They delivered one of the TV moments of the year, winning Eurovision and giving their fellow Ukrainians a moment of joy and hope. And while Kalush Orchestra would have loved for Ukraine to host Eurovision 2023, they say they are “grateful” the United Kingdom will host on their behalf.
Speaking to the Press Association, lead singer Oleh Psiuk said: “Of course, we are very sad that the Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in Ukraine next year.”
“But we are grateful to the UK for their solidarity and for agreeing to hold the event in support of our country. We hope Eurovision 2023 will have a Ukrainian flavour and celebrate our beautiful, unique culture.”
“We, in turn, will make all efforts to help Ukraine win next year as well, so that Eurovision 2024 can take place in a peaceful country.”
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The BBC’s chief content officer has already made it clear that the show will honour Ukraine. In an e-mail sent to BBC staff members, Charlotte Moore said:
“We will work closely with our colleagues at the Ukrainian broadcaster, UA:PBC and will showcase Ukrainian culture and music as a key part of the event.”
Kalush Orchestra have made the most of their Eurovision win, using their new-found fame to raise awareness about the war at home. Their upcoming North American tour will raise funds to support their country. They kick things off in Seattle, Washington on October 20 and will conclude with two concerts in Montreal and Toronto in Canada on the 5th and 6th of November.
Earlier this summer Oleh staged an auction for his iconic pink bucket hat, raising nearly 350,000 euros.
Their Eurovision trophy sold at auction for around $900,000.
The money raised went towards buying three PD-2 drone systems for the Ukrainian Army.
The “unmanned aerial system” can be deployed “for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, artillery fire spotting and correction, and general support missions.”
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