The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Ukraine, who have chosen Kalush Orchestra with “Stefania”.
What did we make of the entry? Read on to find out!
Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” (Ukraine Eurovision 2022)
Review: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania”
Renske: When “Stefania” first came out, it was clear that the song would be a favourite at Eurovision, if and when it were to represent Ukraine. The fusion of folk and rap was well thought out, the lyrics are fitting. Transmitting the image of a caring mother from a child’s perspective, Kalush Orchestra chose a story that will stay fresh and current. The song is more universal than the group’s earlier work, which was a smart choice from Ukraine’s broadcaster. This is not simply one of the best songs in this contest, it is one of the best songs in the history of recent contests.
Natalie: Ukraine coming to the contest is alone a massive achievement, but I don’t get winner vibes here. It’s a solid song that combines Ukrainian folk music and modern hip-hop, but doesn’t do much for me. I don’t know what I’m missing. I love those qualities usually, but not like this. I’m sure it’ll go off and the Ukrainian folk influences will be a storm in Turin, but it’s not personally speaking to me. Worthy winner and massive, massive respect if they can manage it though, for sure.
Luis: Let’s be clear from the beginning: “Stefania” would be a contender to win Eurovision under any circumstance. This song is so unique, so powerful and so well produced that it would give Ukraine a good result in any year. It rides on the wave of folk inspiration that “Shum” started, but departs completely from its predecessor. Mama Stefania can definitely be proud!
Oliver: Kalush Orchestra frontman Tymofii Muzychuk has a lovely timbre to his voice, but it needs some fine tuning. The lead vocal on “Stefania” is extremely strained, and in the live performance he consistently fails to hit the high note in the chorus. Nevertheless, the track has an earworm quality with its catchy melodies, and the visuals will catch the eye of any unsuspecting viewer. A furry pink bucket hat? Only in a Ukrainian Eurovision entry. Objectively, lots of polishing is required; logically, that’s unlikely to happen. Regardless, the world needs to see Kalush Orchestra in the final — strong, proud, and ready to represent their culture.
Jonathan: Ukraine has a wide-ranging music industry, and this is showcased wonderfully through Kalush Orchestra’s fusion of folk and rap. The dynamism between the two makes “Stefania” a compelling track from the start, providing the peaks and troughs needed to keep viewers engaged (though the ending could have done with an added peak/trough, as 40 seconds of the instrumental refrain maybe gets a bit repetitive). Based solely on the music, a top-placing finish for Kalush Orchestra and Ukraine would be rightfully earned.
Ukraine Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.66/10
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