Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the 66th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night in Turin. Switzerland, represented by Appenzell Marius Bear, finished in 17th place.
The Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stephanie” mixes hip-hop and traditional music, scored 631 points, ahead of Britain’s Sam Ryder with the title “Space Man” (466 points) and Spanish singer Chanel with “Slo Mo” (459 points).
Following the election of the jury in 12th place, the Swiss participant Marius Bear failed in a public vote. The audience gave him zero points, as well as his song “Boys Do Cry” (“Boys Cry”). With 78 points, Switzerland finished 17th, which is a better place than bookmakers had predicted.
The last place this year was taken by Germany with six points. France – the last.
The third victory
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said on Facebook.
This is Ukraine’s third victory in this competition since 2004 and especially in 2016 – two years after Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Crimean peninsula – with Jamala and the title “1944”, a song about the deportation of Tatars. Stalin.
As in the two semifinals organized this week in Turin, the arena of the Olympic Palace in the capital of Piedmont (northwestern Italy) swept the influx of blue and yellow flags of the country under fire from the Russian army. where 25 finalists performed.
“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal, Kalush Orchestra vocalist Oleh Psyuk called on the stage and received a standing ovation. Political messages at Eurovision are banned altogether, but organizers have said Ukraine will not be disqualified for the remarks.
“We understand the deep feelings around Ukraine in this context and believe that the comments of the Kaluga Orchestra and other artists who express their support for the Ukrainian people are more humanitarian than political,” the European Union said. Radio and Television (EBU), event organizer.
The EMU excluded Russia from the competition the day after Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine received the highest score of 12 points from several former Soviet republics or countries: Poland, the European country that has received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war, Moldova, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania. .
At six o’clock on the stage, members of the Ukrainian group, all of combat age, used a temporary permit issued by the Kyiv government, but will have to return home to take up arms as soon as the competition is over. One of them remained in the country.
“A member of the group joined the territorial defense of Kyiv on the third day of the war,” singer Oleg Psyuk told AFP before Saturday’s final. “We are very worried about him, we hope to find him safe and sound when we return.”
Eurovision in Mariupol?
According to Eurovision rules, the next contest is to take place in Ukraine, which, according to Oleg Psuk, will be “a new, integral, developed and prosperous Ukraine.”
According to Volodymyr Zelensky, Eurovision 2023 should be held in the “free, peaceful and rebuilt” city of Mariupol. According to Kyiv, Mariupol, a strategic port city in Ukraine, is still being heavily bombed by Russians.
European Council President Charles Michel told him he wanted Eurovision 2023 to be held “in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine”, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen reminded: “The EU is with you”.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson congratulated the victory, which reflects the “unwavering support” of Europe together with Ukraine.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats / afp