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Ukraine’s Eurovision 2022 entry Kalush Orchestra will be able to travel to Turin for the contest in May. The Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne announced the news on their official Instagram account. Next to that, they are also allowed to leave the country for a promo tour.

Previously, the Eurovision organisers had agreed to exempt Ukraine from the requirement to record a live-on-tape performance.

Kalush Orchestra permitted to leave Ukraine for Eurovision

Ever since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the musicians have not been able to perform together and prepare for the contest. They have been helping the Ukrainian population in different ways, through voluntary work and participation in Kyiv’s territorial defence. 

Naturally, questions arose about whether Kalush Orchestra would be able to participate in the contest. Not only due to the devastation of the war, but also because of Ukraine’s imposed material law, which makes it impossible for men to leave the country (women and children are permitted to leave). However, the six members of the group have received permission from the state authorities to leave Ukraine for their performance in Turin.

 
 
 
 
 
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Kalush Orchestra perform “Stefania” in Lviv

On Saturday, the six-piece group reunited in Lviv, one of the biggest cities of Western Ukraine. Ever since the start of the war, many residents from bombarded areas have sought refuge in the town. 

On the city’s main square, Kalush Orchestra delivered a rendition of their Eurovision 2022 song “Stefania”. This marked the first public performance of the song since they participated in Ukraine’s preselection back in early February. 

After the performance, lead singer Oleh Psiuk said that the performance in Lviv was meant as an in-person rehearsal. Prior to it, they had only been able to rehearse online. Fans will also note that the group now has a new backing rapper.

 
 
 
 
 
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Kalush Orchestra to embark on a tour prior to Eurovision

As Oleh noted, on 3 April, the group will announce dates for a set of performances abroad. Suspilne wrote on their official Instagram

“Kalush Orchestra have agreed to participate in promotional concerts before Eurovision. The band intends to gather donations to support Ukraine. The details of the promotional tour and events that Kalush Orchestra will participate in will be announced in the coming days.”

“‘We want to show the world community Ukrainian music, our spirit and how unbreakable we are. We really need support in this difficult time,’ the band says.”

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Bella
Bella
1 month ago

If they can make it to Turin, I think Ukraine will open the grand final.

Ritoli
Ritoli
1 month ago

They in Israel right now and they will be there for 5 days in hotel and will be in “Israel Calling”.

Jesse O’Rourke
Jesse O’Rourke
1 month ago

LOL

Bernard
Bernard
1 month ago

GUYS!! Can you please pay attention to Kalush’s treatment of the vocalist? He instructed him to wrap himself into a rubbish back and stay away feom the camera, so that the poor guy doean’t stand out in any way. This is an appaling behaviour and some Ukrainian comments are pointing this out, but sadly there are no comments from any foreigners. I urge you to shame him for this awful treatment of his “band colleagues” in the comments. The guy is not representing Ukraine, he is seeking to only represent himself, and make this performance all about himself. Please support… Read more »

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernard

I don’t think it’s poor treatment per say and just an artistic choice. Think of it like SIA with her giant wig shrouding her face. In fact, aside from the vocalist, we don’t even know how the rest of the band looks like.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernard

He’s not a child, if the guy wouldn’t feel comfortable to perform in this costume he wouldn’t do it. It’s a grown a*s man that decided that he’s cool with appearing that way. Why you assume he’s a baby that’s doing it against his will?

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernard

It’s an artistic choice to make the cutie in the pink hat stand out more.

In the NF it looked like the flautist was the main singer and not the cutie. The cutie was almost like a guest brought in to do just the rap.

This makes the cutie more prominent and makes it clearer the cutie is the frontman of the band.

Bella
Bella
1 month ago
Reply to  Bernard

I urge you to shame him in the comments”… Wow, talk about internet toxicity right here lol.

Clare
Clare
1 month ago

Everybody is talking about them getting mostly pity votes, but the song is actually good so I think people will definitely vote for them because of the song. Also in 1993 Croatia came 15th, Bosnia & Herzegovina came 16th and Slovenia came 22nd which suggests in the past that juries haven’t given pity votes.

TheDrMistery
TheDrMistery
1 month ago
Reply to  Clare

Jury won’t do that again but televoters will.

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago
Reply to  Clare

The war in Balkans as bad as it was didn’t have media coverage, the same way as we do today. Wars and conflicts are having more social effects and impact because of technology. Mobile smart phones, tick tock, instagram and facebook etc didn’t exist back then. Ukraine will run away with the win this year, not just because of solidarity and support for Ukraine, but also because the song is very good. Expect the highest points ever for a win! Jury and Telelvoting.

AF32
AF32
1 month ago

I don’t care who wins this year. It’s all a loss for Europe. Russia is grabbing you by the balls and cutting off the blood supply with gas/oil/nuke threats. They have so much power over you. Looks like they win ESC (at least, that’s what their media will say).

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  AF32

Russia worth nothing without the natural resources that were on its territory by luck, and they will end eventually. Russians did not evolve their economy beyond digging in the ground and they will suffer the consequences. Europe will find alternatives, and mighty Russia will be stuck with its resources than nobody will be buying.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

If Ukraine wins, which country will host Eurovision 2023?

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

They usually suggest the honors to the 2nd place, then if the country who came 2nd declines, they pretty much open it for any country. I guess a country with no financial or logistical problems that can organize the event with minimum effort will be chosen.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Ukraine providing the war is over.
Lviv hasn’t been touched, Kyiv city centre hasn’t been touched only the suburbs.
Providing the war ends soon, as in, this side of summer, I don’t see why Ukraine can’t host.

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Who said it is over? Our president told us it is far from the end actually. It just moves to the East of Ukraine

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Mariia

I didn’t say it was, I said Ukraine could host providing the war is over.

Laurin
Laurin
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

But even if they do, the EBU has a say as well.
And I don´t think they want Ukraine tohost under such circumstances

Esc41
Esc41
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

Even if the war in Ukraine ends I don’t think they should host Eurovision next year… The country needs first to recover from this war and not organising such expensive big events.. After all, if they win they just have the first refusal… Any other country from Europe can host the contest with maybe the cooperation of the Ukrainian broadcaster

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc41

And what if a fat cat with deep pockets picks up the entire tab for the expenses in hosting the contest in Ukraine?

Esc41
Esc41
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

It’s still a no… Yea that’s right that a person with a deep pocket could put the whole budget for the hosting but believe me I don’t think that Ukraine would mind to host Eurovision by the time they have to first build up their country again.. And EBU wouldn’t surely like to move Eurovision in an unsafe place

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Esc41

That’s what happens if Australia wins too. An European country will be selected and the Australian broadcaster will just become the co-host (whatever that means).

Laurin
Laurin
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

But they don´t have the finances for Eurovision because they have to build up the country again.
I highly doubt that Ukraine hosts Eurovision in the next 3 years.
AND they EBU doesn´t want to go to such an unsafe country.

Eurovision 2023 will either be in the runner up´s coutry or in the UK

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Kyiv is still safer, even today, than Malmo, so Kyiv 2023 will be fine.

Rebekkadel
Rebekkadel
1 month ago

I played this song for my very danish boyfriend who is usually highly critic of Eurovision songs in general. HE LOVES IT, not because it’s Ukranian, but because it’s a freaking bop. He will probably vote for them in May, not out of pity, but because it’s good.

Allaine
Allaine
1 month ago

Good luck guys!

Baby Grogu
1 month ago

I wonder if people would say Alina would win because of pity votes… I think she would have won (because “Tini zabutykh predkiv” is undeniably masterpiece), but Kalush will probably end up 2nd, 3rd, top 5 anyway (maybe televote winners, but the juries will do their part as always). In any case, I actually really like “Stefania” and wish them and whole Ukraine all the luck??

hqckk
hqckk
1 month ago

Why are some people so surprised that the artists who were chosen to represent their country are allowed to represent their country? Is it because you don’t want them to win because of pity votes? great, that’s already the case. They’ll win the televote. Awesome. Juries will make or break. Have a cry if you don’t like the song. Europe won’t hear you wail. There isn’t a standout song this year anyway, so if Ukraine win so what? Your little favourite song will do well im sure. How about we celebrate each song and the competition that brings us together… Read more »

Aaljan
Aaljan
1 month ago
Reply to  hqckk

I don’t want them to win because they carried on like a bunch of sht cn ts after Vidbir, they suck, their song sucks, and you suck as a like minded sh t cnt, gtfoh.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  hqckk

I don’t think the juries will matter. They televote for Ukraine will be so big that the juries could give them next to nothing and they would still win. And that’s ok.

Laurin
Laurin
1 month ago
Reply to  Catriona

I don´t think Ukraine will win the televote only because of their situation.
People don´t care about politics while watching Eurovision.
At least I don´t see anyone be like “oh, I really like the Greek song! But Ukraine is in war. So I vote for Ukraine”:
Eurovision doesn´t work like that.
Ukraine can win the televote! But because of the SONG.
No one saw Go-A being second in televote. And this year they have the better song

Erik
Erik
1 month ago

At the start of the invasion, Ukrainians commented here saying the group would be excepted from the laws to be able to participate. It became very clear that this was the case. After that only followed a lot of announcements of “maybe”. The members were part of interviews. Wiwibloggs have reported a lot about them. Everyday newspapers as well. Now they will even participate in the promotional activities. The band was always part of the Ukrainian propaganda. Their song was played in propaganda videos. And they were always supposed to participate in the Eurovision. Because it’s a big window to… Read more »

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik

So many useless thoughts in this busy head of yours. The country is dealing with an actual fu**ing existential threat but you think that they spent so much time and energy on an evil plan to win Eurovision. What the actual f**king f**k. Like really, how does your twisted thought process works?

Erik
Erik
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Yes. They’re at war. But they can send these men (who cannot leave Ukraine) to ESC. Why do think Zelenskyy has spoken on the congress of about every European nation? His country is at war, shouldn’t he focus on defending his country? There is a clear strategy from Ukraine to make sure they have European support. There is a clear difference between that Ukrainian band from the country at war that will participate anyway and the same band that MAYBE cannot participate because of the war. Even if you’re in battle you will need a break. The same person cannot… Read more »

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 month ago
Reply to  Erik

And if you want to know more…watch RT.

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago

I think this is the good news people have been waiting for and I’m glad that they’ll be able to come to Turin.

Pancake
Pancake
1 month ago
Reply to  Pancake

Also, to the people who are going to cry “Oh ThEy’Ll WiN bEcAusE oF PiTy PoiNTs”: blah blah blAH YOUR NEEDS! You people NEED to shut up, grab a chair and sit down. Even if it doesn’t win, there will be people who are going to vote for it because they genuinely like the song. NOT. EVERY. THING. IS. ABOUT. PITY!

Aaljan
Aaljan
1 month ago
Reply to  Pancake

Btch the song is bad, the singer cannot sing live, and if they win its because of pity votes, FACTS, st fu

Marina
Marina
1 month ago

As a Ukrainian, I can truly say that many, many of people in our country like eurovision so much. We are always looking forward to it. And participating in it will distract many people and cheer up. Many of us are in eurovision chats and discussions. But the same we see so many angry or dissapointing comments about pity votes. We dont want them! Why we shoud refuse from the contest? Are we quilty? Our song is not political, it isn’t about the war, its not even a sad ballad. We chose a cheerful dancing song… If you don’t like… Read more »

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

I wish you all that your problems in life will conclude with the fact that Ukraine is going to gather “too many pity points”. What a bunch of horrific and detached people. Take your heads out of your little a from time to time, there are much bigger issues than that, and nothing, absolutely NOTHING will happen to your life if Ukraine wins.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

I guess some people have placed bets that countries other than Ukraine is going to win instead and they are upset with the potential loss lol.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago

But they forget that the contest is in Italy, and Mahmood almost won in his last participation in 2019. His presence could very well help Italy hold the line and win again. For those who bet on Italy, I’d keep that bet. They don’t send trainwrecks.

hqckk
hqckk
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Ah yes, all the Italians that can vote for Mahmood. Very familiar with them.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  hqckk

I’m talking mostly about the people outside of Italy who placed bets on Mahmood and Blanco. As far as voting is concerned, home turf still has its benefits (influence based on audience response following a home-turf contenders performance) even though the home-turf viewers can’t vote for them.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Please check how well the home entries ended up doing during the past years. I don’t know what “home turf benefits” you’re talking about. It seems more like a curse than a benefit.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  Ana

Doesn’t always have to be that way. Germany ( 2011), Azerbaijan (2013), Denmark (2014) and Sweden (2016) have the most recent top-10 finishes the year after winning. And Italy’s recent record tells me they will add another, EASILY.

aer
aer
1 month ago

rme what’s even the point of this year’s contest if ukrane is gonna ride the wave of pity votes to the top. it’s basically rigged in their favor, even juries will feel pressured to give them points to avoid looking bad. their entry isn’t even top 10 material. the entire thing looks and sounds like Simple Jack, a bunch of poorly dressed people howling mooomoo stefaniaaaaa and looking like they just escaped the nearest mental asylum.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

I also don’t want them to win due to pity, but your comment absolutely disgusting.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

It’s not pity, it’s solidarity. Big difference.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

You’re kind of a jerk

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

ESC will become like Belarus elections : winner declared before it happens.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

So Belarus should be reinstate.

Piet
Piet
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Russian troll alert!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

For someone who hates the entry, you’re just pointing out how visually unique it is and and you can also recognise its hook. I guess, Ukraine possibility of winning without the sympathy votes don’t seem very far-fetched. ????

hqckk
hqckk
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

have a cry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! nobody cares about your opinion so don’t complain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

Your c*nt hurts, we get it. But it is YOUR personal problem, not anybody else’s.

Clare
Clare
1 month ago
Reply to  aer

They’re saying mamo Stefania which means mother Stefania.

meri
meri
1 month ago

Nice!! 😀 Good luck, boys!!

Ria NL
Ria NL
1 month ago

I am happy for them and wish them a lot of luck

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

It was the reasonable thing to do. Of course they’re doing the best to help their country from the ground with more practical activities, but they will also help a lot by participating of a big international competition to show everybody that Ukraine and their culture are still alive and strong. It will be great to boost the national morale and to keep the rest of the world paying attention to their situation and hopefully trying to help.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
1 month ago

I’m so so happy for them. The ukrainian people so have something to look forward to and them being able to promote the song. As for winning? Rap isn’t for everyone, but the chorus is catchy AF and the melody will have people up and dancing. I think this will be enough to drown out any pity votes.

Sasha
1 month ago

Stop freaking arguing about Kalush winning only because of the current situation. It’s a contest and it have to be fare. I’m from Ukraine and I don’t want the war to influence the result, noone want, it just won’t be interesting to watch.

12points
12points
1 month ago

I dont think Ukraine will win only because pity votes arent a real thing, do yall remember Russia 2018 or Poland 2015

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  12points

Unless the public naturally gravitates towards the song and the juries are the ones to give them pity points (Or give them points to make themselves look good) and make them win. Similarly to what happened in 2016.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago
Reply to  12points

Kalush Orchestra is in a COMPLETELY different position than Monika Kuszynska and Julia Samoylova. The chance is there, but I think if they won’t win, that won’t be the key argument

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

If we judge only by looking at the song (and even a performance) it is very difficult to see Ukraine being in top 10 this year. But, obviously, we all know that current political situation IS going to boost their final rank, so they might be placed very high thanks to that reason only.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Yes and Ukraine usually stages their entries VERY well, so there’s that as well. Still, the reply I wrote was meant as an indicator that the ‘pity votes’ Monika and Julia got were not because of politics, whereas with Kalush Orchestra it very well could, and will

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Stop saying it’s a political situation, it’s an invasion and a humanitarian crisis.

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

Now that Ukraine’s Kalush participating live , Italian lover boys and emotinal Swedish lady can cry because Ukraine’s so winning this.
Well , probably they will not able to host it so the runner up will be the host. This is the only thing Italians or Swedes can be happy about.(Not sure Italy would accept it tho.)

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  raylee

Looking at the bright side if this can avoid Sweden winning.

raylee
raylee
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

Well , my corncern about this was their participation because i don’t think a live-on tape recorded in Lviv would win Eurovision.And that problem is not the case anymore.
I am sure Ukraine will storm at televoting but juries can stop them. Also the televoting can stop Sweden , if these two possibilities occur at the same time , it will benefit Italy
There are a few scenarios and i wonder how it will end…

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  raylee

If the televote is big enough, the juries can’t stop them.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  raylee

All of you DO realize that in a case of Ukraine winning the contest, the runner-up will be the most likely host? Ukraine now needs all the resources to defend themselves, and then to re-build their country, so the chances of also financing ESC are not big. It’s just not a priority, nor it should be. So, it also matters who ends-up second just as much.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

I don’t think that’s how it would work. It should be opened up to any broadcaster that wants it, or is best able for it. It costs so much money, the EBU shouldn’t pressure a broadcaster when they have not even won.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It hasn’t happened in over forty years, but it did happen three times in the 1970s. It never went to the country who came second.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

The EBU would likely follow what happened in 2015 at Junior Eurovision when Italy declined to host after winning in 2014 so the runner-up Bulgaria did

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Maybe, but that is a completely different thing, with far less interest.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Of course, it’s not the only option, but it’s the most likely, especially if the runner-up is a big country like Sweden or Italy.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

We can also hope that if they do win….the war hopefully will be over so that Kyiv can host as normal, or Lviv …all depending on infrastructure of course. If the war ends in the coming months I do g see why not. EBU should of course plan a back up host (which I think they do anyway every other year) but initially plan for Ukraine to host. Depending on infrastructure damage (though central Kyiv seems to have escaped much of the destruction thus far) I don’t see why they can’t host. They’ll need the money generated from hosting it… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Darren

I hope that all you are saying is true. I hope that the war is over tomorrow. However, I doubt that they’ll have time, energy, and resources to put full on in ESC, when so many building need to be rebuilt, and so many people need their homes back. Of course, if they somehow find the resources, and decide to host, it would be a fantastic thing.

Lambert
Lambert
1 month ago

i hope they will win. It feels right. It’s not only about the best song this year.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago
Reply to  Lambert

What’s the point of competing in that case, why should other delegations bother coming?

Lambert
Lambert
1 month ago
Reply to  Pete

We are talking from two different viewpoints. You are prioritizing an honest contest, while I was expressing feelings of solidarity. Both views are plausible in my option.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Lambert

So because we’re expressing feelings of solidarity towards Ukraine, they should win the biggest musical contest in the world and have the efforts of 39 other countries flush down the toilet. No. Absolutely not. Winning due to pity is not really winning.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Ukraine won’t win, very easy prediction. They will only break in top 10, despite not having a song/performance good enough for that, so there you have it. Pity top 10 score, and nothing more, nothing less, that’s what we’ll probably get to see

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

I’m inclined to believe the same, but I’m still concerned some Juries will go overboard.
But yes, you are most likely right.
Can’t wait until the rehearsals! Any idea when they start? Third or fourth week of April?

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

I think you are massively underestimating the televote score. It’s going to be huge.

Lambert
Lambert
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I believe in individual freedom. A vote is a vote, and each individual has the freedom to motivate it the the way the individual seems fit.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

First of all, Eurovision fades into insignificance in the face of of war. The people of Europe can vote for whatever reason they want. That is the point. If they want Ukraine to win, who the hell are you to tell them they can’t? If Ukraine win, you don’t get decide whether they are worthy winners or not.

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago

Given that they’re representing Ukraine and the fact that it’s a considerable source of soft power for Ukraine, I’m not surprised they were allowed to go to Turin. I’m surprised they got an exemption for the promotional tour though.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

Great that they’re performing at Eurovision BUT simply shouldn’t win.. Because it’s just not the best song this year.. Wish them peace above all.. Winning in Turin won’t change a ffing thing

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

Positive vibes is what we’ll get regardless of the results like how Bosnia and Croatia were in the 1990’s.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Robert

If the public decide they should win, then they will. This is bigger than Eurovision. It won’t hurt the integrity of the contest.

And about it not being the best song this year? That is purely your opinion. Many people love it. And people can vote however they want, for whatever reason they want.

Hello hi
Hello hi
1 month ago

If they win on being the best entry then fine. But I’m afraid most votes will be because of current situation. It will put the hosting of next years contest into disarray. Will one of the big 5 have to pick up the tab ?

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Weren’t they 2nd or 3rd on the bookies’ boards a month BEFORE the invasion? They had the potential to win before this mess.

Hello hi
Hello hi
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Why become defensive over it ? I’m stating a fact. It’s currently not the strongest entry musically.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

The “not-the-strongest entry musically” won a few years ago and Ukraine this year has a fantastic entry.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Defensive? What defensive? I just started hearing every song in this contest for the VERY first time THIS weekend; and my theory, after hearing the Kalush Orchestra is that, whatever they lack in singing prowess, they will likely make up for with their STAGE performance. Does it mean they’ll win? Not necessarily, but a good song,, a good stage performance and a lot of goodwill go a long way toward keeping them in the game. By the way, I have yet to finish with the audios; but so far, I have Cornelia from Sweden ahead of them. I will watch… Read more »

Nono
Nono
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Actually they were 7th

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

If the juries put Stefania in the top 3, we will all know it’s purely for political reasons. There is no way they’d rank Stefania that well otherwise.

Mirko
Mirko
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Ukraine was one of the favourite after Alina’s winning perfomance; when she declined to represent her country Ukraine dropped to 7th position by the bookies.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Mirko

Songs have won from further back than that in the bookies odds before.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Never mind. They were 10th or 11th exactly a month before the invasion. They jumped to 2nd two weeks before the invasion.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Vidbir was only twelve days before the invasion. We only knew it was definitely going to be Stefania just two days before the invasion. Being 10th or 11th a month before doesn’t tell us much, if anything.

Kim
Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Wasn’t it Alina Pash until just one week before the invasion?

zelenovi
zelenovi
1 month ago
Reply to  Hello hi

This is such a useless thing to speculate about right now. Let’s just get them to Turin, have them perform in person and give them the chance to demonstrate that Ukraine is still alive and fighting.

And IF they win (which is just the bookies talking at the moment), I’m sure some there’s enough goodwill out there for a few big broadcasters to sit down together and work something out.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago
Reply to  zelenovi

So far, Lviv has been relatively untouched, compared to parts eastward. If it remains that way, and they force a general retreat by the enemy (thus ending the war) before winter returns, and they win this year’s ESC, they could quite possibly still host the contest next year in Lviv.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago

I’m so happy for them.
I believe they can do a lot of good for their country with pre eurovision concerts and help raise funds for Ukraine!

raylee
raylee
1 month ago

Kalush to win Eurovision 2022 maybe??

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

I would honestly prefer it if they were able to record their performance or go to a country like Poland for the finals. I’m not sure how they were able to do something like this but it shows how high calliber Eurovision is and how the Ukrainian government see it as a chance to spread their message.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

They should be free to come to Torino same as anybody else, I don’t understand your thinking.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

He’s a Russian troll don’t mind him

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

This is FANTASTIC! Best of luck to Kalush Orchestra on their journey to Torino and in Torino!

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

I really don’t want them to get a pity win, but it will be incredibly emotional to watch them perform in Torino.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

It will be a continent standing shoulder to shoulder and sending a statement. That is not a pity vote.

matte
matte
1 month ago

Isn’t it totally absurd that women can normally leave the country, while men have to ask for an exemption?

Licko
Licko
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

Ask the feminists 😉

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

It’s a war. Everything is absurd.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

Women’s role for nurture and care for children and elderly is vital. Someone must take care of them. They are protecting themselves and their own albeit outside the country!! A country is made by places and people!!

Men of certain ages (young adults and adults) are stronger than women and they are equipped with skills different than women. Also, there are women too who choose to stay and defend their country.

So no, there is a logic to all of it under those exceptional circumstances that no country in the world should ever know!!!

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

It’s a war. Men do their part and women do theirs. And those women who wish to stay to help to fight, they are also appreciated.

Womens job of taking care of children is just as important, someone has to do it, so they have every right to leave the country.

And even me as a feminist(but not to extreme), realize that women and men are not built the same phsyically. Men are most of the time stronger, its a fact.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

It’s not just a woman’s job. It’s a parent’s job, male or female.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

That comes without saying.
But if one of the parents has to stay to fight for the country, it should be the person who makes a better soldier.

Heartbreaking either way. Wars are not fair…

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Sometimes

Most of the fighting they do has very little to do with strength. Women could do it to, with the correct training. And why shouldn’t some if the guys leave and take care of the kids if their female partner wants to fight?

As long as these things are getting done, then gender doesn’t matter.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

It seems like the delegation made the appeal, not the men of Kalush as this is ultimately the responsibility of the broadcaster themselves.

AF32
AF32
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

What would you do with the children? OK, men and women stay; kids, you are on your own?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

Women can’t leave the country normally either. Nobody can. They don’t just hop on the first flight or train, they might need to travel for days and then queue for a long time. They’re refugees. That’s not normal.

Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  matte

Reports from Ukraine say that both men and women can participate in an active army duty or in other types of service, such as providing food, news, care of the elderly and children, ect. As it should be, as gender shouldn’t determine one’s role in crisis. Being a soldier or a civilian should be an option equally possible for everyone. Legally discriminating people based on body parts (especially when it comes to life-altering decisions) will re-open Pandora’s box of other dated gender-based laws, as well as harm trans and NB people in the process. As for not allowing most men… Read more »

Licko
Licko
1 month ago

The chorus guy is fine, but the pink hat guy is super annoying.

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

Delighted!
These guys are my winners and not just because of current events (though that has probably played a part too) but the song is incredibly catchy, find myself humming it during my day before realizing that it’s Kalush.
Incredible mix of traditional folk and contemporary rap, a celebration of modern Ukraine, just as they did last year with folk and dance, showing us all that there is a place in modern world for Ukrainian identity and song.
Slava Ukraini!

Doris
Doris
1 month ago

Just cancel the show and give them the trophy. The irony is that they will dethrone Russia 2008 from the worst winning song of all time.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

or maybe you just don’t watch it, then it’s a win-win situation

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

A lot of people are saying this year’s line up is the worst. Whoever wins probably won’t be the “best winning song of all time”, I reckon.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Whoever says this year’s line-up is the worst hasn’t watched a Eurovision in their life. This is the best line-up since 1996, for my money. Barely a bad tune in the bunch.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

This! At least the best since 2012 imo. The diversity of sounds is amazing! Very few esc-manufactured songs. Countries are taking more risks now.

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

Without the war it would a 100% jury bottom 3

Doris
Doris
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

If 2018 Melovin finished dead last in the jury how could this song would have done much better

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

This is definitely better than Under the Ladder

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Doris

I reckon Melovin tanked with the jury due to his poor English and lack of “Big vocal moments” rather than Under The Ladder not being good.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Kinda? He had his vocal moment at the end. It was just a goofy song with unintelligible lyrics and over-the-top staging. It did exactly as well as I expected it to with the jury and televote.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jo.

There are so few songs I’d call “typically Eurovision.” Even just a few years ago, I never would’ve imagined hearing an entry like the Netherlands, Portugal, or Iceland at Eurovision. Countries are finally getting less afraid of embracing intimate songs.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Also listen to any of this year’s songs after watching 2001 or 2002 and see if your opinion changes.

Catriona
Catriona
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

Or maybe just have different opinions? For me this is the worst Eurovision since 2008. 2021 was amazing.

Cookie Nation
Cookie Nation
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

1996 or 1995 was probably Eurovision lowest point. Eurovision was so irrelevant back then that countries were bribing each other no exchange any points.

Yannis
Yannis
1 month ago

Maybe they will be in “Israel Calling”…

Sebas
Sebas
1 month ago

Quick heads up, pretty sure it’s martial law instead of material law. Otherwise very relieved to hear for them!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
1 month ago

This is awesome! A big thank you to the authorities for giving them the exemption.

Recently, I saw a video on Youtube of a outdoor concert held in Lviv which was abruptly disrupted by a loud air raid siren. Some people are critical about why people are having a good time during time of war when they should be hiding in the bunkers for safety. They’re wrong because music does have its own power to bring joy, comfort, and to motivate and unite people.

It’s more important than ever for Kalush Ochestra to join Eurovision.

Aria
Aria
1 month ago

Say what you will, Ukrainians have got style!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

I’m so happy for them ???

AF32
AF32
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Glad to hear their participation will occur. All of Europe (minus those nasty Russians f***ers) should be encouraging, even if the song does not appeal to you.