Ukraine Kalush Orchestra Stefania Eurovision 2022
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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra are back on the Turin PalaOlimpico stage today for Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals. They had another chance to polish their performance of “Stefania” ahead of their semi-final next week. Did the favourites live up to expectations? Let’s find out…

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra “Stefania” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal

Padraig: Given Ukraine’s high placement in the betting odds, this is possibly the most eagerly anticipated rehearsal of the day. And Kalush Orchestra didn’t disappoint. The collective injected their performance with flourishes of both national and regional heritage and culture. Given current events, that packs an extra emotional punch. There’s a lot going on on stage, between eclectic costumes and eyecatching LED. But everything remains cohesive. Sadly, the rainbow of doom is back to spoil the show. At one point, the back wall is dominated by a large face. But we’re only able to see the eyes thanks to the faulty stage. The three minutes end with the arena flooded in blue and yellow lights, matching the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

From the Ukrainian delegation:

The main message of the staging is unconditional mother’s love that revives the universe and gives life. Different symbolic images of the mothers are used on screens: the cosmic that gives life to everything on the Earth; the physical that gives birth and cares for her children; and the spiritual that protects and inspires us. 
 
“Stefania” staging shows bravery and the strength of Ukrainian spirit  as well as unique and rich culture that is under attack now. 
 
The stage costumes reinforce this message and pay tribute to Ukrainian roots. 
 
Lead vocalists of Kalush Orchestra are dressed in real Ukrainian historical costumes from the early 20th century: Oleh is wearing an authentic festive keptar, a vest from Hutsul, an ethnic group living in the Carpathian Mountains, and Tymofiy is in the full costume of the same traditional origin.  
 
The screen content is focused on the limitless universe, with its vast coldness and emptiness, but it becomes alive in the light of Kalush Orchestra’s motherland – Ukraine.
 
The core elements used on stage are mother’s eyes, filled with tears because of the lost spring, and her hands that protect the yellow-and-blue universe.

Reaction to Ukraine’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022

@wiwibloggs_official #Ukraine’s @KALUSH Orchestra take to the stage for their 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇺🇦 #ESC2022 #Stefania ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs

What do you think? Did Kalush Orchestra live up to your expectations? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Jim
Jim
1 month ago

Sorry, as much as i am an ardent fan of Ukraine and want them to survive and be done with this horrific war perpetrated by Russia, and as MUCH as i mourn the suffering of Ukrainians daily – i simply dislike this song profoundly. If you are all honest, 99% of you (aside from Ukrainians) will never listen to this song ever again. Sympathy and empathy are fantastic but they should not have led to this victory. Writing this from the USA so i have no interest in this or that country winning except the best song. This was, by… Read more »

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

If Ukraine truly wins, in which country and city will be held Eurovision 2023?

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Hopefully the war will be over by 2023, so that Ukraine can host it.

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

As a Ukrainian I can say that if there is even a little opportunity to host it in Ukraine we never give this up. There are still many cities which were not destroyed. And out representatives “Kalush” think the same way

Marina
Marina
1 month ago

This song is annoying but the staging is the best so far!

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
1 month ago

Winner alert. 🙂

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

I’m very interested to see where the EBU place Ukraine in the final. Number 2 ??

AllThingsNordic.eu
1 month ago

It’s emotional and it will resonate with people (and juries) for various reasons: artistically, politically, and emotionally. This might be the winner for all the above reasons. Same (kind of) situation as with Jamala (I loved her song and still listen to it today).

Sophia
Sophia
1 month ago

I think overall it’s a decent song worthy of a top-10 finish, as is often the case for Ukraine, but not a winner. I must say, I do like the part it showed where they all walk forward during the chorus, but there are other parts that just look too chaotic and messy

Tobi with an I
Tobi with an I
1 month ago

Top 5 for sure, but not the Winner.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I like parts of the staging, didn’t like others. The sun problems affect this one pretty badly.
I mean, obviously qualifying but still.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I can’t stand that dead kinetic sun. I can’t. I don’t and I won’t.

Dane
Dane
1 month ago

Stop saying Ukraine only will do well, because of the situation. This is so good!

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

The rainbow so doesn’t bother me the way it bothers a lot of people. The stage itself and the performances are impressive enough that it’s merely a bump in the road. Don’t try and sell me on it being some kind of catastrophe because I have yet to be convinced it is.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

A bump, but not a sinkhole. You can’t convince me that thing has completely ruined things unless it literally explodes and burns down the Pala Olimpico. It’s inconvenient, yes, but I wouldn’t even have noticed it if people didn’t keep pointing it out.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

If this wins, I will be utterly disappointed.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Stay pressed

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

One of the better stagings that I’ve seen so far.
The chorus is the best part of the song for me as I don’t like the rap part at all.
My love and prayers to all those in Ukraine.

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

the tears on the led screen would be A MOMENT but unfortunately we have to see the black rainbow of death

Ellie
Ellie
1 month ago
Reply to  esc1234

Seeing the tears flow down onto the floor LEDs is a stunning concept that really doesn’t translate anymore with the sun blocking it. This is frustrating to witness. I feel for all the artists who’ve put so much effort in for this result.

Mariia
Mariia
1 month ago

they will win this year

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Amazing staging!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

It looks like a winner to me, except that the black arch has obscured the visual story.

Little Miss Sassy
Little Miss Sassy
1 month ago

Love the country but not the song. Not even in my top 10.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

I hope we are not left with an * if this song ends up winning. It would be not right for the contest, for this song and for whatever would come in 2nd.

Johan
Johan
1 month ago

I struggle to see this winning the whole thing…it doesn´t smell winner at all actually. Still the odds are decreasing every day. Don´t get it at all.

Brett Young
Brett Young
1 month ago
Reply to  Johan

Bookies could be taking punters for a ride – I don’t see it being in the juries top 10 let alone top 4 or 5 (the winner since splitting the jury/televote has always been ranked in the top 4 with the juries)

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
1 month ago

I still find the staging messy and lacking cohesion, I know people have said that the sort of unkempt look is their aesthetic but it looks a state and jurors will not respond to this.

Xxx
Xxx
1 month ago

This is beautiful and emotional, the sun is still ugly though.

Roelof M
Roelof M
1 month ago

The black hole blocking the LED really ruined an effective moment of the yellow/ golden tears. Such a shame!

Brett Young
Brett Young
1 month ago

I think juries will give it too much work to do (they don’t do sentiment and they don’t love rap) I don’t believe its a winner.

3art
3art
1 month ago

I still don’t understand why they can’t move that sun even if it means longer breaks . Last time Eurovision was in Italy it went over an hour over schedule, so why not now ?

Benji
Benji
1 month ago

Their staging is rather disappointing when compared with most other participating countries, nevertheless they continue rising in the betting odds. That’s not fair!

Chessguy99
1 month ago
Reply to  Benji

Imagine how good the staging would be if they were backed by a LED screen instead of that black thing.

Chessguy99
1 month ago
Reply to  Chessguy99

I made this exact comment on the ESC YouTube clip of this rehearsal. After about 40 minutes and getting notifications on being liked and replies, the comment vanished. Nothing to see here, just keep moving.

Brett Young
Brett Young
1 month ago
Reply to  Benji

I think the staging was left behind, then again much bigger things to be concerned about at home as Ukraine are usually the kings of staging. I think they got this one wrong this year.

Ema
Ema
1 month ago

Be just real. This is NOT A WINNER SONG. Is simple as that

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

If people will vote for them only because of solidarity and not because they really like the song they better spend money to donate for children of destructed Ukrainian cities.

zsó
zsó
1 month ago

It’s such a shame, that we cannot see half of the background because of the sun. I saw yesterday in Poland’s rehearsal that their background has a forest projection in it. With the dancers it would be so nice and effective. So sad.

Pete
Pete
1 month ago

I don’t like any aspect of it. Cringe and lame… 39/40. 0/12p.