Congratulations from the European Union to Ukraine, which on Saturday evening won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in history. The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra performed in Turin with the song “Stefania”. European Council President Charles Michel wrote on Twitter: “I want Eurovision next year to take place in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine.” This is one of the many congratulations that were sent to Kyiv.
The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra with “Stefania”, dedicated to mothers, won the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin from Saturday to Sunday evening, ahead of Great Britain and Spain. The Ukrainians scored a total of 631 points and won thanks to the audience’s vote. Sam Ryder from Great Britain, performer of the song “Space Man” took second place. Chanel from Spain took third place. Saturday’s final was watched by nearly 200 million viewers around the world.
“We will make sure that one day the Eurovision participants and guests will visit Mariupol, Ukraine. Free, Peaceful, Reconstructed!” – President Volodymyr Zelensky commented. “Thank you for the victory of the Kalush Orchestra and everyone who voted for us! The chord of victory over the enemy is not far away.”
European leaders congratulate Ukraine
European Council President Charles Michel wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations to the Kalush Orchestra on its victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Congratulations! I want Eurovision next year to be held in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine.”
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, wrote, “Congratulations to the Kalush Orchestra and Ukraine on winning the Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight your song won my heart. We celebrate your victory around the world. The European Union is with you.”
“Congratulations to Ukraine and the Kalush Orchestra, you won. Long live the music! Long live Europe!” – These are the words of the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote: “Winning the competition is a clear reflection not only of talent but also of unwavering support for your struggle for freedom.”
“Let this be just one of the many victories this year,” wrote Lithuanian President Gitanas Nosida. “Love always wins, truth always wins. Europe is with you, our hearts are with you. Glory to Ukraine!” – added.
Victory in the shadow of war
Ukraine won the Eurovision Award for the third time. This time – as Italian commentators emphasize – under the tragic circumstances of the war. Ansa wrote, “The voice of a martyr’s nation.” The success of the Ukrainian team was determined by the vote of viewers, taking a record with more than 430 points. Thus, from fourth place, after the national vote, the jury reached the top.
Kalush Orchestra is a Kyiv band, founded by rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenczuk and DJ MC Kilimmen in 2019. In 2021, it was expanded to the Kalush Orchestra project. Psiuk wrote the song “Stefania”, dedicating it to his mother. After the outbreak of the war, the song acquired a suggestive symbolic meaning because it was dedicated to all Ukrainian mothers. Ukrainian representatives were cited as almost certain winners even before the competition began in the capital of Piedmont.
According to the regulations, the next edition will be held in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to Europeans to vote for the team. This victory for all Ukrainians, Oleh Psiuk said on stage at the Pala Olimpico in Turin. Fame for Ukraine! Earlier, after performing the song during the end, the musicians appealed: – Please, help Ukraine and Mariupol, help Azovstal.
The room was one of the main themes of the competition, which was hosted by famous singers Laura Puccini and Mica, and radio and television presenter Alessandro Cattelan. John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” was heard in Turin.
Russia was disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest by its organizer, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) immediately after the attack on Ukraine.
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