- Cooper Olsen
Ukraine: Aussievision's Vidbir 2023 rankings
This December sees the national selection of the reigning Eurovision champions, Ukraine's Vidbir 2023.
Vidbir sees 10 acts perform with the winner to represent the powerhouse nation in Liverpool.
All up, 18 members of the Aussievision team voted using the 12 points down to 1 point system and we have the results.
Here are our rankings from 10th down to 1st place:
10. DEMCHUK - 'Alive' (58 points)
Highs: 5 points from Samuel, Steven, Mike and Colleen
Lows: 1 point from Emma and Keil, 2 points from Stef, Hugo, Dale and Tim
9. Tember Blanche - 'Я вдома' ('la vdoma') (64 points)
Highs: 10 points from Fleur, 7 points from Dale
Lows: 1 point from Hayley, Hugo and Liv, 2 points from Cooper, Ted, Steven, Colleen and Guy
"I did not mind this. I really liked her voice. It needs a little something extra to really stand out, but there’s a bit of potential here." ~ Fleur
8. Angelina - 'Stronger' (82 points)
Highs: 12 points from Keil, 8 points from Cooper
Lows: 1 point from Justin and Stef, 2 points from Hayley and Liv
"Classic piano to get you hooked, sung in English. Chorus has potential to linger around in your head for a bit as well with those 'whoa-oh-oh-ohs'. This one has a lot of good things going for it." ~ Keil
"It's clear Angelina has been living in Sweden recently as this song has the distinct trademarks of a Swedish produced power/pop track. As someone who is a massive fan of Swedish pop, I was pleasantly surprised to hear this song in the mix." ~ Cooper
7. Moisei - 'I'm Not Alone' (87 points)
Highs: 8 points from Tim and Liv, 7 points from Cooper, Justin, Ted, Hugo and Guy
Lows: 1 point from Dale and Fleur, 2 points from Kyriakos, Keil and Mike
6. 2TONE - 'Квітка' ('Kvitka') (88 points)
Highs: 10 points from Keil, 8 points from Samuel and Fleur
Lows: 1 point from Cooper, Kyriakos and Mike, 2 points from Justin and Emma.
"These guys sound like they're going to break into metal screams one second, then they transform into a cool rapping segment. I think they will have some pretty good appeal, without sounding like a repeat of Kalush Orchestra with their rap sound - they're distinct." ~ Keil
5. TVORCHI - 'Heart of Steel' (94 points)
Highs: 12 points from Mike and Dale, 10 points from Samuel
Lows: 1 point from Ted and Colleen, 3 points from Stef, Hayley, Emma, Guy and Liv
"Heart of Steel delivers impact from the very beginning. A modern sound incorporates a lot of different influences, but somehow comes together in a cohesive package. I could see this on the Eurovision stage in Liverpool. " ~ Mike
"Although there are elements of others songs I may prefer, this brings me the whole package. Impressive production and a contemporary song with a great message delivered with strength. Big staging potential here." ~ Dale
4. KRUTЬ - 'Колискова' ('Kolyskova') (117 points)
Highs: 10 points from Hayley, Colleen and Guy, 8 points from Justin, Ted, Steven and Keil.
Lows: 1 point from Tim, 2 points from Samuel.
"Ethereal and dreamy, this song takes you on a bit of a journey. The instrumentation on this song is lush and layered and her voice is just soothing. Oh so lovely!" ~ Hayley
"The vocal performance on this song is beautiful. The melody and harmonies make it a really pretty song. Assuming she’ll be playing the instrument in the picture, I’m really looking forward to seeing this one live." ~ Guy
3. OY Sound System - 'Ой, тужу' ('Oy, tuzhu') (122 points)
Highs: 12 points from Stef, Tim and Guy, 10 points from Kyriakos, Emma and Mike
Lows: 1 point from Samuel and Steven, 2 points from Fleur
"From the moment the first note comes through the headphone’s, there is an immense amount of intrigue about this song. It’s just so interesting and different!!! There’s almost a mourning sound to it which sounds brilliant. I can see this being both a potential winner for it’s ability to be so different from every else, but it could also be used the other way and come dead last. I think this will depend on it’s live presentation." ~ Tim
"Ukraine has an automatic spot in the final this year and this is their time to take a risk! This song is powerful and unique, and with Ukraine's history of incredible staging they could make a real statement with this song. I absolutely love it!" ~ Stef
"The beats and synths on this track are great. Added with the powerful vocal, it makes this one a huge stand out. It could make for a really impactful live performance." ~ Guy
2. FIINKA - 'Довбуш' ('Dovbush') (151 points)
Highs: 12 points from Samuel, Justin and Colleen, 10 points from Cooper, Ted, Steven, Stef, Hugo, Dale and Liv
Lows: 3 point from Tim, 6 points from Kyriakos
"It's a consistently interesting entry, starting with a seemingly cacophonic intro, venturing into a catchy chorus, and finally reaching a great remixed middle 8 before ending. It's not perfect, but it'd definitely get people talking." ~ Justin
"This act simply screams Ukraine at Eurovision: the mixing of traditional Slavic instruments to a contemporary tune, a confident female solo performer, and an addictively catchy melody that would make Verka Serduchka proud. I don’t understand anything she says except for the random English word “superman” – but I am absolutely hooked on this. I am absolutely fascinated to see how FIINKA will present this in her live performance. If she can pull this off vocally and make it to Eurovision, I see her pulling off a Kalush Orchestra and Go_A before her, and delivering a televoting landslide with this quirky, addictive banger." ~ Samuel
"Dovbush is Ukraine doing what Ukraine does best, mixing their roots with modern dance music. While we have seen this sort of thing from Ukraine at Eurovision in the past few years, It's definitely not a tired concept." ~ Colleen
1. Jerry Heil - 'When God Shut the Door' (166 points)
Highs: 12 points from Cooper, Kyriakos, Ted, Steven, Hayley, Hugo, Emma, Fleur and Liv.
Lows: 1 point from Guy, 3 points from Keil
"Wow, this song is AMAZING. I really think this could give Ukraine a back to back win! Even though the lyrics tell a story of abandonment and isolation the vocals and music just wraps you up snuggly with ribbons made up of the colours of the Ukrainian flag. The Ukrainian verse just transcends into the heavens to a place higher than God! It is spiritual and gets deep into your veins. WOW!" ~ Kyriakos
"A complete 180 from her last attempt at Eurovision! Jerry mixes together Opera, Folk, Electro all together and makes a concoction that is simply breathtaking. This track fits with the current climate and would be a worthy contender to defend the microphone trophy in Liverpool because if any song in Vidbir was to win Eurovision, its this one right here." ~ Cooper.
"I can see the '1944' and 'Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors' comparisons already, but I don't particularly care - one of those songs never actually made it to Eurovision, and the other one will be 7 years old in 2023. This has shape, narrative and some really top quality production. Jerry is a proven performer from her previous Vidbir performances, and I'm not worried about her capacity to deliver the song at all. It's a great song and a great contrast to what Ukraine sent last year. This is a strong national final and I suspect I'll be happy with whatever Ukraine chooses, but this is the one that leaps out to me as a winner." ~ Ted
"Great opening instrumentation and I love the operatic gymnastics accompanied by a thumping beat. I can (almost) even forgive the awful rhyming right at the beginning. Strong Go_A vibes and I reckon this could go off in a stadium!" ~ Steven
"I am always cautious of picking the favourite as my 12 points, but those lyrics, they hit you right in the guts. I cannot go past this song and it is very memorable. I think she will win Vidbir and could win the 2023 contest in Liverpool. It's bound to hit people in the feels." ~ Hayley
"It’s the one everyone’s talking about and for good reason. I like the spoken word bit actually, conveys a seriousness, also I like the mix of English and Ukrainian. Musically, really very catchy especially that instrumental bit with the beat and vocal. Has the earmarkings as a winner. ~ Hugo
"It would be difficult for Ukraine to send a song to Eurovision 2023 that didn't acknowledge what is going on in their country. 'When God Shut The Door' does this perfectly...blending English and Ukrainian with catchy lyrics and an operatic electro sound that is uplifting rather than depressing. So much could be done with the staging and Jerry's vocals are hauntingly beautiful." ~ Emma
"Just call this National Final done and dusted - Jerry Heil has *the* Vidbir entry of the year with winner vibes to BURN. The eerie and mysterious production really draw in the listener and create immediate emotional impact (whether positive or negative - it doesn't really matter as long as you're memorable). My favourite Ukrainian entries always have an eclectic mix of genres and sounds, 'When God Shut the Door' manages to fit this criteria well. The lyrics are poignant without being overbearing - the verse in Ukrainian is stunning. Jerry is a fantastic live vocalist and ambassador for the nation." ~ Liv
So the Aussievision team has given the top spot to Jerry Heil, almost half of the team members gave 'When God Shut the Door' twelve points and the song was in the top five of 16 contributors out of 18.
So can Jerry Heil take out the actual crown? Tune in the morning of the December 18th (Saturday 17th in Europe) to find out.
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