Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Under the Ladder is a decent, though unremarkable, song with a novel gimmick that should see Ukraine safely into the final.
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?