Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Ukraine
National selection
Selection process National Final
Selection date(s) Heats:
31 October 2010 -
28 November 2010
Semi-finals:
5 December 2010 -
26 December 2010
Final:
26 February 2011
Selected entrant Mika Newton
Selected song "Angel"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (6th, 81 points)
Final result 4th, 159 points
Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Ukraine participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany and selected their artist and song through a televised national final, organised by the Ukrainian broadcaster, the NTU.[1] After a controversial selection procedure Mika Newton and her song "Angel" were declared Ukraine's entry.

National Selection 2011[edit]

The first castings for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest started on 19 August 2010. They ended after three days on 21 August. A 7-member jury were to announce 30 artists to pass to the next round of their national selection, scheduled to start in October. There the artists presented their songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. By the end of December, 15 candidates were still in the running to become their country's next Eurovision participant.[2] The final decision will be made on the 27 February.

35 artists were chosen after castings concluded on 21 August. The selected artists include Verka Serduchka (who was automatically qualified for the final[3]), who represented Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, and Anastasia Prikhodko, who represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, as well as several past national final entrants.[4][5] On 14 October, Verka Serduchka withdrew from the competition. NTU replaced Serduchka with Pavel Tabakov.[6]

Televised heats[edit]

Each heat contained seven acts. Three songs from each heat qualified via a jury vote (shown in gold), and one by a public televote (shown in silver) to the final on 27 February 2011.[7][8]

Heat 1[edit]

The first heat was broadcast on 31 October. The three jury qualifiers were Khrystyna Kim, Alyona Korneyeva and Dariya Medovaya. Televoting was opened after the heat and closed before the second heat, with the final qualifier only being known after all the heats.[9] Qualifying through the SMS voting was girl group Zaklyopki, with an additional wildcard being awarded to El Kravchuk.

Heat 1–31 October 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Yakiv Smirnov[10] "You'll Be With Me"
2 Zaklyopki "Superhero (U-la-la)"
3 El Kravchuk "Moya nadezhda"
4 Kristina Kim "Victim of My Love"
5 Alyona Korneyeva[11] "Why Did I Say Goodbye"
6 Inna Voronova "Mr. Fever"
7 Dariya Medovaya[12] "Infinity"

Heat 2[edit]

The second heat was broadcast on 7 November. The three jury qualifiers were Ivan Berezovsky, Eduard Romanyuta and Bahroma. Televoting was opened after the heat and closed before the third heat, with the final qualifier only being known after all the heats.[13] Qualifying through the SMS voting was duo Neksi, with an additional wildcard being awarded to the group Para normalnyh.

Heat 2–7 November 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Para normalnyh[14] "Glyadi"
2 Eduard Romanyuta "Berega"
3 Ivan Berezovsky[15] "Ave Maria"
4 Bahroma "Chernoe More"
5 Metropoly10[16] "Think It Over"
6 Neksi[17] "Sever-Yug"

Heat 3[edit]

The third heat was broadcast on 14 November. The three jury qualifiers were Oleksiy Matias, Shanis and Jemchug. Televoting was opened after the heat and closed before the fourth heat, with the final qualifier only being known after all the heats.[18] Qualifying through the SMS voting was Vitalyj Galaj, with an additional wildcard being awarded to the group ARMIYA.

Heat 3–14 November 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Arina Domski "Prosto Lyubov"
2 Vitalyj Galay[19] "My Expression"
3 Oleksiy Matias "Always by Myself"
4 Shanis "Ya Tvoya"
5 Nataliya Pugacheva[20] "Hey Boy"
6 Jemchug[21] "Hero"
7 ARMIYA "Allo Allo"

Heat 4[edit]

The fourth heat was broadcast on 21 November. The three jury qualifiers were Anastasiya Prikhodko, Mika Newton and Zlata Ognevich. Televoting was opened after the heat and closed before the fifth heat, with the final qualifier only being known after all the heats.[22] Qualifying through the SMS voting was Mila Nitich, with an additional wildcard being awarded to Vladislav Levitsky.

Heat 4–21 November 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Olexandr Kvarta "Ne Somnevausya"
2 Vladislav Levitskiy "Love"
3 Dash "No-one Knows"
4 Zlata Ognevich "The Kukushka"
5 Anastasiya Prikhodko "Action"
6 Mika Newton "Angel"
7 Mila Nitich "Goodbye"

Heat 5[edit]

The fifth heat was broadcast on 28 November. The three jury qualifiers were Jamala, Tanya Vorzheva and Denis Povalyj. Televoting was opened after the heat and closed before the first semi-final, with the final qualifier only being known after all the heats.[23] Qualifying through the SMS voting was Pavlo Tabakov, with no additional wildcard being awarded in this heat.

Heat 5–28 November 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Pavlo Tabakov "Shake Your Body"
2 Jamala "Smile"
3 Denys Povaliy "Aces High"
4 Maxym Novytskiy ″True Love Can Free You″
5 Tanya Vorzheva ″Vsyo resheno″
6 Vroda "Zhovteye Zhyto"

Semi-finals[edit]

Semi-final 1[edit]

Semi-final 1–5 December 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Bahroma "Chernoe More"
2 Jemchug "Hero"
3 Vitalyj Galay "My Expression"
4 Neksi "Sever-Yug"
5 Zlata Ognevich "The Kukushka"
6 Para normalnyh "Glyadi"
7 Tanya Vorzheva ″Vsyo resheno″
8 Vladislav Levitsky "Love"

Semi-final 2[edit]

Semi-final 2–12 December 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 Mika Newton "Angel"
2 Ivan Berezovsky "Ave Maria"
3 Shanis "Ya Tvoya"
4 Zaklyopki "Superhero (U-la-la)"
5 Alyona Korneyeva "Why Did I Say Goodbye"
6 Kristina Kim "Victim of My Love"
7 Denys Povaliy "Aces High"
8 Anastasiya Prikhodko "Action"

Semi-final 3[edit]

Semi-final 3–26 December 2010
Draw Artist Song
1 ARMIYA "Allo Allo"
2 El Kravchuk "Moya nadezhda"
3 Jamala "Smile"
4 Eduard Romanyuta "Berega"
5 Mila Nitich "Goodbye"
6 Pavlo Tabakov "Shake Your Body"
7 Dariya Medovaya "Infinity"
- Oleksiy Matias "Always by Myself"

Original Final[edit]

Final - 26 February 2011[24]
Draw Artist Song Internet Voting (10%) SMS Voting (45%) Jury (45%) Total Place
1 Zlata Ognevich "The Kukushka" 13 19 19 18.40 2
2 Dasha Medova "Infinity" 16 16 13 14.65 4
3 Zhemchug "Hero" 2 5 7 5.60 16
4 Bakhroma "Chernoe More" 9 7 10 8.55 13
5 Oleksiy Matias "Myself" 15 15 11 13.20 6
6 Jamala "Smile" 19 17 17 17.20 3
7 Mila Nitich "Goodbye" 1 9 15 10.90 10
8 Alyona Korneyeva "Why Did I Say Goodbye" 4 11 14 11.65 9
9 Denys Povaliy "Aces High" 8 6 9 7.55 14
10 El Kravchuk "Moya nadezhda" 17 10 8 9.80 11
11 Shanis "Kamenny Tsvetok" 10 1 8 5.05 17
12 Vitalyj Galay "My Expression" 11 2
13 Mika Newton "Angel" 21 21 21 21.00 1
14 Eduard Romanyuta "Berega" 12 13 13 12.90 7
15 Tanya Vorzheva ″Vsyo resheno″ 3 3
16 Ivan Berezovsky "Ave Maria" 5 14 16 14.00 5
17 Zaklyopki "Superhero (U-la-la)" 7 4 10 7.00 15
18 Vladislav Levitsky "Love" 6 8 12 9.60 12
19 Anastasiya Prikhodko "Action" 14 12 12 12.20 8

Tanya Vorzheva and Vitaliy Galay were disqualified for having over six performers on stage. Neksi withdrew, but performed one of their songs out of competition. The winner, chosen by a combination of televoting (45%), jury voting (45%) and internet votes (10%) was announced to be Mika Newton.[25][26]

However, just as in the previous year, the outcome of the final led to controversy and chaos; jury member Hanna Herman asked for the re-evaluation of the votes as rumors of miscounting votes swerved around.[27] This led to a new final, scheduled to take place on March 3. Since most objections against the previous result revolved around artist being voted multiple times from the same phone numbers, in the new final only votes coming from unique phone numbers would be counted. The results were to be decided entirely by televoting.[27]

New Final and decision to send Angel[edit]

Jamala (with the song "Smile") was originally set to perform in the new final, but she withdrew from it on March 1 claiming that votes would again be rigged.[28] Very soon afterwards Zlata Ognevich also withdrew, stating that she was due to take part in another television show that day. This left Mika Newton as the artist to represent Ukraine, but it remained unknown which song she would perform on Eurovision.[29] On March 4 Newton and the competitions organizer NTU declared Angel would be sent to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 "with better arrangements".[30] A new music video of the song was presented on March 15 featuring the revamped version.[31]

At Eurovision[edit]

Ukraine went through the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May, eventually finishing in 4th place in the voting of the final on 14 May.

Points Awarded by Ukraine[32][edit]

Points Awarded to Ukraine (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Ukraine (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (9 July 2010). "Ukraine starts looking for 2011 representative". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  3. ^ (Ukrainian) "Gogol Bordello" не буде на "Євробаченні", а Сердючка вже у фіналі, Табло ID (August 20, 2010)
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  10. ^ Yakiv Smirnov at Song Contest National Qualification
  11. ^ Alyona Korneyeva at Song Contest National Qualification
  12. ^ Dariya Medovaya at Song Contest National Qualification
  13. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-07). "Ukraine : Three more acts qualify for the final". EscToday.com. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  14. ^ Para normalnyh at Song Contest National Qualification
  15. ^ Ivan Berezovsky at Song Contest National Qualification
  16. ^ Metropoly10 at Song Contest National Qualification
  17. ^ Neksi at Song Contest National Qualification
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  19. ^ Vitalyj Galay at Song Contest National Qualification
  20. ^ Nataliya Pugacheva at Song Contest National Qualification
  21. ^ Jemchug at Song Contest National Qualification
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  23. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-28). "Three more acts qualify for the Ukrainian final". EscToday.com. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
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  32. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008

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