TURIN, Italy—Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest successful Italy connected Saturday with their introduction “Stefania”, riding a question of nationalist enactment to assertion an affectional triumph that was welcomed by the country’s president.
Sung successful Ukrainian, the winning opus fused rap with accepted people euphony and was a tribute to set frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mother.
The bookmakers had made Kalush Orchestra the wide favourite for the yearly contest, which usually draws a tv assemblage of adjacent to 200 million, based successful portion connected fashionable sympathy for Ukraine pursuing Russia’s penetration successful February.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was speedy to connection his congratulations.
“Our courageousness impresses the world, our euphony conquers Europe! Next twelvemonth Ukraine volition big the Eurovision opus contest,” helium said successful an online message.
The winners traditionally get to big the lawsuit the pursuing twelvemonth and Ukraine is hoping that it volition beryllium successful a presumption to bash truthful successful 2023.
“I convey the Kalush Orchestra for this triumph and everyone who gave america your votes! I americium definite that the dependable of triumph successful the conflict with the force is not acold off,” helium added.
Ukraine was successful 4th spot based connected assemblage voting but claimed triumph with a grounds tally successful spectator voting successful an lawsuit that features 40 nations. Britain’s Sam Ryder finished second, portion Chanel of Spain came third.
“The triumph is precise important for Ukraine, particularly this year, truthful convey you from the bottommost of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine!,” Psiuk from the set told a quality conference, speaking done an interpreter.
It is the 3rd clip that Ukraine has won the yearly contention and helium said the song, featuring accepted flutes and breakdancing successful a classical Eurovision substance of styles, was a contender adjacent earlier the struggle began.
Cry for Help
The band’s frontman made a plea for the metropolis of Mariupol and its Azovstal works astatine the extremity of their unrecorded performance.
“Please assistance Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal close now,” Psiuk shouted successful English from the beforehand of the stage.
Speaking aft the event, Psiuk said helium and the set would caput backmost to Ukraine successful 2 days and were not definite what the aboriginal held.
“It’s hard to accidental what precisely I americium going to bash due to the fact that this is the archetypal clip I triumph the Eurovision Song Contest but anyhow similar each Ukrainian we are acceptable to combat arsenic overmuch arsenic we tin and spell until the end,” helium said.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the contest, said nary enactment would beryllium taken against the set for utilizing the signifier to marque a statement.
“We recognize the heavy feelings astir Ukraine astatine this infinitesimal and judge the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and different artists expressing enactment for the Ukrainian radical to beryllium humanitarian alternatively than governmental successful nature,” the EBU said.
By Tara Oakes