Mika Newton: An Unlikely "Angel" for Ukraine

The next song selected for Düsseldorf was the Ukrainian entry.  After months of preselections, heats, semifinals, rumors, and innuendo, most observant Eurofans had assumed that the golden ticket would fall into the hands of one of three women: Zlata Ognevich, Jamala, or Anastasiya Prikhodko.  Zlata’s upbeat “The Kukushka” was a perfect dance-pop number that fit in nicely with Ukraine’s Eurovision history (think “Shady Lady”, “Be My Valentine”, “Show Me Your Love”, etc).  Jamala’s quirky “Smile” was an imaginative and unique offering unlike any other song in the National Selection (or any other, for that matter).  And the lure of bringing in Anastasiya, who had represented Russia back in 2009, was a pretty big temptation, as well, even if her song “Action” didn’t show off very much of her vocals.

So, did the victory go to Zlata, Jamala, or Anastasiya?

Turns out, it went to none of the above!  In a shock win, Mika Newton’s ballad “Angel” took the maximum points from the jury, audience text voting, and the online vote.  I’m still not sure what to think of this turn of events…I had been rooting for Zlata, in all honesty.  The Ukrainians had a number of unique, catchy, and creative songs that might have landed them at the top of the leaderboard in Germany, but they went for a slow ballad with little standalone personality.  It’s still unclear whether Mika will sing in English or Ukrainian (she’s recorded the song in both, although she performed the English version at the Preselection yesterday).  I personally hope she goes for the Ukrainian, as her English isn’t quite intelligible, and keeping it in her native language might give the song some measure of authenticity.  Regardless, she looks lovely and sings well, it’s just that the song doesn’t make it up to par.

(UPDATE!: Continuing with the longstanding tradition of confusion and possible corruption in Ukrainian Eurovision proceedings, the validity of Mika’s victory as been thrown into question.  Allegations of power-voting from the televote and online poll have arisen, and even one of the jurors wants an in-depth investigation of the weekend’s proceedings.  Complicating matters even further, Mika herself has said that she wants to switch her song “Angel” out for a new one, written by “My Heart Will Go On” producer Walter Afanasieff.  So, will the ticket go to Zlata or Jamala after all?  Everything’s still very much up in the air in Kiev, and I’ll try to keep you all as informed as possible as quickly as possible!)

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Posted on February 27, '11, in 2011, Ukraine. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. boolshit! she's a nice singer, i saw her videos. I think she can more, but she's nice, as it seems to me

  2. Well, it likely won't be the song for Ukraine after all, so we'll see what ends up happening!

  3. More Ukrainian scandals? One in 2009, another in 2010, and now this?-Finland

  4. It's just not Eurovision without a scandal in Kiev…it's just about as traditional as borscht and painted Easter eggs! 😉

  5. Jamala out? O my God!-Finland

  6. Zlata, too? So then it is Mika after all!-Finland

  7. She is a gorgeous girl, but the song is mediocre at best. I think Jamala's performance is unusual, and would've stand a chance. Perhaps I'm just not getting it – but the whole concept of Mika standing on the podium and man in white crawling around her seems to be bland and in my mind serves no purpose. She doesn't have a voice, and a song to impress with a solo performance. Crawling white angels are not helping the case

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