Alyosha is the winner of tonight's national final in Ukraine. The twenty three-years-old singer will perform her entry To Be Free in Oslo. There was a tie for the first place between her and Masha Sobko. The seven-member profession jury had the final say and decided for Alyosha.
The national Ukrainian final tonight has been held in Kyiv in the studio of Shuster Live. Twenty contestants competed for the victory and the ticket to the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. The musical show has been broadcast by NTU and New Channel. Although the participants had only two days to get ready for tonight's event, they delivered an exciting three-hour show, having presented different musical genres, from a ballade to folk rock music.
Alyosha got the ticket for the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest. Her real name is Olena Kucher. The lyrics of her song has been written in 1977 by B. Chukalyuk in America and had to wait so long to be represented in Oslo this year. To Be Free has been composed by Alyosha herself.
Here is the running order of the 20 participants in the Ukrainian national final tonight (the winner in bold):
1. Vitalij Kozlovskij - I-L@VE?
2 .Vasyl Lazarovych - I Love You
3. SH & BB (Briats-band and band Spalakhnuv Shyfer) – Ne Zhurys'
4. Oleksij Matias - Anhely Ne Umirayut
5. Band Zakliopky - Anybody Home?
6. Ivan Berehzovskij - Utro
7. Duet St'ereo - Ne Shodi S Uma
8. Iryna Rosenfeld - Forever
9. Shanis - Lechu K Tebe
10. Max Barskih - White Raven
11. Vladislav Levitskij - Davaj, Davaj!
12. Miya -Vona
13. Band Da Zzle Dreams - Emotional Lady
14. Masha Subko -Ya Tebya Lyublyu
15. Zlata Okhnevych - Tiny Island
16. Mira Gold - Crazy Lady
17. Nataliya Valevska - Europe
18. Yuliya Vois - Zavyazhy Mne Glaza
19. El Kravchuk - Fly To Heaven
20. Alyosha - To Be Free
Vasyl Lasarovych ended up on the seventh position in the tonight's competition.
The winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, Ruslana, came to support the competitors in the national final this year.
Last year Ukraine finished 12th at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Russian capital of Moscow. The entry, Be My Valentine! (Anti-Crisis Girl), was performed by Svetlana Loboda.
Ukraine will participate in the first half of the second Semi-Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest on the 27th of May.