, and Bez Obmezen lead singer Serhii Tanchynets. After each performance, the jury will give commentary and feedback to each act. 

The other 50% of the results will be determined by public vote. Like last year, Ukrainians in the country and abroad can vote for their favourite through the e-government app Diia. This means that each Ukrainian has one vote. 

Vidbir is always full of surprises. This year, viewers will notice some differences as production company 1+1 Media Group will produce it for the first time in Vidbir history. This year’s Vidbir included several Eurovison legends from Ukraine, including Ruslana and Kalush Orchestra as well as an interval act dedicated to the music of Volodymyr Ivasyuk. 

Vidbir 2024 results

Running order

  1. YAKTAK — Lalala
  2. INGRET — Keeper
  3. NAZVA — Slavic English
  4. ANKA — Палала
  5. Drevo — Endless chain
  6. alyona alyona & Jerry Heil — Teresa & Maria
  7. MÉLOVIN — DREAMER
  8. SKYLERR — Time is running out
  9. Ziferblat — Place I Call Home
  10. YAGODY — Tsunamia
  11. NAHABA — GLASSS

Jury voting

To be announced. 

Televoting results

The Diia app was supposed to open for voting around 19:30 CET, but many users found themselves with error messages. At 19:47 CET, Suspilne communicated through Telegram that there were indeed problems with the voting, but that voting would soon resume. At 21:00, Suspilne announced that they were still waiting for the Diia app to stabilise to complete the voting. 

UPDATE at 21:30: The show has officially been postponed until tomorrow. The voting will go on tomorrow the whole day with results to revealed on Sunday evening. 

To be determined. 

Combined results

To be determined. 

Who do you want to win Vidbir 2024? Which acts are among your favourites? Let us know in the comments down below!

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Iryna
Iryna
2 months ago

Good luck Ukraine on Eurovision son content. My heart is with you!!?????????

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

This is definitely the most embarrassing situation of the whole NF season so far. The broadcaster did not react in the right way and if the app isn’t working we could be getting the subjective and often harsh opinions of the jury to select an entry, which is worrying. Personally based on how the jury bullied her for her dress despite looking beautiful and giving us a great vocal performance, I would send Skylerr. In fact, her opinions speak for most of the nation on this issue. This broadcaster has been highly incompetent at dealing with this whole situation and… Read more »

Ieva
Ieva
2 months ago

Alyona & Jerry, Yagody or Nahaba for me! All equally amazing choices. Gosh, Ukraine has the strongest selections year after year.

Milla
Milla
2 months ago

Oh Melovin. Give Dotter her clothes back and the song is very repeatative. How is Ukraine nr. 1 in the odds this year? Because of the war once again..

Bohdan Lukin
Bohdan Lukin
2 months ago
Reply to  Milla

ESC odds are always pretty much random this early. Last week it said Iceland yet Iceland was literally talking about pulling out. And are people not allowed to like our songs? You’re mad if you think we’d get a second “pity” vote. Did we win 2023? No – and the world has turned it’s eyes away from Ukraine this year, but that wasn’t the case in 2023. The chances are, we won’t win. Think logically for *one* damn second

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Milla

Yes, of course, after they finished 6th last year, they are first in odds because of a war that Europe (sadly) stopped paying attention to in the meantime. Sure. Just like they were the most succesful Eurovision participant even before the 2022 invasion – that must have been caused by time travellers from the future who voted for Ukraine because of the future war.

Because of course it’s absolutely impossible for people to like something else than you do. It must be some kind of a grand conspiracy.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Why is the word ‘conspiracy’ always painted in a negative light?

Magistr
Magistr
2 months ago

China and russia put a lot of resources into breaking Diia app during the war and they failed, but finally, Eurovision did it!

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

I Fear This Will Benefit Melovin With His Huge Fanbase Getting More Time To Vote For His Awful ”English” Song

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Agreed. This is gonna go like the wiwbloggs fan poll.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

To be fair he can sing and the lighting was good but that’s it!

Jan
Jan
2 months ago

So there were 15000 requests per second to the voting app (it’s an enormous number for such an app) and the app logically crashed cz the max predictable load was around 5000 requests per second. (last year statistic says it was 800 per second).

But it’s okay don’t see any problem to know the winner tomorrow.

I’m so excited about the drama and scandals after the winner announcement cz Ukraine is Ukraine

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jan

Ukraine should probably withdraw if they don’t have the resources due to the fighting to manage a simple app.

Mascha
Mascha
2 months ago

It’s not a simple app, the voting was tacked onto it for Vidbir 2022 (iirc) for entertainment purposes. Diia is a government app the primary purpose of which is to provide access to government issues documents, make appointments and various other official things. The reason it’s being used for voting in Vidbir is because it by definitionhas to be reliable (as a government app) and you only gain access with a Ukrainian ID, so no voting fraud. Going by the numbers of people who usually access it at any given time, it would’ve worked perfectly fine. But Vidbir turned out… Read more »

Skimur
Skimur
2 months ago

Diia is not a simple application. Few countries in the world have similar applications with such wide functionality.

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
2 months ago

Alyona alyona and Jerry Heil were good but I wasn’t blown away, I prefered Nahaba and Yagody I think, more impactful, more in your face. Melovin was perfect, Yaktak too but
I’m fascinated by Nahaba right now I think they are my Vidbir winners their visuals at the beginning are so good but I still can dream lol, Jerry and Alyona will get it and deservingly ngl because it’s a nice song, but the live performance didn’t bring something special, something wow.

Rasmus Bording Irlind
Rasmus Bording Irlind
2 months ago

honestly we’ve never seen a national final until now suspend their national final at the expense of immediate results until now i belive
very clever of ukraine’s broadcaster to postpone their national final to the day after so we will get a fully transparent result

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

We’ve also never seen a NF say to someone who is withdrawing ‘No! You can’t withdraw!’

Then again we’ve never seen a winner from a previous edition of Eurovision say to a participant that their dress is a problem and give no other feedback whatsoever!

CJS
CJS
2 months ago

It happened in Finland in 1996.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

I’m expecting alyona alyona and Jerry Heil to win this easily, although Mélovin, Ziferblat and Anka were good too.

Viggz
Viggz
2 months ago

I really hope Jerry Heil and Alyona Alyona win!

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

We will trust the organisers at face value that there were difficulties.
But, as Ireland found out winning three times in a row it’s pretty costly to stage. Who would keep paying for all the Ukrainian wins? Does it benefit them to lose?

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Yeah, there were plenty of people in the live chat and Twitter complaining about how the app wasn’t working. Conspiracy theories really run rife here huh.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

So who would keep paying for the Ukrainian wins? It doesn’t make sense for them to keep winning financially and for others to stage it.
It’s documented Ireland wanted to lose in the end because it was costing too much.
So why would Ukraine not purposely lose?
Who pays? Who hosts? Is it worth it?

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Why won’t it makes sense for others to help host? The UK was pretty thrilled to do it last year and I’m sure they would do it again. It helps with tourism afterall.

Yeva
Yeva
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

The Ukrainian music industry is developing at a frantic pace, and Eurovision is one of the few musical events that allows the country to leave the “gray zone” and be seen in the world

Laampa
Laampa
2 months ago

I hope Melovin will win!! <3 I already want to vote for him in the international final!! 😀

Musiclover
2 months ago

It dose’nt mater who gonna einn in Ukraine, its gonna winn ESC anyway

Ppas
Ppas
2 months ago
Reply to  Musiclover

Riight, just like they won JESC 2023 or ESC 2023, and how Maria Sur won Melfest 2023.

Oh, wait – THEY DIDN’T!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Ppas

They basically did!

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago

In Other Words , Ukraine Telewisions Is Coming Up With A Fake Result

AlexC
AlexC
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

The country is at war. You dont know the difficulties they are facing with voting.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  AlexC

Then withdraw then! The money should be used to protect the innocent people of Ukraine!

anna
anna
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Do you really think they needed to do all this just to fake a result? They would just have the fake results ready with 0 technical difficulties. Like you have to be such a moron to think they need an extra day of voting to fake a result.

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Yes, they kept the show live and hour after it was supposed to end, are re-airing it tomorrow, and working on fixing the voting platform all just to rig it. If they really wanted to rig it they’d just ignore the complaints they were getting and pretend like their app was working just fine. Y’all need some common sense.

Ppas
Ppas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

“Oh, hold on guys. I know we’re at war, but can we rig Vidbir? Because we want a bunch of Eurofans descending on us – you know, because we NEED one more stupid thing to think about.”

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

They could’ve come up with a fake result during the actual show either way? What’s your logic with postponing the results for that.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

What an embarassment!

Jason
Jason
2 months ago

What, that a country at war didn’t have a perfect nf?!?!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jason

No, the app crashing! If they don’t have the money to keep the app working, withdraw and use the money to protect Ukrainians from the tyranny of Russia!

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

Would Keiino have won if it was 50/50 voting? They didn’t even show the table after Gåte won.

Bejba
Bejba
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

No One Cares Go To Norway

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Yes

Laampa
Laampa
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Why do we need to show that when the hosts announced how much points Keiino needed to get to win (and they informed us that Keiino got less points than this)? They didn’t show the table of the votes after previous Norwegian winners either

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Just send Melovin again,
or Alyona and Jerry

stopdrama
stopdrama
2 months ago

I believe that there was a winner that they did not want and they are making such a setup to make the jury choose the winner.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago

Vidbir is just scandalous!
Please, Norway, give us a decent winner because Beniform fest final starts like right now and my two winners performes 1 and 2!

Sebastian
Sebastian
2 months ago

Ukraine being Ukraine: amazing songs and mess organization.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

So apparently they’re gonna show the show again and the televote will be open…

If the app doesn’t work again…JURY CHOOSES THE WINNER

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Anyone got an update?

Nikki
Nikki
2 months ago

Good Lord, not one year without something happening. I’m starting to think if Ukraine shouldn’t consider switch to internal selections.

M S T
M S T
2 months ago

not a single year without some Ukraine drama…. god those origanizers need to grow up

Jinbeizaki
Jinbeizaki
2 months ago
Reply to  M S T

An application to vote not working in a country at war which can at any time have internet trouble and all those kinds of things, I won’t call it “drama”. People need to stop criticizing for the sake of criticizing, especially on something minor like this which was not dependent on the organizers. At best, they could have thought of doing like Czechia’s doing at giving the result later, letting time for people to vote but it might cost more to have it going on for so long, potentially creating a problem of fraud too, etc. All in all, stop… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jinbeizaki

They’re not. Actual Ukrainians are complaining about this.

Instead, Ukraine needs to withdraw if they don’t have the money to keep their NF going! Put the money into blasting Putin’s goons!

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

Well then! See you tomorrow, I guess LOL

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

gotta feel for them. they’re probably like “oh god, we have to come back here AGAIN tomorrow. let it endddd”

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

After watching the performances, my favorites tonight we’re Nahaba and I hope they win!
Also, Melovin surprised me in a good way, he’s improved a lot since 2018.
However, I regret to say that I didn’t feel this year as strong as previous Vidbir editions…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Just a reminder they’re keeping EVERYONE in that studio until they’ve gotten the final results…

See you in a month!

oran
oran
2 months ago

is there like laws or regulations that they can’t keep them foever

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  oran

Contractual reasons.

And now they’re denying Skylerr to even withdraw due to contractual reasons

Nikki
Nikki
2 months ago

Vidbir and drama, name a more iconic pair.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  Nikki

Sanremo and Amadeus being handsome.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

I’m starting to think the results will come out right after I’ve gone to bed… zzzzzzz

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

What have I missed? Everything going smoothly, I assume?

jk

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Can we have one year without Vidbir drama. PLEASEEEE

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

Is it possible the aggressor state has hacked the app?

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

No, they said the servers overloaded. It’s all local.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

“technical difficulties”

Jason
Jason
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

nothing like baseless suspicion…

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Overloaded servers could be DDOS.

AndriiUA
AndriiUA
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

It’s possible, but the contest was extremely popular this year with over 140K viewers on YouTube alone. Since the official Diia app is the only way to vote, the pressure on the servers was simply unbelievable. Imagine if 100K people start to open the same site, which server will withstand such a load. On the one hand, it is a sad story, on the other hand, it shows incredible interest.

PocoLoco
PocoLoco
2 months ago

Why is taking so long?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

I’m hearing rumours the app is broken AGAIN meaning we might not get the results tonight! The jury might be chosen to pick their favourite instead!

Adam
Adam
2 months ago

Jesus give us results! They talking and talking and talking…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Adam

The app is broken!

Mer Pesah
Mer Pesah
2 months ago

So…what happened with the results? Can the ukranians here confirm if they were able to vote?

Neyidk
Neyidk
2 months ago
Reply to  Mer Pesah

I voted a few minutes ago because app didn’t work

oran
oran
2 months ago

how did Jerry Heil and Alonya do?

Mer Pesah
Mer Pesah
2 months ago
Reply to  oran

In my opinion they sang really well but the problem is the staging. It’s too dark. It reminds me to Netherlands 2015.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  oran

Not fantastic tbh

Dida
Dida
2 months ago
Reply to  oran

The sound on Melovin was perfect. But while Jerry Hail was singing the sound was not so great, she sounded weak. And we all know she has a powerful voice, it’s not because of her, but because of the sound and the mic…

Morello cherry
Morello cherry
2 months ago
Reply to  Dida

There was something wrong with the sound today in general. Very strange

zelenovi
zelenovi
2 months ago
Reply to  Dida

She pulled her ear piece out at the start of the song, and was pointing to her other ear during the song. Definitely she was having technical issues.

Devito
Devito
2 months ago

I didn’t like Vilija’s performance at all. The song is too generic and written on kitschy phrases, while the visuals remind me of morning excercise. Was she inspired by dj nevykele? One of the worst acts tonight.

Mor Cowbell
Mor Cowbell
2 months ago

I so feel for these people! Ad libbing on live tv in a bomb shelter in a country under siege.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Voting app didn’t apparently work so they extended the voting window! Disaster!

Cerberus
Cerberus
2 months ago

Now they will announce it later on.

Mer Pesah
Mer Pesah
2 months ago

Is this real?

Mor Cowbell
Mor Cowbell
2 months ago

So glad I stuck around!

Jimmy
Jimmy
2 months ago
Reply to  Mor Cowbell

Verka was great wasn’t she! Still bringing the party for Ukraine

Mor Cowbell
Mor Cowbell
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

absolutely!

Dida
Dida
2 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy

But awful as a jury member. Always complaining and giving critics. I totally dislike the fact it’s been in that jury for the 10th time, or something like that. Aren’t there other music artists in Ukraine that are eligibile for that jury, apart Verka and Jamala?

Tanya
Tanya
2 months ago
Reply to  Dida

This year the jury was chosen by the audience. By the way, in the same application Diya, which now broke down when voting for the winner, could not withstand the load

Morello cherry
Morello cherry
2 months ago

Tsunamia is the best!

Devito
Devito
2 months ago

Is the voting going to last 50 minutes more?

Devito
Devito
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Moving away to the fourth semifinal of Lithuania for Monika Marija. Bring good results!

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

Stefania only gets better with time

Boo
Boo
2 months ago

Buy everyone I’m going to Norway.

Eve
Eve
2 months ago
Reply to  Boo

See you there

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Boo

Be right with you!

Mor Cowbell
Mor Cowbell
2 months ago

Just learned a new word: SUPER POOPER!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Ukraine, you have one job:

PLEASE SEND ANASTASIA DYMYD TO EUROVISION WHEN SHE GROWS UP!

She is iconic! In hindsight, she should have won JESC last year and she sings BETTER than Tarabova!

Eurovision
Eurovision
2 months ago

Can people who are not in Ukraine vote?

Magistr
Magistr
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision

no, gov app needed

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

Based on performances between the favorites, I’d say Melovin and Yagody were excellent tonight.

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

Not really impressed by Jerry Heil and alyona but I also won’t surprise me if they win extremely easily.

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

*IT won’t suprise me, ffs.
Please, bring back the ability to edit comments, I beg, lol.