Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra will celebrate ‘after the war’ in Ukraine

The lead singer of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra said the folk-rap group will celebrate Eurovision Song Contest victory “after the war”.

The act has been the front-runner of the competition since the invasion, prompting organizers to ban Russia from participating.

After their victory in Turin, Italy, after a powerful performance of the song Stefania, the Kalush Orchestra said the victory was “for every Ukrainian”.

During a press conference, frontman Oleg Psyuk said: “We haven’t really celebrated yet.

“We’re probably going to have a big celebration after the war because winning is great, winning the Eurovision Song Contest is fantastic, but there’s just so much happening.

“People get killed in wars or they fight in wars or lose their jobs in Ukraine, it’s not really the best setting to celebrate.”

Asked about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s social media post saying that Ukraine will host Eurovision next year, Psyuk added: “If the President said it was going to happen, then it will happen.


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Lower House/PA)

“We will host Eurovision in a rebuilt and happy Ukraine.

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“He congratulated us and is happy that we won.”

Psyuk said Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest “lifted spirits” in the war-torn nation and he remains hopeful for the country’s future.

During the performance, which combined rap and Ukrainian folklore, group members wore elaborate outfits including long, multicolored fringe ensembles.

The rapper said: “I looked calm but my heart just kept beating.

“I mean, of course I was nervous, 200 million people were watching, the whole of Ukraine was watching us, a huge responsibility.

“You have no right to screw this up!”

Despite the triumph, Psyuk said he is going back to his homeland in Ukraine, where he runs a volunteer organization.

He added: “It’s chaos.

“It’s like a sick lottery with all these missiles.

“I’m going back to Ukraine, I’m running the volunteer organization, we’re helping people with housing, transport, medicine, whatever it takes, so I’ll just keep doing that.”

The Ukrainian group did not top the Eurovision scoreboard after the jury vote, but triumphed in the public vote, earning 439 points out of a possible 468.

After the win, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which organizes the song contest, released a statement claiming that “certain irregular voting patterns” had been discovered in relation to six countries.

The statement said: “In order to comply with the competition’s voting instructions, the EBU has worked with its voting partner to calculate an aggregate substitute score for each country concerned for both the second semi-final and the grand final.”

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