It’s confirmed: Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 with their song “Stefania”.
In a statement from broadcaster Suspilne, officials confirmed that the band that came second at Vidbir 2022 will be the Ukrainian flag bearers in Turin.
This comes 10 days after Vidbir took place. Kalush won the televote in the national selection, but ended up second as juries preferred Alina Pash’s “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”.
However, Pash was officially disqualified by Suspilne after sending the broadcaster forged documents related to her 2015 trip to Crimea.
Kalush: “We must reaffirm ourselves to the world”
It’s no secret that Ukraine’s political situation is incredibly delicate. The announcement of Kalush Orchestra as representatives came the day after Russia’s President Vladimir Putin recognised the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent countries and sent troops to both areas. This movement has been condemned as an invasion of Ukraine’s territory by a number of countries in Europe and by the United States.
In their statement, vocalist Oleh Psyuk addressed the situation: “In difficult times for our country, we must reaffirm ourselves to the world. That is why we are ready to present Ukraine with dignity to the whole of Europe.”
“We are grateful to everyone who supported us during the final of the National Selection for Eurovision 2022 and gave us first place in the SMS voting. We promise every Ukrainian that we will justify your choice”, he added.
The events leading to Kalush’s final confirmation has been full of drama, and it even led to the dismissal of Vidbir jury member and Suspilne’s former board member Yaroslav Lodygin. The Head of the broadcaster’s board also reacted, describing the technical difficulties in the show as “five minutes of shame.”
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