Ukrainians living in Ireland and across Europe celebrated tonight as their country qualified for the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest final.
kraine is the favorite for this year’s competition and last night his band, folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, took their first step on the road to stardom by making it through the first semi-final.
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Only 25 acts will advance to Saturday’s grand final, 10 of which will qualify tonight, while another 17 groups will face off in the second semi-final on Thursday night.
Anna Yemelianova arrived in Ireland a month ago and is living with a host family in Newbridge, Co Kildare with her five year old son Mikhail.
She said she was very proud of last night’s Ukrainian performance.
“We really liked her performance and her tenderness towards mothers. I expected they would have some of this in English but they decided to do everything in Ukrainian. The performance was a lot for Eurovision and it had our tunes and traditional clothes and I think people liked it,” she said.
“I liked the show and the song and many countries supported Ukraine with Ukrainian flags. The whole show was very good and many countries were at a good level.
“I wasn’t nervous for Ukraine, I was sure they would be in the final. I think we have a good chance of winning. We have a very good chance of winning.”
Ms. Yemelianova said that the Eurovision Song Contest is very popular in Ukraine, and this year in particular it distracted her from the war for a short time.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian artist Martisha Sea, who fled her home country a month ago and now lives in Galway with a couple who gave her a room, said painting and music are important when the world is going through such hardships.
She said she hopes the Ukrainian entry will win this year’s competition, but admits that it’s impossible to separate politics from the TV show as artists are always looking to what’s going on in the world for inspiration.
“I like Eurovision because it shows the cultures of different countries, but it also depends on the quality of the songs and musicians that represent certain countries,” she said.
“Definitely the Ukrainian group should win, Ukraine is a beautiful country with a deep and ancient culture that will be revealed thanks to the Eurovision participants.
“It’s impossible to avoid politics, as artists of every trend always reflect what is happening in the country, in their soul and in society as a whole. It is impossible to turn a blind eye to the brutal war that Russia launched by attacking Ukraine.”
Besides Ukraine, Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Moldova and the Netherlands made it through last night’s semifinals.
Tomorrow night Brooke Scullion of Ireland will fight for one of 10 spots to make it to the Grand Final.
Five acts – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – automatically qualify for Saturday’s final.
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