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Ukraine: Mélovin – Under the Ladder

Fresh from their year as Eurovision host broadcaster, Ukraine has selected Mélovin to represent the nation in Lisbon with the song Under the Ladder. Ukraine will compete in the second half of semi-final 2. This may not have been the best song for Ukraine to take to Lisbon, but at least Mélovin delivers some much needed life into the second half of semi-2; so much so that it will surely stand out and perform quite strongly on the televote. I would expect Ukraine to go slightly later in the running order too, given Björkman has been hired as Eurovision producer,…
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Under the Ladder is a decent, though unremarkable, song with a novel gimmick that should see Ukraine safely into the final.

User Rating: 3.13 ( 32 votes)

Fresh from their year as Eurovision host broadcaster, Ukraine has selected Mélovin to represent the nation in Lisbon with the song Under the Ladder.

Ukraine will compete in the second half of semi-final 2.

This may not have been the best song for Ukraine to take to Lisbon, but at least Mélovin delivers some much needed life into the second half of semi-2; so much so that it will surely stand out and perform quite strongly on the televote. I would expect Ukraine to go slightly later in the running order too, given Björkman has been hired as Eurovision producer, which should help them standout.

Mélovin does struggle with diction and tuning during the verses which is something to keep an eye on in May’s Eurovision rehearsals, though that can easily be improved on as we get closer to the main event. The key strength here is the elevated piano platform segment, as it’s a gimmick that works without the need for LED screens.

Going forward, I recommend adding more light to the staging, as it felt a little too dark during the national final, along with styling Mélovin to appear more human, as opposed to the spawn of an evil super-villain. It might just be the oppressive red lighting, though. I would also bring the backing singers into the performance, rather than hiding them in the shadows. All things considered, Under the Ladder is a decent, though unremarkable, song with a novel gimmick that should see Ukraine safely into the final. Based on the current performance I would set a finishing range of 9th-14th. With improvement Ukraine could solidify a top-10 finish.

  • Lively and well performed
  • Has friends in semi-final
  • Catchy, even though no apparent hook
  • Vocals need work
  • Backing singers need to form part of the performance

Is there a place for Ukraine in the final?

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15 comments

  1. Isn’t great that someone sent a good song tonight no thanks to Slovenia & Moldova.

  2. Ukraine’s NF was my favourite so far. I was disappointed by Tayanna’s clown suit as I loved her earlier performances, but great stuff from Mélovin, the deserved winner, and modern too. And maybe a dark horse for ESC.

  3. Dont get the love for it, the most memorable thing about this is his fake eyeball.

  4. Easy qualifier given what it’s up against so far as well as Ukraine’s excellent record. I’d guess around 11th- 15th in the final but a tough one to judge, could move higher if other countries disappoint and it’s staged well.

  5. His image and energy is good as is the chorus. The verses, particularly the start of the song, don’t make the same impact and there are some vocal issues there too. Being Ukraine I would imagine it will be staged well and hopefully they can make some improvement to the arrangement to catch audience interest from the first notes of the song.

    For now, I’m with Hippo. Easy qualifier and mid table in the final.

  6. The question here is whom would the diaspora support. Would they go for Alekseev or would they chose another Ukrainian boy, Melovin, instead? And I mean a broader Russian speaking diaspora and market here spreading from Azerbaijan to Baltics. Both boys are actually native Russian speakers and give interviews in this language. Would they split diaspora and compete for the same votes?

    • Of course for Alekseev. It is popular in Russia. Melovin no one knows and everyone hates Ukraine (Russian speaking diaspora).

      • shlanderous Do you practice Russian propaganda here? Who hates Ukraine??))) Moreover, the ukrainian music market is now ahead of all russian-speaking countries. It is a fact. I am from Belarus. And I will vote for Ukraine from russian-speaking countries. Because I like the boy Melovin, the original look.

      • Jamala wouldn’t have won if everybody hates Ukraine. I think Alekseev, the boy you’re voting for, tried unsuccesfully to enter for Ukraine before settling on Belarus.

  7. It will get 0 from the jury. His chances of getting a lot of the audience’s votes are also very illusory.
    But I take into account that the finals are very weak, he should qualify.

  8. Also the song is not very good, it reminds me of the teenage music of 2005-2010, like Tokio Hotel, Cinema Bizarre, etc. His image is better than last year, but still designed for emo-girls gothic-girls or something else alternative.

    And it’s funny that his vocals are rated so well. Although it does not matter vocals for his song.

  9. Gav, I’m not sure I would call starting a fire underneath the piano rather than torching the piano itself a novel staging gimmick. If these pyrotechnics go wrong on the night, Melovin could be leaving himself wide open to endless ‘pants on fire’ jibes.

    • Novel in the sense that it gives us progression. It’s not just Mélovin standing there singing a song for 3-minutes. And the visuals really help the pace of the song.

  10. Someone call Batman. The Joker’s broken out of Arkham and is still wearing his straitjacket.

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