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Ukraine: First Semi-final Results!


ukraine logoUkraine – NTU launched tonight its national final tonight with the first Semi-final out of two: 9 songs competed and only 3 made it through based on 50% televote an 5% jury. Check out the full results!

The show will be hosted by Dmytro Tankovich and Oleksandr Pedan. This was tonight’s line-up:

  1. Anastasia Prikhodko – I Am Free Now
  2. The Hardkiss – Helpless
  3. Tonya Matvienko – Tin Whistle
  4. Vladislav Kurasov – I’m Insane
  5. Lavika – Hold Me
  6. Jamala – 1944
  7. Aida Nikolaychuk – Inner Power
  8. Svetlana Tarabarova – Never Again
  9. Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Every Monday

If you missed tonight’s show, you can check all performances here.

Both jury and televote gave points to all entries from 1 to 9 (9 being the favorite) and the top three entries make it through to the final. The jury was Konstantin Meladze, Ruslana and Andriy Danylko (Verka Serduchka). This was the full result:

So Jamala, The Hardkiss and Brunettes Shoot Blondes made it through, with only the first two being in both jury and televote top 3 and Jamala having won both set of votes. Next week, nine more songs will compete for the last three places in the final!

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107 comments on “Ukraine: First Semi-final Results!

  1. It seems like there is a good chance Jamala will be chosen if tonight’s results are any indication – in thay case Ukraine would have a very good chance to be my winner this year and it would take a dramatic change of quality in the entries remaining to be announced (minus those we already know from nfs) for Ukraine to miss my top 3. Stunning stuff. Ukraine is back with a bang for sure. Waiting to see the 2nd semi but this could be the nf of the year if MF fails to deliver.

  2. It seems like there is a good chance Jamala will be chosen if tonight’s results are any indication – in thay case Ukraine would have a very good chance to be my winner this year and it would take a dramatic change of quality in the entries remaining to be announced (minus those we already know from nfs) for Ukraine to miss my top 3. Stunning stuff. Ukraine is back with a bang for sure. Waiting to see the 2nd semi but this could be the nf of the year if MF fails to deliver.

  3. Anastasia Prikhodko:
    While there was some conflict between the vocal melody and Anastasia’s voice, I still enjoyed the vocal performance. The same can be said with the song in general. There were some things I disliked, but overall, I enjoyed the entry as a whole.

  4. The Hardkiss:
    Hmm. With all the love this one has been getting, I… dunno… expected to like it more. It’s pleasant and all-around good, but nothing about it excites me at all.

  5. Tonya Matvienko:
    I hate her dress, and her vocals weren’t the best, but I love the composition of this piece. It feels a bit like what I wish Zlata’s song had been like in 2013. Her high notes at the end of the song were gorgeous, by the way, that’s definitely not where the vocal issues were.

  6. Vladislav Kurasov:
    Well, he seems out of place after the first three entries. There was nothing inherently wrong with this song, but it is on a lesser level than the first three. I’d listen to it again but not actively seek the song out. Vladislav had decent to good vocals the whole way through, and the stage show wasn’t bad. Overall, it was just a very average entry.

  7. Lavika:
    Besides visuals, Tonya was superior in this genre in every way. It was a nice enough song, but it came too soon after Tonya Matvienko to make any real impact.

  8. Jamala:
    Very powerful live, though she comes off as a bit stiff. The outfit wasn’t very good either, but that looked like street clothes with a random asymmetrical jacket. Still in love with this song (and most of the songs off her most recent album too, on an unrelated note). Part of me hopes she doesn’t make ESC because I had been planning to use her to ETSC since about November. At least I have a backup plan.

  9. Aida Nikolaychuk:
    The first song so far in the selection that I’m not really a huge fan of. It’s not bad, per se. It’s just not above average in every way and below in some.

  10. Brunettes Shoot Blondes:
    While I like the song, the vocals here were pretty weak. His voice sounds consistently out of breath, and while it doesn’t interfere with about half the song, the other half is more difficult for me to get through. The stage show is nice, and I even like the bunny masks for the backing girls.

  11. Vladislav Kurasov, now we have the Ukrainian Franklin but alas, he has neither Franklin’s voice nor quirkyness. Boring song but still somehow OK in its plodding and juvenile drama. 5/122

  12. Lavika – Hold Me: I very rarely like songs that remind me of musicals but I really like this one. :) Alas, this elegant song drowned in the strong line-up. My main issue is the singer’s English diction here. 8/12

  13. Aida Nikolaychuk – Inner Power: The most generic and boring song in this line-up imo. The fine vocals save it from being in last place on my list (Aida says “thanks” to Anastasiya …). 5/12
    All in all, a very strong semi-final. Plus I have my first 12/12 song of the season.

  14. Jamala’s song is great. The only concern is that she is so highly strung. More subtle vocal and less intense singer would really make it fly.
    Was so good to see Ruslana and Verka.

  15. I just watched Jamala’s performance again and i believe it’s more a performance than a song.It’s undoubtedly a great performance.The verses are dark and the orchestration impressive but the chorus is rather underwhelming.Halfway through the song it’s all about Jamala and her vocal acrobatics than the actual song.This part of course,with the use of this eastern oriented vocal technique is what makes the song stand out.It’s riveting,it’s extremely emotional and it keeps peoples’ attention to her which is a very important thing since it’s a song contest we’re talking about.This fact coupled with the personal story behind the song and the current situation in Ukraine will lead to a great result come May.Other than that,the English lyrics are rather naive and underwhelming.

  16. Would be a reach shame if the land that gave us powerfully fierce Divas like Ruslana, Verka and Ani Lorak, then gave us the awfully drab Jamala.

    The land that gave us sand artists, whips & leather, hamster wheels and Hell machines, then gives us a 3 minute long political whine about Russia 72 years ago.

    • I don’t think Ruslana is great or diva in anyway :p and I am got bored of Ukraine’s paraphernalia after sometime but…

      ”then gives us a 3 minute long political whine about Russia 72 years ago.”

      Same here. The more I watch Jamala the more I bang my head on the desk :p It must have been the most awkward and pointless ”political song” we ever had at ESC…

  17. So I’ve at least listened to the three finalists, and it was a good bunch, to keep it short.

    Jamala – “1944”: I love this dark song. Full of restrained pain that is just released, flowing free. And Jamala knows how to use this song to give us a real performance, that is a performance in its purest sense. I have a few objections when it has to do with the political lyrics; it has not really so much to do with what they are about, since I always try to stay neutral of the message. It’s more that I just think that political lyrics must be exceptionally good, or rely on a really strong composition / performance to work. The latter one is the example of Greece 1976, and this. (10/12)

    Hardkiss – “Helpless”: We get some quality melodrama, and the dress of the year so far, crowned with a… well, crown. All in all, a spectacular performance and nice choices of clothes. She sings it well, but the chorus should have needed some variation to make me enjoy it even more. (8/12)

    Brunettes Shoot Blondes – “Every Monday”: I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s a decent, nice radio song. It doesn’t stand out and it doesn’t leave you with anything after you’ve listened to it, but it was enjoyable while it was going on. (6/12)

      • Svetlana Tabarova – “Never again”: This is all the way up my alley. I love this song and the simple but yet classy performance from Svetlana. My favourite out of these Top 4 and it’s such a shame she missed the final. And oh, if only they had scrapped the bilingual thing, that sort of makes everything stop for a while. Then it would maybe have been a (12/12). Now it’s a (10/12) instead.

  18. How the 3 judges have voted:
    Ruslana:
    9 – Jamala
    8 – Тоня Матвиенко
    7 – Светлана Тарабарова
    6 – Анастасия Приходько
    5 – The Hardkiss
    4 – BSB
    3 – Владислав Курасов
    2 – Lavika
    1 – Аида

    Andrey Danilov
    9 – BSB
    8 – The Hardkiss
    7 – Jamala
    6 – Владислав Курасов
    5 – Светлана Тарабарова
    4 – Анастасия Приходько
    3 – Тоня Матвиенко
    2 – Аида
    1 – Lavika

    Konstantin Meladze:
    9 – Jamala
    8 – BSB
    7 – Светлана Тарабарова
    6 – The Hardkiss
    5 – Аида
    4 – Тоня Матвиенко
    3 – Анастасия Приходько
    2 – Lavika
    1 – Владислав Курасов

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