After two semifinals of the National Selection for Eurovision, we found out the names of six artists who will take part in the decisive battle for a ticket to Rotterdam on February 22. The girls were the first to reach the final - soul-bandura player Maryna Krut, Youtube-sensation Jerry Heil and Go-A with Kateryna Pavlenko as the lead vocalist. The gender balance returned with the winners of the second semifinal - soloists David Axelrod and Khayat, as well as the electronic duo Tvorchi. We can recall how they coped with their task at the selection stage. And we present the songs in the order in which they will sound this Saturday.
KRUTь – 99
The girl with the bandura turned out to be the dark horse of the first semifinal. Maryna Krut, on which no one really bet, suddenly won both the spectators and the referee’s vote because she sincerely enjoyed herself during the performance. Very often, such internal drive means much more than, the song itself. However, the song about the fortitude turned out to be not the brightest even within the framework of the National Selection.
Jerry Heil – Vegan
Yana Shemayeva, aka Youtube-star Jerry Heil, on the contrary, was considered the favorite of her semifinals, but in the end, she took only third place. Uncertain behavior on the stage and inaccurate vocals, which were very different from the studio version, let her down. An overly “childish” production of the number was also criticized. Altogether it turned out to be rather unconvincing. However, Yana has a second chance.
Go-A – Solovey
A song with dance rhythm and with Ukrainian ethnic motifs by the Go-A folklore band was noticed even at the stage of preparation for the National Selection. Bloggers and social network users liked the drive and mood of the composition. Although the jury criticized the old-fashioned number with strange dances. However, the energy of the track was enough to get to the finals.
David Axelrod – Horizon
The semifinal performance of David Axelrod became a kind of vocal master class for most of his competitors. Especially from the first stage, where almost everyone gave out false notes. Axelrod sang, as always, flawlessly. It is a pity that his song is so classic, a cliché ballad. With such a voice and skill, he can take on a more interesting repertoire.
Khayat – Call for Love
Over the year, Khayat grew from a newcomer who tried himself in a low risky ballad track, into a performer who is not afraid to make his listeners dance. Andriy added sexuality to the number, surrounding himself with two dancers. And a cozy robe was replaced by a daring kimono. We have no questions, except for one: “Why is he so serious?”
Tvorchi – Bonfire
Their track is far from the best song in the repertoire of the Ukrainian-Nigerian duet from Ternopil. They can do better. However, guys were fire despite the fact that Jeffrey did not always cope with the notes. The musicians wrapped the trend message today about the need to protect planet Earth in a spectacular electronic beat and looked confident on stage.