Ukraine has been tipped to win this year’s Eurovision after giving its contestants special permission to leave the war-torn country to take part in the song contest.
The six members of folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra were “encouraged” to travel to the Italian city of Turin for Saturday’s finale, despite a specially introduced martial law barring men of military age from leaving Ukraine. The Telegraph reported.
Ukraine are hoping for another Eurovision win after two previous victories in 2004 and 2016. This year’s song entry from the eastern European nation has lyrics that The Telegraph describes as “terribly prescient”: “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed.”
If Ukraine wins, next year’s competition would, at least in theory, take place in Kyiv.
“It is so important for our country to achieve victories in every aspect,” said Oleh Psiuk, founding member of the Kalush Orchestra BBC. “So if we win, it’s another opportunity to show Ukraine to the world, remind people of Ukraine and boost morale across the country.”
Meanwhile, Timur Miroshnychenko – the nation’s presenter for Eurovision – commented on last night’s semifinals from a bomb shelter, noted metro.
Meanwhile, Russia has been banned from participating in this year’s competition, as organizers felt the country’s presence would “bring the competition into disrepute” after the country’s invasion of Ukraine and “an event promoting European unity and cultural exchange” could pollute.
That i news The site noted that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – which organizes the competition – has previously attempted to keep politics out of the experience, meaning its decision to “uninvite Russia” is “arguably the closest to the political point of view.” “. .
Paul Jordan, a British Eurovision pundit and pundit who once worked behind the scenes at the competition, said mass boycott threats made the EBU realize Russia’s position was “unsustainable”.
The Year of the United Kingdom?
As for the UK, they are hoping to improve on their recent form: they received a zero score last year and have finished bottom five times in the last 20 years.
Things could be different this year, however, as Sam Ryder, chosen by the management agency behind Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey, is a hot tip to success with his opening song spaceman.
Before Ryder was selected to take part in Eurovision, he had made a name for himself on TikTok by sharing covers of hit songs – along with his own original music – during lockdown The Independent.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/culture/music/956702/how-eurovision-will-play-out-amid-ukraine-war How Eurovision will unfold in the midst of the Ukraine war