After a one year absence, Ukraine will tonight select its representative for Stockholm after two weekend’s of Semi Finals. And we can all breathe a sigh of relief as tonight’s show doesn’t clash with anything else!

The final six acts vying to represent the country are:

Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Every Monday
NeAngely (NuAngels) – Higher
The Hardkiss – Helpless
Jamala – 1944
SunSay – Love Manifest
Pur:Pur – We Do Change

Tonight’s winner will be chosen by a 50/50 split of televoting and an expert jury which consists of Verka Serduchka (Ukraine 2007), Ruslana (Ukraine 2004) and famous composer Konstantin Meladze.

The show begins at 18:00 CET and will be broadcast live on national channel 1TV. You can watch the show here as well as follow our rolling live blog below:


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:31 pm

Jamala received a pretty impressive 37% of televotes to make her victory tonight.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:30 pm

Apparently the full voting totals will be published online this evening!


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:30 pm

Public vote:
4pts: SunSay
5pts: The Hardkiss
6pts: Jamala

So the overall score is a tie, but Jamala goes to Stockholm thanks to the “televote prevails” rule. That was close!!


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:28 pm

Public vote:
1pt: Brunettes Shoot Blondes
2pts: NuAngels
3pts: Pur:Pur


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:24 pm

4pts: SunSay
5pts: Jamala
6pts: The Hardkiss
So these points represent half of the result tonight, with The Hardkiss in the lead after the jury result. If there is a tie after the public points are added, the text vote winner will be given the nod.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:18 pm

The results are even more dragged out than the show itself.
We are constantly reminded of how fairly the jurors are judging this…


Simon Wells
February 21, 20169:14 pm

Jury results:
1pt: Brunettes Shoot Blondes
2pts: Pur:Pur
3pts: NuAngels…


Simon Wells
February 21, 20168:45 pm

Nick, Nicky, whatever, his vocals are not exactly on point when left unguarded


Simon Wells
February 21, 20168:42 pm

And we’re back! We are promised jury and public votes “very soon”, but I’m not fooled.
First to delay the process excruciatingly, Nicky Byrne is turning up.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20167:44 pm

And we get a breather from perhaps the most politically charged NF of modern times, with results, Nicky Byrne and a lot more talking promised in part 2!


Danny Ni
February 21, 20167:37 pm

Lines are finally open!


Danny Ni
February 21, 20167:31 pm

06. Pur:Pur – We Do Change

The final song of the night is Pur:Pur with ‘We Do Change’. I’d actually go as far as saying this is one of only two songs that I actually like from this mix. An interesting melody which is definitely contemporary enough to at least qualify (with some minor work).


Simon Wells
February 21, 20167:30 pm

6. Pur:Pur – We do change
Classic Ukraine here. Zany make-up and outfits, but with crystal clear vocals, inverted umbrellas and wind machine. There’s a song too, which should be a really contemporary and quirky (almost FKA Twigs-esque) effort, but somehow manages to fall flat.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20167:24 pm

Ruslana is obsessed about politics (for a change), asking about SunSay’s honest feelings regarding representing Ukraine – does he feel Ukrainian? He gives the stock answer.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20167:12 pm

The jury seem to be constantly repeating the fact the song was published online before September but that the EBU deemed it hadn’t broken any rules.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20167:11 pm

Yep, during a live final is absolutely the time to discuss the eligibility of a song to participate.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20167:02 pm

5. SunSay – Love Manifest

Where Jamala was the clear favourite from semifinal 1, SunSay achieved similar domination of semifinal 2. The lead singer has a soulful voice, but things get a bit cheesy in the chorus, vocally and lyrically. Oh, and repetitive. Nice production work with the verses and backing vocal arrangements though.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20167:02 pm

05. SunSay – Love Manifest

Oh here we go, some more projection mapping to add to this year’s list? – or maybe not! SunSay looks as if he’s enjoying it on stage and seems to have the crowd on board. Song wise – it’s not very good at all, he’s basically speaking through the verses and the chorus is a constant repeat of “Love love love is the only way” which becomes increasingly irritating as the song progresses.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20166:56 pm

And we’re back after another very very long ad-break. Next up is SunSay.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20166:50 pm

Well, after 100min of show we have had 12 min of entries. Just 6 minutes of song to go, so we should be all done and dusted before sunrise.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20166:29 pm

I love that Ruslana is sitting in her jury seat in what is blatantly an “I’m on in the interval!” outfit.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20166:25 pm

4. Jamala – 1944

Can I not just claim an expectation of victory today, but pencil Susana Djamaladinova in for 3rd place in Stockholm? It is an intriguing song with a powerful message. Just how much of this will bypass the EBU politicisation filters unadjusted, time will tell. Songs at Eurovision usually encompass wider topics than the love / breakup / in-da-club range of most national charts, and this is a strong example of that. Jamala is stationary in a pale dress, yet gives a theatrical performance. Her voice cuts through the instrumentation, especially that canny slow bass line. Winner, surely?


Danny Ni
February 21, 20166:24 pm

04. Jamala – 1944
Jamala certainly has support from the crowd as she takes to the stage to sing. Vocally she’s on point and its worth mentioning how stunning the backdrop is for this one – really does suit the ethnic style of this song beautifully. There seems to be some mic interference but that hasn’t affected things too much – possibly just affecting the online feed. She is absolutely note perfect though and receives a standing ovation as the song reaches its climax.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20166:17 pm

Next up is Jamala, the hot favourite to win tonight.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20166:06 pm

3. The Hardkiss – Helpless
If you’ve not seen the lead singer of The Hardkiss, think half way between Georgia’s Nina Sublatti and Armenia’s Inga & Anush. The song however, is more like a ballad off a Nightwish album with some Carpathian wailing thrown in. Which doesn’t quite work.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20166:05 pm

03. The Hardkiss – Helpless

A nice skyline backdrop and some fancy LED lights on stage – a very Gothic stage performance. I’m somewhat confused as to what you’d call the style of this which at times sounds like a ballad but also has minor rock and ethnic elements too. It’s not doing anything to impress me though.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20165:44 pm

Oo – adverts. Time for cake.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20165:35 pm

02. NeAngely (NuAngels) – Higher

Euro-schlager with a noughties pop-dance beat and rhyming dictionary lyrics? Nah, I’m alright thanks. I can imagine this having a stunning classically Ukraine-at-Eurovision staging though. But I hope I don’t get to see it.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20165:26 pm

The English language voice-over on eurovision.tv’s live feed doesn’t half remind us what guff the jurors prattle on about. It’s an international trait!


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:25 pm

Ruslana believes they were singing from the bottom of their hearts.

A lot of waffling here.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:22 pm

Konstantin thinks the song ticks Eurovision standards and thinks the group stand a good chance at going to the contest, even if its not this year.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:18 pm

01. Brunettes Shoot Blondes – Every Monday

A very interesting use of animation in this performance, with the group standing on platforms alongside two female backing singers. Vocally nothing wrong here, but the song itself really doesn’t do them any justice. It doesn’t really go anywhere and makes the whole thing come across as quite boring.


Simon Wells
February 21, 20165:18 pm

1) Brunettes Shoot Blondes
I like the concept here, but the lead singer needs less jacket and more voice. It’s a nice sound but the song is nothing that sticks in your mind. I’m thinking this could be a tad lost after the rest perform.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:12 pm

Up first are Brunettes Shoot Blondes


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:09 pm

Ruslana explains that many people watched the semi finals internationally and that those that did, really analysed the performances which show they are really interested in the songs.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:06 pm

After a short welcome by the hosts, we are now being introduced to the jury members. Andrey Danilko (aka Verka Serduchka – Ukraine 2007) Ruslana (Ukraine 2004) and famous composer Konstantin Meladze


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:02 pm

And like is tradition, we begin with a montage video of classic Eurovision winners.


Danny Ni
February 21, 20165:01 pm

And the show has begun!

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