Picture: Edyny Novyny

Although Vidbir 2024 is over after three days of recording, the drama isn’t. This year, and for the first time in Vidbir history, a contestant has placed question marks on the authenticity of the results. That is of course, if we don’t count Kalush Orchestra’s hunt for the 2022 split results.

Mélovin questions Vidbir 2024 results

“Dreamer” singer Mélovin, who finished third in the final result, has shared his doubts with the outcome of the Ukrainian national final. He did that in a live broadcast and television interview on the information news marathon Edyny Novyny, which is broadcast on several channels throughout the country. 

When asked what his thoughts were when the Diia app broke, Mélovin said: 

“At first, we couldn’t understand that it was really happening. But as tonight’s evening showed that Diia crashed, but that there was such a difference in the voting between the first and the second place… The difference was over 600, if I’m not wrong, 600,000 votes. And Diia is still acting up.” 

Mélovin said on the question on whether he had had a desire to withdraw following the delay of the results: 

“Until the end, I believed that everything was honest. To return to the moment, when the difference between the first and second place was 600,000 votes. That’s a little bit strange.”

Mélovin further claimed that he had heard rumours from employees of the Ukrainian public broadcaster that alyona alyona and YAKTAK’s label ENKO had promised to reduce the costs of the Ukrainian participation at the contest. At this moment, this statement cannot be confirmed and Suspilne and ENKO have not responded.

The Eurovision 2018 alumn added that Ziferblat had been his personal favourite. 

On Instagram, he posted a fragment of the interview with the following comments: 

“My first official commentary. Do I agree with the voting? It leads to a lot of questions: the crash of Diia, it’s impossible, because even the hackers of the occupier try it every day; the difference between first and second place with 600,000 – a question; and also, who will explain the voting of the jury for those who were criticised but received a higher score…” 

Update 11:00 CET: Mélovin congratulates winners 

Around 10:30 CET, Mélovin posted a picture on Instagram on which he congratulated Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil with their Vidbir 2024 victory. 

The “Dreamer” singer had earlier congratulated the duo on his Instagram stories that morning and added the post to clarify his statements on television the evening before. 

He wrote amongst others: 

“I sincerely wish the winners alyona alyona & Jerry Heil to properly represent our country on the European stage. Break and win the listener!”

“Because as I said in every interview, their song is crazy! And I listened to it on repeat! Therefore, dear commentators, your attempts to put on the shirt of a victim who does not know how to lose look rather strange. I have a grain of doubt about the voting, but NOT to our winners.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Angelique
Angelique
5 months ago

Let’s clarify, it wasn’t fishy at all
If you see the Ukrainian ESC videos, you will understand the HUGE difference! Alyona & Jerry has million of views after their live performance and thousands of comments. On the other hand, Melovin has so little views…
Ukraine people love Alyona & Jerry.
ESC fans prefer Melovin but at the end of the day Ukraine people voted for their song. It’s so fair.
It’s sad when you don’t recognise that you lost. Also, Dotter did it first Melovin!
You copy paste her performance….

Angelique
Angelique
5 months ago

Let’s clarify, it wasn’t fishy at all

If you see the Ukrainian ESC videos, you will understand the HUGE difference! Alyona & Jerry has million of views after their live performance and thousands of comments. On the other hand, Melovin has so little views…

Ukraine people love Alyona & Jerry.
ESC fans prefer Melovin but at the end of the day Ukraine people voted for their song. It’s so fair.

It’s sad when you don’t recognise that you lost. Also, Dotter did it first Melovin!
You copy paste her performance….

Azuro
Azuro
5 months ago

He has a point, looking at the percentages, they won 62%, Yaktak 9% and Melovin 7%, does seem a bit fishy. Even though they were favourites, everyone was expecting it to be close, not a massive landslide. More than 7% of people liked Melovin’s entry surely?

Art
Art
5 months ago

Melovin don’t act like a sore loser. Besides you’ve already been to Eurovision in 2018. Give a chance to others

jercle
jercle
5 months ago

Losing is disappointing, but saying the vote was rigged is not the way to deal with it. It just makes someone look like a really bad loser.

Yuarith
Yuarith
5 months ago

I’m tired of Vidbir unnecessarily having some sort of drama every single year but, despite some suspicious elements, the winners seem fair and square and he comes off as a sore loser

Yuarith
Yuarith
5 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

And also, despite me not liking her song this year, I’m glad that Jerry has finally got her chance to go to Eurovision!

Natalie
Natalie
5 months ago

Alyona and Jerry have aggressive marketing this year in Ukraine to promote their song. Their ads been everywhere. All bloggers where promoting them. + they have a huge base of fans. A lot of people who voted for them even didn’t listen to their live performance.

Other participants don’t have so much money to spend on PR. But that doesn’t diminish the quality of their music.

Angelique
Angelique
5 months ago
Reply to  Natalie

You may don’t know it but Alyona alyona is a huge star in Ukraine!
She has loyal fans and they follow her.

Epicurean
Epicurean
5 months ago

Always drama with Ukraina Vidbir.

Just select internally already!

“Crimea… Ukraine or….”

Ari
Ari
5 months ago

I admit, Melovin’s performance was surprisingly strong but that still doesn’t make his song any better. The winning song is better than his but its lyrics are still too bad in so many ways that I can’t like it. And Melovin does have a point, the difference of votes between 1st and 2nd is unbelievable, especially considering it’s 1 vote per person. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but the original voting malfunction leaves a question mark imo.

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago

Melovins song is not good at all…it feels dated and more like a demo actually. Also the staging took some time before it got good… the song definitely would have had good of a revamp. Its quite tiring to see these complaints every year in Ukraine though… why are they even taking part in Vidbir?

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

On the contrary, there been this program in the Litvarian media going round that explains how 6913 experts were chosen from around Dontella and they all voted Melovin to the forefront in comparison to the other songs when presented with them. ‘Dreamer’ was ranked alongside all the other national final songs and won!

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago

What?!?

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago

He Is Just Wasched Up And Disprite For Fans . WithDraw Ukraine , Its To Much Drama

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

No matter how huge favourites they were it still feels deeply unrealistic that Melovin didn’t even get 100k votes and suddenly they got over 600k votes.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

But since that song was aggressively promoted among Ukrainians by political elites I wouldn’t be surprised.

Jan
Jan
5 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

LOL politicians promoted their song? are you okay?

Bucket
Bucket
5 months ago

alyona alyona and Jerry also has 2M more youtube views than the second most viewed song, so why would 600k vote difference be a surprise?

Magistr
Magistr
5 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

actually 10M+ counting all versions

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Bucket

Because of the International Melovin Squad

Sun
Sun
5 months ago

something stinks here

Stian F
Stian F
5 months ago
Reply to  Sun

Nope. Just look at YouTube numbers and then the stench you talk about disappears.

grft
grft
5 months ago

never trust a twink with bleached hair

Jan
Jan
5 months ago

yaassss Vidbir and DRAMA
I was rooting for this

But lets be clear, he just needs hype cz people in Ukraine have already forgot about him

Teddi
Teddi
5 months ago

Croatia has Nina Kraljic and Ukraine has Melovin… sore losers

Ari
Ari
5 months ago
Reply to  Teddi

Croatia should use what it has. Nina would’ve brought them a good result. In the final.

Polinia
Polinia
5 months ago

translation: melovin does not accept the fact that he lost to the fan’s favourite entry this year. Alyona and Jerry are huge in Ukraine, Jerry is an incredibly talented woman. She has been trying to represent Ukraine for years and never succeeded (she deserved to win last year) so it makes no sense to make up fake conspiracy theories when she never had a special treatment before. Instead of whining he should focus on producing a better song.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Polinia

Melovin was equally as huge!

grft
grft
5 months ago

Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil are way more popular than Mélovin at the moment (you just have to look at their numbers of monthly listeners on Spotify or their followers on Instagram) 🙂

Olena
Olena
5 months ago

Melovin’s prime is over. His fans grew up, he cannot dominate Ukrainian stage with these Swedish authored English songs, his songs in Ukrainian aren’t making rounds either. alyona and Jerry on the other hand are A-list Ukrainian artists. Good luck to Mel, buy may he gathers attention with his songs, not with shade-throwing.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Polinia

Jerry was huge favorite last year too and she didn’t win

Tipi Tii
Tipi Tii
5 months ago
Reply to  Polinia

“Jerry is an incredibly talented woman”. Really? With such poor live vocals?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago
Reply to  Polinia

Not gonna lie, Jerry Heil messed up last year. Her performance had no creativity and her vocals were quite disappointing. This year she did way way better.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

Surely after years and years of nonsense, the real question should be which artist in their right mind would trust the broadcaster at this point?

Olena
Olena
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yeah. But they have no choice. Vidbir is a career booster for singers in Ukraine, so out of need or ignorance they keep coming (back).

UK Chick
UK Chick
5 months ago

Alyona and Jerry’s fanbase is absolutely huge in Ukraine. Mélovin is popular, but not in the same region. The result reflects the popularity of the artists and the song. Very dissapointed in this reaction from Mel. I think his ego is bigger than his actual succes. Just check the views of both songs on youtube, that says it all.

Sour loser!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  UK Chick

I don’t think he’s actually questioning the results more like how he was handled.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago
Reply to  UK Chick

Even Taylor Swift wouldn’t get so many votes, let alone Jerry and Alyona lol

Tarcy
Tarcy
5 months ago

Vidbir go one year without a top 3 contestant questioning the validity of the result challenge impossible

Dida
Dida
5 months ago

Sour loser and diva acting. Just leave it, dear. You had your chance at Eurovision in 2018…

Californian
Californian
5 months ago

He should just admit he’s unhappy he didn’t win instead of making up something.

Dominic
Dominic
5 months ago

Jerry & Alyona had multiple times more YT views than anyone else. Odds had them at around a 60% of probability to win. I wouldn’t doubt the legitimacy of their win at all. I would, however, demand of the juries to be nicer to the contestants when analysing their songs. But that’s already an ages long issue in Vidbir. And if the Ukrainian people were bothered by it, they probably wouldn’t have picked the same judges. So, perhaps this approach just works in Ukraine?

Sebastian
Sebastian
5 months ago

Ukraine could write a book about the dramas of it’s NF.

I thought spaniards are dramatic, but ukrainians win by far.

Olena
Olena
5 months ago
Reply to  Sebastian

Oh, you can’t imagine! It’s our only national sport, our only emotional release for years.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

Is there no libel law in Ukraine? Lol.

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago

Such A Sore Loser. It’s Not Like The Results Were Unexpected? They Match The Odds Lmfao. Goodbye F*g

AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Youre literally one of the most aggressive and vile posters on here. You never have anything nice to say but insult commenters and artists alike.

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

What Are You Talking About? I Have An Impersonator On Here. I’m Nice. But I Will Not Tolerate This Narcissist Being A Sore Loser When Jerry And Alioana Won Fair And Square

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

That f slur is unwarranted though

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago

It Wasnt Ewen Me I Already Am Baned All The Time . This Is Not Me Its Pretending , He Stole My Email Months Ago I Tryed To Say It Many Times .

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Great Now You Really Try . Get A Life I Never Said This

Andy
5 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

True. @Bejba, go be a little bitch somewhere else. A cemetery would be ideal.

Efthymios
Efthymios
5 months ago
Reply to  Andy

Holy sh*t.

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

Its Not Ewen Me

Eurovision
Eurovision
5 months ago
Reply to  AMAAN STORM

They shouldn’t be allowed to post here.

Zhenia
Zhenia
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Wouldn’t you be banned for using slurs? Holy macaroni.

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago
Reply to  Zhenia

He Should Be Banned For 1. Cursing 2. Impresonating Me Because Its Not Ok

Bejba
Bejba
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

What Are You A American ? I Can Tell By The Times You Post This Coments And How BrainDead You Think Eweryone Else Is When You Are The BrainDead

Yuarith
Yuarith
5 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

WiwiTeam, please ban both Bejbas, their presence is getting schizophrenic

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

It can’t be stressed enough how unnecessary and uncalled for his saltiness his. And he even already had his own shot at Eurovision. It almost gives off a bit of narcissism.

Nils
Nils
5 months ago
Reply to  Nils

* is

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Nils

But other people are allowed to complain about their problems with the results?

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

There’s simply nothing that indicates ‘Maria & Teresa’ wasn’t the most popular song at all. It’s like being knocked out in a boxing match and then saying you should have won by points. He can’t even give a logical explanation why it supposedly was foul play.

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

Also, who ever said so? I didn’t, that’s for sure.

Grft
Grft
5 months ago

Here we go

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
5 months ago

Every year with Ukraine there is a Eurovision selection issue. I wonder now when they say the jury was selected by the public that was true. I just feel deeply uncomfortable with this behind the scenes manipulation so much so ive lost all interest in their song and representatives.

runbog
runbog
5 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

voting for our jury members was the same as for the representative for Eurovision, by the public

Carolus
Carolus
5 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

I believe you misrepresented situation. Vidbir did have drama with results last few years. But never behind the scenes, vote rigging or anything like what you imply – but rather public and quite in your face. Nothing was hidden. Though it was still unpleasant and avoidable in future, the reasons and debate was public and open. Not like someone rigged votes, but problems were that the rules and their enforcement hasn’t been clarified enough.

Still there was tons of drama, but I believe you imply something factually different that did not happen.

runbog
runbog
5 months ago

omg Alyona and Jerry received over than 700k televotes… how this is not fair?

runbog
runbog
5 months ago
Reply to  runbog

the voting app counted only one vote per song from one person. also the application is state property of Ukraine, it is impossible to fake votes there lol

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago

Skylerr can’t be the only one.

The jury giving 11 points to that one band and taking some other acts was a bit strange, plus their overly negative comments.

Melovin overperformed his song. I was expecting a complete flop from him but he sang well and had decent staging.

Olena
Olena
5 months ago

Both Skylerr and Melovin are trying to play the victims. It’s all just PR, they’re desperate for attention even if out of pity.
Ziferblat performed live better than others, and no wonder the jury has picked them as their winner. They were serving quality.
The negative comments are easily explained. People and competitors in Ukraine get pissed and confused if someone’s getting low points while receiving overall positive feedback from the jury. So now the jury aren’t sugarcoating anything.
Mel copypasted his staging from Alekseev 2018. But vocally? Killed it.

Aksel Kankaanranta's ex husband
Aksel Kankaanranta's ex husband
5 months ago

I can’t believe someone sees a song that has over 7 million views on YouTube winning a national final placing second on the jury and winning the televote and goes: yup, THAT’S RIGGED!!!!!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

Why are you all so pressed about his statement? Just because your favorites won and then think it must have been all fair? He has full right to comment it if it seemed suspicuous to him.

Aksel Kankaanranta's ex husband
Aksel Kankaanranta's ex husband
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

people have the right to say they believe the earth is flat but that doesn’t make the earth flat

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Such a sore loser and drama queen.

The issues were obviouslt frustrating for all acts but the winning song was the big favourite to win so nothing shady happened.

Melovin should try to help the Ukrainian army instead of crying about thr result and spreading unconfirmed rumours.

Thanos
Thanos
5 months ago

The annual Vidbir drama continues. I don’t think anything will happen from this like in 2019 or 2022 but no one knows with Ukraine.

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

silly me thinking the drama was over

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago

Mélovin was lucky to come third.