Anna Kohanchik and Taras Dobrovolskiy have become the next two contestants to be voted off the Ukrainian casting show Ti-zirka, ending their dream of Eurovision participation. Irina Rozenfeld topped the scoreboard, which was decided by 50% public vote and 50% expert jury.
Tina Karol was by far the public favourite, winning the telephone and SMS poll, although she only merited a sixth place from the expert jury, pushing her down to a joint third place overall with Kirill Turichenko. The theme of the second show was World Hits, and the full results are as follows, with the televote, jury vote and total given after each entry:
1. Irina Rozenfeld – Dancing Queen (ABBA) 10+11=21
2. Vladimir Tkachenko – They won�t go when I go (George Michael) 8+12=20
3= Tina Karol – Je t�aime (Lara Fabian) 12+7=19
3= Kirill Turichenko – Always (Bon Jovi) 9+10=19
5= Natalia Volkova – She�s got the look (Roxette) 11+5=16
5= Stanislav Konkin – Sunshine Reggae (Laid Back) 7+9=16
7. Anna Kohanchik – Hot Stuff (Donna Summer) 6+8=14
8. Taras Dobrovolskiy – I�ve been thinking of you (Londonbeat) 5+6=11
In a very close televote, several performers were fighting to stay above the bottom two placings. The televoting figures were given live on the web while phonelines were open.
Rozenfeld is the youngest of all the performers, at just seventeen, and reached third place in the first show of Ti-zirka. Tina Karol, a former winner of the Ukrainian New Wave music festival, achieved second place in that show, again winning the televote. Kirill Turichenko was the overall winner on the first week, in which the contestants sang Ukrainian chart hits.
The final of Ti-zirka is set for Saturday, 11th March. The artist selected to represent the Ukraine will have to pass through the international semifinal in Athens, due to Greenjolly's disappointing result for the home country in 2005.