Following a four hour long Eurovision selection show, Ukraine has finally decided that their next representative will be Alina Pash with the song “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”. Alina was also the winner of our reader’s poll earlier this week.
The show began at 17:30 CET on the Eurovision Ukriane YouTube channel and would feature Go_A opening the show with their 2021 song “Shum”. The show took place within the NAU Center of Culture and Arts in Kyiv, and was hosted by onstage host Marie Efrosinina and backstage host Timur Miroshnychenko. With the change in venue also came a change in stage design, leaving the iconic cube designs behind for an LED back wall and open stage.
The running order for the night was as follows:
- Cloudless – “All Be Alright”
- Michael Soul – “Demons”
- Our Atlantic – “Moia liubov”
- Barleben – “Hear My Words”
- Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”
- Roxolana – “Girlzzzz”
- Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy”
- Alina Pash – “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”
Due to a technical issue in the performance, Cloudless were allowed to perform their song “All Be Alright” a second time.
The final results were decided by a 50/50 split of jury votes and televoting. The jury made up of Tina Karol, Jamala, and Suspline board member Yaroslav Lodyhin assigned their highest point total to fan favorite Alina Pash, with Wellboy coming in second with 7 points and Kalush Orchestra in third with 6 points.
Before the jury votes were announced Eurovision winner Jamala took to the stage, and in between the jury vote and televote announcement, viewers watched a performance from former Eurovision artist Tina Karol (ESC 2006). Former Junior Eurovision participants Darina Krasnovetska (JESC 2018), Sophia Ivanko (JESC 2019), Oleksandr Balabanov (JESC 2020), and Olena Usenko (JESC 2021) also performed a medley of Ukranian Eurovision songs during the interval.
With the televote being revealed by the jury due to the scoreboard breaking, it was announced that Kalush Orchestra won the public’s favor and earned their 8 points. However, given that Alina Pash came in second with 7 points, they fell one point behind her in the final result and finished second.
The full results from Vidbir can be viewed below:
This means that Alina Pash will head to Turin to represent Ukraine in the 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, and will participate in the first half of the first semi-final on May 10th.
What did #YOU think of tonight’s show in Ukraine and the final result? Let us know on social media @ESCUnited, on our discord, or on our forum page!
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