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Ukraine sings victory at Eurovision 2022

TURIN (EFE) .- It is not the victory that Ukraine most wants to sing, but the triumph of the band Kalush Orchestra with their song “Stefania” last night at Eurovision 2022 was not only musical but also moral and in the media important , a slap in the face with a glove target of the European people for Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy. “Help Ukraine!” the sextet demanded after their performance and before collecting the coveted glass microphone at the Olympic Palace in Turin, Italy, in an edition that has already made history by excluding Russia from the competition months ago due to the invasion of Ukrainian territory . Given the circumstances, it was a feat for the band to meet the deadlines of an unexpected candidacy and having to prepare remotely, sheltered in various territories, in addition to being granted special permission to leave their country, which one of the members failed to get permission to do , so it had to be replaced. With all this, the occasion is the song “Stefania”, conceived as a simple tribute to the mother of the leader of the Kalush orchestra, but after the conflict began and due to this particular note of folk mixed with hip hop and electronic, it took on the nature of the Singing for the absent parents and thus for the motherland. The call for peace has been present at the Eurovision 2022 final since it kicked off at 9pm in the famous Piazza San Carlo with a reinterpretation of “Give Peace A Chance” written by John Lennon half a century ago against another war raging on Vietnam, composed . Laura Pausini, who acted as the sparkling co-moderator of the show alongside Mika and the “showman” Alessandro Cattalan, returned to the microphone from the Olympia Pala to interpret a selection of her hits. With Czechs We Are Domi’s infectious EDM “Lights Off”, the contest began with a much more dynamic first half and some of the main contenders for the win, such as Italy’s Mahmood, who returned after finishing second in 2019 in the hand of the emotional “Brividi” and her colleague Blanco to stage a necessary sentimental you-to-you between two men. Hurricane Chanel followed with a fan, trumpet fanfare and bullfighter jacket designed by Palomo Spain to expand on the Spanish cliché but in an explosive performance, with a contemporary Latin sound and imagined by choreographer Kyle Hanagami, a character collaborator like Jennifer Lopez. And so the artist of Cuban descent broke “hips and hearts” with her “SloMo”, her smile and her impossible turns in a place that vibrated with her performance. There was little need to wait for Ukraine, who from the start were favorites in bets on the wave of European solidarity following the Russian invasion. “Please help Ukraine, Mariúpol and Azovstal,” the leader of the Kalush Orchestra sextet demanded at the end of the song “Stefania,” a message to help the group of soldiers holed up in this steel mill and who, because of their political nature, strictly forbidden according to the rules of the festival. The second part of the competition, more poetic, was monopolized by ballads, the dominant trend of this edition of the festival, which was also characterized by its chaotic organization (as evidenced by the gigantic “kinetic sun” on the stage that never worked as it should) . A few countries stood out in this area, including Greek Amanda Tenfjord with Die Together and Swede Cornelia Jakobs with Hold Me Closer, another big contender for victory with an intimate opening theme and ascending progression that won many followers. If there was a beneficiary in the second part due to the lack of agile topics and due to its position shortly before the vote, then it was “Space Man” by the British Sam Ryder. His high-pitched tones, long blond hair and blue eyes, the charismatic presence of that already-famous “Tiktoker,” and a melody and guitar riff that pays homage to Queen and Elton John did the rest for the start. In the midst of the race for victory, the beloved Eurovision of extravagant proposals provided some new characters for the story, like the Romanian WRS and its chorus in Spanish (“Hello, my baby / Call me, call me”) and above all, Serbian Marina Abramovich, Konstrakta, who literally washed her hands of her sanity in front of an entourage of priests. The votes did not disappoint again. It quickly became clear that Spain and the United Kingdom would be fighting for the title. In fact, Ryder is at the top with 283 points, followed by Sweden (258), Spain (231) and Ukraine (192), which are pretty far from the top. The audience gave Ukraine the highest score in the televote, 439. With a total of 631 points already at the top, nobody could oust them and prevailed in a “Top 10” made up of the United Kingdom (466), Spain (459 ), Sweden (438), Serbia (312), Italy (268), Moldova (253), Greece (215), Portugal (207) and Norway (182). This is the third time Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest since their debut in 2003. Only a year later she won for the first time thanks to Ruslana and “Wild Dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala and “1944”, which violated the Russian government by restoring the historical episode of the deportation of Crimean Tatar minorities.

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