Eurovision 2022: Seven songs that won the televoting but not the national final!

The national finals of the Eurovision 2022 have been completed! We now know all the artists and songs that will compete in Turin in May and fight for the win.

Out of the 40 participating countries, 28 selected their representative through  a national final, while only 12 by an internal selection.

In this tribute we will have a look at seven entries that won the televoting in their country’s national final, but the judges had a different opinion, which resulted in them being deprived of the victory.


The rock band Voyager, with the song Dreamer, was the winner of the Australian televoting. However, the third place awarded to them by the judges was enough to cost them the win.

Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has continued its selection through an online national final this year. The Czech public chose as the winners Jordan Haj and Emma Smetana, who are very well known in the country, with the song By Now. However, the last place given to them by the international jury deprived them of the victory.

North Macedonia

After many years, North Macedonia has returned with a national final for its participation. The winner of the TV audience was Viktor Apostolovski with Superman. Although he tied with Andrea on the first place, after the votes were tallied the country’s public television decided to override the jury’s score, in which he was in the third place.


Romania, who recorded three eliminations in recent years, came back with a national final. A choice that, however, disappointed the fanbase of the country, as the percentage of preference of the TV audience was only 10%, with the remaining 90% belonging to the jury, which, as expected, determined the final result.

The winner of the televoting with a small difference and yet a small percentage was Dora Gaitanovici with the song Ana, who came sixth in the jury.


The fan favorite Tanxugueiras, with the song Terra, achieved an unbelievable 70.75% in the Spanish public vote. However, the panel of experts ranked them fifth, which resulted in them not only failing to achieve the victory but also creating a lot of drama.


Anders Bagge with the song Bigger than the Universe, won the vote of the Swedish TV audience by a large margin. However, the international judges ranked it eighth, and as a result, it ended up losing the win.


Alina Pash with Tini Zabutykh Predkiv was the winner of Vidbir 2022. Although she withdrew from Eurovision due to her way of entering Crimea, she was the runner-up in the TV audience vote.

Winners of the televoting and subsequent representatives of Ukraine in Eurovision 2022, by a wide margin, were the Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania. In the jury votes they were the runner-up.

These were the seven countries whose result was overturned by the jury, without letting the televoters’ choice be heard and calling into question the objectivity and existence of the juries once again.

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Ukraine: Detailed results of Vidbir 2022!

A few hours ago, the Ukrainian broadcaster,  Suspilne, published the detailed results of Vidbir 2022, which was the Ukrainian national final for Eurovision 2022 in Turin!

We remind you that the voting results of the national final depend on the televoting (50%) and the jury (50%). Each member of the jury gives points ranging from 1 to 8, where 1 is the lowest score and 8 is the highest. The voting results of the viewers are formed as a percentage of the votes, which amounts to 100%, with the subsequent conversion of the votes to points from 1 to 8.

The detailed voting of the jury is as follows:

Tina Karol:

  • Michael Soul – “Demons” – 1 point
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZZZ”  – 2 points
  • Cloudless – “All be alright” – 3 points
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya lyubov” (My love) – 4 points
  • Barleben – “Hear My Words” – 5 points
  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutykh predkiv” – 6 points
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” – 7 points
  • Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” – 8 points


  • Cloudless – “All be alright” –  1 point
  • Michael Soul – “Demons” – 2 points
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZZZ” – 3 points
  • Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” – 4 points
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya lyubov” – 5 points
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” – 6 points
  • Barleben – “Hear My Words” – 7 points
  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutykh predkiv” – 8 points

Yaroslav Lodigin:

  • Cloudless – “All be alright” –  1 point
  • Barleben – “Hear My Words” – 2 points
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” – 3 points
  • Michael Soul – “Demons” – 4 points
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZZZ” – 5 points
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya lyubov” – 6 points
  • Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” – 7 points
  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutykh predkiv” – 8 points

The overall score of the jury is the following:

  • Cloudless – “All be alright” –  5 points– correspond to 1 point
  • Michael Soul – “Demons” – 7 points– correspond to 2 points
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZZZ” – 10 points– correspond to 3 points
  • Barleben – “Hear My Words” – 14 points– correspond to 4 points
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya lyubov” – 15 points– correspond to 5 points
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” – 16 points– correspond to 6 points
  • Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” – 19 points– correspond to 7 points
  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutykh predkiv” – 22 points– correspond to 8 points

The total votes of the public:

  • Michael Soul – “Demons” – 1,239 votes – 1 point
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya lyubov” – 1,605 votes – 2 points
  • Barleben – “Hear My Words” – 2,740 votes  – 3 points
  • Cloudless – “All be alright” –  3,410 votes – 4 points
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZZZ” – 5,034 votes – 5 points
  • Wellboy – “Nozzy Bossy” – 5,646 votes – 6 points
  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutykh predkiv” – 19,535 votes – 7 points
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” – 31,634 votes – 8 points

Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine in Turin with the song ”Stefania”. You can listen to their entry here:


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Ukraine: The thriller ends | Kalush Orchestra goes to Turin!

This year’s thriller with the Ukrainian participation in Eurovision 2022, has just ended. According to the country’s public television official announcement, the Kalush Orchestra will eventually represent the country in Turin after the withdrawal of national final winner Alina Pash from the process.

It may have been a whole week since the end of Vidbir, the national final for Eurovision, but Ukraine has only managed to find a representative today. The forced withdrawal of Alina Pash, since according to the complaints, she presented fake entry certificates for her trip to Crimea in 2015, brought a domino of developments with the final result that the Kalush Orchestra took over the representation of the country in the competition.

The Kalush Orchestra with their song Stefania took second place in Vidbir 2022, but having received the most votes from the audience. On Thursday (17/2), the Ukrainian public television addressed a request to the band, to replace Alina Pash in Eurovision 2022.

We remind you that the Kalush Orchestra had denounced the process after their defeat in the national final, claiming that these were the real winners.

Do you think that Kalush Orchestra’s Stefania is a better choice for Ukraine in the contest than Alina Pash?

Ukraine: Broadcaster asks Kalush Orchestra to replace Alina Pash in country’s representation!

The public broadcasting company of Ukraine Suspilne has just announced that they will ask the group that finished second in Vidbir 2022 (and first in the public vote), Kalush Orchestra, to replace winner Alina Pash in the country’s representation in Eurovision 2022, after Pash’s withdrawal.

The announcement made on Suspilne’s official website points out the following:

The organization will appeal to Kalush Orchestra to represent Ukraine at Eurovision.

Today, February 17, at the meeting of the Organizing Committee of the National Selection for Eurovision 2022, it was decided to submit an application to Kalush Orchestra with the proposal to represent Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.

Kalush Orchestra finished second in the final and received a total of 14 points, of which the maximum of 8 points from the audience and 6 points from the judges.

It should be noted that the Public Broadcasting monitors the observance of the National Selection Rules and the process of appointing a representative for Ukraine.

According to paragraph 3.4 of the Rules, in case of termination of the participation of the participant who is determined/declared as the winner of the Selection, the organization has the right to decide on the appointment of a representative of Ukraine in the competition among other finalists.

It is important for the broadcaster to maintain the public’s trust in the song contest, so the broadcaster asks the band that finished second in the final and received the most public support to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022, guided by the principle of the ranking of the finalists.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all developments on Kalush Orchestra’s response and Ukraine’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Source: Suspilne

Ukraine: Drama again in the national final!

Traditionally, the national final of Ukraine is one of the most episodic. This habit could not be missing this year either, since we already have the first complaints and reactions, without even 24 hours having passed since its end.

The Kalush Orchestra alleges fraud

Let’s start from the beginning. The winner in yesterday’s national final was Alina Pash, who with her patriotic song and appearance, had moved from the first moment, appearing as the big favorite for the victory.

Alina scored a total of 15 points, receiving the maximum from the committee and second place in the televoting. The Kalush Orchestra, on the other hand, were first in the public and third in the committee, having 14 points. The band’s manager and leader, Oleh Psyuk, said they were considering going to court, as they believed Alina was third and not second in the televoting.

We suspect that the results of the vote may have been falsified. Alina Pash had received 6 points from the audience and Wellboy – 7. Since the Kalush Orchestra got 8 points from the audience, we would have a draw and win, because, with the same number of votes, the one who gets more points than the public wins. We do not rule out going to court and resolving this issue in court.

The complaints are reinforced by a video that has been circulating on social media since yesterday and in which we see the girl who brings the file with the results, not allowing the video of the document contained in it to be videotaped.

In addition, during the live stream, presenter Timur Miroshnychenko was confused several times in announcing the results to the audience, changing the results he had originally announced. On this issue Yaroslav Lodygin, a member of the jury of Vidbir 2022, said:

During the announcement of the results, the presenter Timur Miroshnychenko was confused, because he received a paper containing many confused numbers. This confusion did not include the points of the first places. As for the results of the votes for the participants, I think we can talk about an independent company that counted them objectively. I do not think it is a secret how many people voted there, how much money was given to calls and messages or that there is a case of reduction of votes. We guarantee that there is no intervention in the results.

Ukrainian public television will soon announce the detailed results, while yesterday’s result has been validated, thus confirming Alina’s victory.

Ukraine is once again politicizing the contest

Apart from the above, there are many who commented that Ukraine is once again politicizing its entry in the competition.

Probably wanting to take advantage of Europe’s sympathy, at a time when Russian troops are literally besieging the country around its borders, Ukraine is sending a song to the competition based on the recipe of Jamala and 1944, which in 2016 brought it victory.

If the title of this year ‘s entry is not enough for you to suspect what you will see and hear – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, you can take a look at the lyrics of the song:

Hey, come from down the water

Liberate my heart from trouble
Come out from the water, destiny, destiny
All my sisters, all my brothers
Give the drop that all we need
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, mine and yours
In chronicles, hearts, eyes, blood century after century
Shadows of forgotten ancestors
Clearly here, the call for freedom from water implies the freedom that must come to Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, which since 2014 has been occupied by Russian troops.

I’m a girl from a small town

My folks are best described in writings of Dumas
One for all, and all for one
Nowadays, Dante would’ve written the Divine Tragedy
But we need Picasso’s dove, it’s the divine strategy
In my childhood, girls played with toy dolls
But I wrote these words here because my favourite toy
Was a book of Shakespeare
Just like the Brothers Grimm, I’ll leave behind a piece of me
Remember your ancestors
But write your own history

Here Alina appears a descendant of important personalities of Western Europe, without any reference to Russians. In recent years, Ukrainians have emphasized their differences from Russia, and especially in the cultural sphere, acknowledging their origins with the Rus in Kiev, and not as a common cradle, as Moscow claims.

Of course, the finale of the song, with the Ukrainian flag behind Alina, leaves no doubt in the meaning that the Ukrainians want to convey with this participation.

However, despite her episodic victory, Alina Pash is already in second place in the bets for victory in Turin, behind only Italy, giving joy and hope to the Ukrainians for another success in the Eurovision Song Contest, at a time when the drums of war they hit louder than ever.

You can see Alina’s winning appearance below:

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Ukraine: These are the 8 artists to compete in Vidbir 2022!

A short while ago, Ukraine‘s public broadcaster, UA:PBC, announced the candidates for the country’s national final, Vidbir 2022, with the aim of selecting Ukraine’s next representative for Eurovision 2022!

A total of 284 songs had been submitted. Initially in the first phase, a panel of experts selected the 26 best songs. In the second phase, only eight artists went on to participate in the grand final.

The eight artists who will compete in Vidbir 2022 are:

  • Alina Pash – “Tini zabutih predkiv
  • Cloudless – “All be Alright
  • Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania
  • LAUD – “Head Under Water
  • Michael Soul – “Demons
  • Our Atlantic – “Moya Lyubov
  • Roxolana – “GIRLZZΖZ
  • Wellboy – “Νozzy Bossy

As a reminder, Ukraine’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place on 12 February at 18:00 CET, live on UA public TV (UA:First). Frends Pro TV LLC will produce the Final of the National Selection, and will also create a Live on Tape video of the winner in case it is needed in Turin.

Source: UA:PBC

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