Ukraine: Gaitana is the Ukrainian guest in Baku

Ukraine: Gaitana is the Ukrainian guest in Baku
Gaitana. Source: NTU
Kyiv, Ukraine -

In today’s show, 21 artists competed for the honour to represent their country in Baku. Among different types of music from ballad to rock, the TV viewers and the expert jury chose the most modern one. It’s Be My Guest sung by a woman with a strong and convincing voice: Gaitana!

In the beginning of the show the jurors of the national final have been announced. Among them were famous musicians and experts of show business: Valid Arfush, Olena Mozgova, Rudolf Kirnos, Maria Manyuk, Juri Rybchynsky, Yehor Benkendorf and Semen Gorov.

The SMS voting has been open just after the introduction and could be followed on the site of NTU. Renata won the hearts of the majority of the Ukrainian TV viewers and has been leading from the very first second. But Gaitana got more points from the jury and thus won the Ukrainian national final.

Gaitana’s real name is Gaitana Essami. 32 years old artist is famous for her Afro-Ukrainian voice. She can be claimed a pioneer in the Ukrainian R&B.

Gaitana’s Be My Guest is dedicated to the UEFA European Football Championship that will be held in Ukraine this year. The lyrics and music were written by Gaitana herself.

You can watch the video on the site of NTU!

Here is the list of entrants in order of their appearance on stage in today’s show (the winner in bold):

1. Shanis - Dream (16 points)
2. Vitalij Halaj - I Want To Love (7 points)
3. Max Barskih - Dance (38 points)
4. Olya Polyakova - Lepestok (23 points)
5. Eduard Romanyuta - I’ll Never Let Go (28 points)
6. Band Legkyj Flirt - MegaMix (5 points)
7. Igor Tatarenko - You’re My Life (22 points)
8. Myhajlo Hrytskan - Ya Tak Iskal Tebya (17 points)
9. Duet Masha Shazonova & Tyhon Levchenko - I Close To You (27 points)
10. Marta - My Heart Is Sorrowing (19 points)
11. Gaitana - Be My Guest (41 points)
12. Oksana Nesterenko - Mondo Blu (35 points)
13. RAPIRA - Get Over (12 points)
14. Andrij Bohomolets - Are You Waiting For Me (19 points)
15. BONDarchuk - I Don’t Know Why (18 points)
16. Renata - Love In Sunlight Rays (27 points)
17. Band Treeorange - New Day (18 points)
18. NEREALNYE (The Incredibles) - Just A Dream (34 points)
19. Ulyana Rudakova - Ty Ne Odyn (23 points)
20. Marietta - Rainbow (19 points)
21. Lena Voloshyna - Let It Out (14 points)

Matias who has been withdrawn from the national selection came to support the finalists. He sang his song I Will Fight To The End. Zlata Ognevich who participated in the Ukrainian final last year but didn’t win also came to support this year’s contestants. She performed her new song One Day.

Alyosha who participated in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest sang her song To Be Free. This year’s entrant from France, Aggun, perfomed her song Echo (You And I) for the Ukrainian public, as did Sinplus from Switzerland.

Ukraine will compete in the Second Semi-Final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, on May 24th in Baku.

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  • Posted on 16 April 2012 at 20:32
    wonderful song I love it :) good luck report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 March 2012 at 00:25
    Who don't know: yes,Gaitana is really Ukrainian. Her mother is Ukrainian,but father - from Africa. That is why she has an exotic look) And she is really not bad) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2012 at 18:41
    PLAGIAAAAATTTTTT (David Guetta's style 100% and one his songs) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 March 2012 at 20:55
    I like it!Go Gaitana!Move forward!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 March 2012 at 21:46
    Not a unique song. Dance music should also be unique. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 March 2012 at 11:31
    where is Anastasia Prikhodko :( !!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 February 2012 at 17:24
    Football hymns are once again entering the ESC (bad choice from Poland to stay out from this chance to have a double exposure in 2012)! Ukraine is once again demonstrating that they don't mind winning, and come up with a very decent entry. Good job! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 February 2012 at 17:57
    gaitana you don't deserve eurovision max must represent ukraine in azerbaijan.go and sing your bad song in football.I don't want see you in azerbaijan max must come to our country not you ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 February 2012 at 11:42
    Disaster song, after 10 seconds of listening turned off. Guys on the background also look like a joke, hope they live them at home. But she is nice girl... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 February 2012 at 14:00
    Even sad some. There is no wonder in this world. She really is the best… but not better than other countries representers. "Маємо те, що маємо" - '"we have what we have", as President Kuchma has said. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 February 2012 at 14:51
    not bad at all,there is something i like and something that i don`t,but it`s OK :)
    btw, is she Ukrainka? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 February 2012 at 19:56
  • Posted on 21 February 2012 at 15:31
    In my opinion, Max is better then Gaitana report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 February 2012 at 13:23
    I like Gaitana!!! She is really talanted, and have a strong voice, but song has to be changed, I'm sure that she can write other better song for Eurovision. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21 February 2012 at 09:04
    I love it!!! Cant get enough my winner report to the moderator