Pictures: Ukrposhta, Corinne Cumming (EBU)

Eurovision 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra will very likely feature on a commemorative stamp to honour their Eurovision victory. The CEO of Ukraine’s postal service Ukrposhta announced the news through his Facebook page.

On Saturday, Kalush Orchestra became the third Ukrainian act to win Eurovision. They did so by topping the public vote with a record score of 439 points, whilst also receiving a respectable fourth place with the juries.

Nodding to that, Ukrposhta CEO Ihor Smilianskyy wrote on Facebook that he wants to issue a stamp in their honour. He wrote:

“Ukrposhta issues stamps, according to the decision of the Art Council. But I think I will have enough arguments as the Chairman of the Council to agree and speed up the release of the stamp dedicated to our winners. Just like we did with Ruslana and Jamala.”

“We will certainly agree on the design of the stamp separately, because we have to agree it with Eurovision. If we wish to go Europe-wide, we have to respect intellectual property rights. Therefore, the photo is an example of one variant.”

Back in 2004 and 2016, Eurovision winners Ruslana and Jamala were also featured on special celebratory stamps. After her victory at Eurovision 2016, Jamala also received the honoury title People’s Artist of Ukraine.

Unlike the two previous winners, Kalush Orchestra did not arrive at Boryspil by plane. Instead they entered via the land border near Lviv. 

Although postal services are not running in large parts of Ukraine currently, the country’s national postal service remains active. Earlier, it issued a limited edition commemorative stamp in honour of the Battle of Snake Island that led people to queue up at local post offices in safer areas. 

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Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
1 month ago

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 month ago

I’d like to see them commission several stamps for the Kalush Orchestra; one in the usual group photo, following their Eurovision victory, and maybe one or more with the members on active duty. They are heroes in both aspects.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

Yeah, but there are thousands, millions, of others who can represent the active duty side.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Am I the only one excited about the the the the the the the the the the the the STAMPS?

szonline
szonline
1 month ago

2 of 3 wins are political. Pride and Glory!

Branko86
Branko86
1 month ago
Reply to  szonline

I fear they will probably send such songs every year from now on.

Una
Una
1 month ago

Ukraine <3 Ukraine <3 CONGRATULATIONS!!

In other news, Sam Ryder is mentioned in the British mainstream media confirming the identity of one of the banana wolves duo!!! *Ben Adams* from a boyband or similar.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

I mean we all already knew that Ben is Keith and that Jim is Gaute but I think confirming Keith’s identity is a bit of a douche move on Sam’s part.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

The party’s over, he probably doesn’t realise he’s expected to keep this secret until the grave.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well they wanna keep the characters and IDK if Ben wants to have articles about him being Keith just yet..

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Still, if you can do it, so can Sam.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yeah but if Sam does it, it goes on the news..

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Did we ever find out who Dustin the Turkey was?

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Do we know if Konstrakta has received a congratulations letter from Meghan Markle after Eurovision?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jimmy

Please, royalty only.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

You can always ask the person keeping the secret. Or… I don’t know… not comment on things that don’t concern you…
I’m sure he didn’t mean it but it’s still a d*ck move.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I haven’t really followed the identity mistery soooo … I think it would be nice to know who graced the Eurovision stage 🙂

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah whoever dug found it. Their voices are very distinguishable . Keith is Ben Adams and Jim is Gaute Ormåsen : )

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

We also know that TIX can’t be the astronaut because he gave the points, and it can’t be JOWST because he was on the jury.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

OK, so it looks like all of them had fun!!

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

EBU should demand 50% mandatory jury vote from broadcasters like NRK for their NFs from now on, instruct them to place a big fat zero on acts like Subwoolfer so they have no chance of ever going to ESC anymore, they’re just too damaging for the contest.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Norway was not my fave entry this year but they have all my respect. A clever, witty, fun, *expensive* and totally out-of-the-box entry as opposed to a baity and cheap-looking and sounding one.

Norway elevated Eurovision this year. The interviews in Moon language and English were to the point and fun as h*** as opposed to non-sense in broken English.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Nope, sorry but there’s a clear difference between acts like Lithuania 2020-21 or Iceland 2020-21 that had something to them but also capitalized on that meme factor to draw more attention, and dumb memes for the sake of dumb memes like Subwoolfer, 3-letter chorus that they’re not even singing themselves live, not my problem if you can’t distinguish them.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Daði Freyr og Gagnamagnið and The Roop respectively are Eurovision legends!!

Subwoolfer are from a different league. It´s kind of difficult to figure them out, I know!!! 🙂

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

From exactly the same league as the Irish turkey and the Latvian pirates, it’s not that difficult…

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

We don’t speak the same language or dialect.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

How could we, when you tell me a mindless Ylvis / Masked Singer hybrid rip-off is “totally out-of-the-box” and so on, guess I’ll just end it here…

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Yeah, what 2022 really needed was another ballad.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

“I dislike this entry therefore it has brought great damage to Eurovision….”
If Norway had juries this year Northkid might’ve been sent and that would have added to the batch of slower songs we had this year. And for me it would have been one of the worst ones out of the batch and it might not have even qualified. Subwoolfer greatly improved the ESC season. Even for people who don’t like their song. They brought great joy laughter to many people and provided a great performance.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

great joy & laughter. Flippin uneditable wiwi comments lol.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

I don’t think getting overlooked or even downright ignored in favor of really shallow stuff like the banana song brought any joy to the few genuine people that actually bothered sending something decent to the contest, like Alvan&Ahez, the Icelandic sisters, Monika Liu, Amanda or MARO… Whatever, guess that’s just the kind of audience this contest attracts and why nobody can argue with people like Sobral when they keep talking smack about it, because they know it’s true.

?rem
?rem
1 month ago

this is cute