Ukraine: Angel in white27 February 2011 at 00:05 CET
At the beginning of the show the rules of the tonight's voting have been explained once more. The finalist was chosen by decision of the profeesional jury (45 %), sms voting (45 %) and the Internet voting (10 %).
The Ukrainians could give their votes per sms with the beginning till the end of the show, when the Internet voting was closed before the national selection started, at 20:00 CET.
The special guest in the national Ukrainian final was Oleksandr Ponomaryov, a former participant in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest.
The jury consisted of the well known Ukrainian personalities such as Jegor Benkendorf and Jan Tabachnikov, as well as the former participants in the Europe's biggest show Ruslana, Ani Lorak and Alyosha. The jury seriously discussed all the entries of tonight's event and chose Mika Newton as the best candidate for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The young singer inspired not only the jury with her romantic ballad, she also could convince her Ukrainian nation with her originality and a very good performance on stage. One of the juries even called Mika the cutest girl of this night.
Here is the line-up of the participants in tonight's show (winner in bold):
1. Zlata Ognevich - The Kukushka
2. Darya Medovaya - Infinity
3. Zhemchug - Hero
4. Bahroma - Yeyo Imya
5. Alexey Matias - Myself
6. Jamala - Smile
7. Mila Nitich - Goodbye
8. Elena Korneeva - Why Didn't Say Goodbye
9. Denis Povaliy - Aces High
10. El Kravchuk - My Hope
11. Shanis - Kamennyj Tsvetok
12. Vitaliy Galay - My Expression (disqualified)
13. Mika Newton - Angel
14. Eduard Romanyuta - Berega
15. Tatyana Vorzheva - Vsyo Resheno (disqualified)
16. Ivan Berezovskiy - Ave Maria
17. Zaklyopki - Superhero
18. Vladislav Levitskiy - Love
19. Anastasia Prikhodko - Action
Unfortunately, Tatyana Vorzheva and Vitaliy Galay have been disqualified from the show. Both artists broke the rules and appeared on stage with more than 6 dancers. The jury noticed that contestants knew the rules exactly and didn't give them any chance for the voting results.
Group Neksi withdrew from the show but came to support another participants with one of their old entries Hej Vy, Kosachenky!
If you missed the show or want to watch it again, check out the Eurovision.tv WebTV player.