People expect more from the second semi-final of the national selection for Eurovision, which will take place in the evening on February 16 than from the first one. First, Kazka group, the main Ukrainian hit makers of 2018, will compete today. Moreover, the last year’s finalist Laud will try again and Ivan NAVI and the dark horse of the selection young Ado Khayat will compete with him. Besides, we will list other songs and participants of the second semi-final in our review. The full playlist with all eight competitive songs will be published at the end of the article.
Ivan NAVI – All for the love
A young citizen of Lviv, who will perform the first, presented a positive, dancing song with the elements of funk and soul. According to Ivan, the song was written especially for his new album, which should be released this year, not especially for Eurovision. People in the comments under the video on Youtube reproached the singer that his song is similar to the world famous hit of Justin Timberlake “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” and Ivan responded that Lviv is very often compared to Paris but there are any similar streets and houses in these cities. The organizers of the contest will figure out whether there is plagiarism in the song if the singer wins the national selection. The musician should definitely improve his English pronunciation as the viewers of Eurovision do not like to hear the accent.
ANNA MARIA – My Road
Twins Anna and Maria Opanasyuk, the natives of Simferopol are storming the national selection with a smooth and feisty song “My Road”. The girls wrote the song by their own and did it after the decision to compete for the trip to Tel Aviv. They brightened the track with gentle vocalizes and branded two-part singing. The singers were also accused of the plagiarism. This time, the users of the social networks pointed a song "River" by Bishop Briggs as a source of inspiration.
KAZKA – Apart
A Kyiv trio entered the national selection as the unequivocal favorite after the great success of its song “Plakala”. The band stays within its electro-folk sounding and added the national style bridge to the meditation love ballad “Apart”. A little self-quote from “Plakala” in the form of the shortly repeated trills of sopilka is hidden in the arrangement of the song. This trick really works; the song is emotionally catchy. The main question is whether vocalist Olexandra Zarytska will overcome the anxiety, which markedly hinders her.
КiRA MAZUR – Dykhaty
A native of Vinnytsia region Kira Mazur also combines the elements of trendy electronics with the Ukrainian ethnic motives. Besides, she chose the song in the Ukrainian language for the national selection. It is a slow and smooth track “Dukhaty” (Breath). However, it is hard to call it a ballad due to the tough vocal presentation, especially in the verses, and small parts of the song, which were almost rapping. The users of Youtube say that it is catchy. And it is a plus for Eurovision.
LAUD – 2 dni
Finalist of the last year’s national selection Laud decided to try again this year with a song similar in style “2 dni” (Two days). It is a slow electronic track with a very clear beat. It tells about love and apart. Branded velvety timbre and unusual manner remain to be the signature of the singer. This time Vlad will sing in the understandable Ukrainian language. However, he also prepares the English version of the song.
KHAYAT – Ever
Language: English and Ukrainian
Young singer Khayat is the dark horse of the second semi-final. We know almost nothing about the musician and he only has started his career. Nevertheless, Masterskaya label, under which Khayat released two songs, has bet on him. The competitive song became his third track; it is a minimalist ballad Ever. In fact, there is nothing except the electronic beat and voice. Khayat combines ethnic Ukrainian and Arabic manners of singing in his vocal. It sounds hypnotic. We will see whether it works for the viewers and jury of the national selection.
Braii – Maybe
Kyiv alternative group Braii will play raw guitar rock, adding deep low female vocal of Oksana Bryzgalova to it. It sounds gothic, noir and post-punk. It is exactly the competitive track of the band “Maybe”, the dark ballade about unhappy love. It is in the spirit of popular 1990s. However, the most popular comment under the video of the song unequivocally hints that it is similar to the hit of Russian singer Maria Rzhevskaya, Kogda ya stanu koshkoy (When I’ll become a cat), 2010.
Freedom jazz – Cupidon
Kyiv jazz-band, which consists only of women, will present a dancing song in swing style. Three vocalists of the band will brilliantly sing about how love begins between people. Thus, the absolutely positive, dancing song with branded three-part singing and funny warm-up bom-bom-bom-bom-bom-bom will close the second semi-final.
The full playlist: