Ukrainians prepare for Eurovision 2022: “It gives us positive emotions and we discuss music instead of war”

Some Ukrainians in Ireland are preparing to watch the Eurovision Song Contest semifinals tonight as the country is the favorite to win by landslide.

nna 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.

The mother said the singing competition was very popular in Ukraine, so she was looking forward to seeing it and taking her mind off the war for a short while.

“I’m going to watch Eurovision. I like this song contest, it’s very popular in Ukraine,” she said.

“We always meet up with friends and watch it in a bar or at home. In Ukraine it is like vacation, you can come to any restaurant or bar and there is Eurovision on a big screen.”

Ms Yemelianova said she hopes her home country wins as she is a fan of his entry this year. Stefanie by the folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra.

“I think Ukraine can be a winner because of the political situation now, people all over the world support Ukraine, they want to show their sympathy to Ukraine,” she said.

“I never thought it was political, but we can’t forbid people to feel sympathy. I still think Eurovision is about music and people’s music preferences.

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“I always agree with the results and Ukraine always shows very good results. We held the competition twice in Kyiv because of our amazing singers.”

Ukrainian artist Martisha Sea fled her homeland a month ago and is now living in Galway with a couple who have given her a room.

She said art, be it painting or music, is important when the world is going through such hardships and she hopes to spread her message to the people of Ireland by attending gallery showcases.

She currently sells her art online through her Instagram (@Martina_in_the_sea) and her Etsy shop, but she wants to get involved with artist initiatives in Galway to showcase her images.

The artist 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 for inspiration about what’s going on in the world.

“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 any direction 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.”

In tonight’s semifinals, 17 countries, including Ukraine, will be battling it out for one of 10 spots in Saturday’s final.

Tomorrow Ireland will compete against 17 other countries for one of 10 places in the final with our entry this is rich by Brooke. Ukrainians prepare for Eurovision 2022: “It gives us positive emotions and we discuss music instead of war”

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