The Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” combines hip-hop and traditional music, has collected 631 points. The favorites of the competition, the Ukrainians are ahead of the Briton Sam Ryder and his title “Space Man” (466 points) and the Spaniard Chanel with “Slo Mo” (459 points).
“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted on Facebook. This is Ukraine’s third victory in the competition after 2004 and especially the 2016 edition – two years after Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea – with Jamala and the title “1944”, a song about the deportation of Tatars by Stalin.
As in the two semifinals organized this week in Turin, a wave of blue and yellow flags of the country under the blow of the Russian army engulfed the arena of the Pala Olimpico in the capital Piedmont (northwestern Italy). where the 25 finalists performed.
“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azоvstal,” shouted Kalush Orchestra vocalist Oleh Psiuk on stage and received a standing ovation. “This victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Glory to Ukraine!” – said the singer with pink hats after the victory.
Political messages are generally banned at Eurovision, but organizers have indicated that Ukraine will not be disqualified for these comments.
“We understand the deep feelings about Ukraine in this context and consider the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists expressing their support for the Ukrainian people to be more of a humanitarian than a political nature,” the European Union said. Radio-Television (EBU), event organizer.
The penultimate France
The EBU had excluded Russia from the competition a day after Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine received the maximum score – 12 points – from several former republics or satellite countries of the Soviet Union: Poland, the country in Europe that has received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the beginning of the war, Moldova, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania. .
According to the rules of Eurovision, the next edition of the competition should be held in Ukraine, which in the words of Oleh Psiuk would be “a new, integrated, developed and thriving Ukraine”.
For Volodymyr Zelensky, Eurovision 2023 is to be held in the “free, peaceful and rebuilt” city of Mariupol. A strategic port city in Ukraine, Mariupol is still intensively bombed by the Russians according to kyiv.
Finland, which shares more than 1,300 km of border with Russia and is preparing to join NATO, gave 12 points to Sweden, which must also formally announce its intention to join the Atlantic Alliance, possibly from this diel.
As for the Ukrainian viewers, they gave their 12 points to the British candidate.
European Council President Charles Michel said he wanted the 2023 edition of Eurovision to be held “in Kiev in a free and united Ukraine”, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recalled: “The EU is with you ‘.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed a victory that reflects Europe’s “unwavering support” along with Ukraine.
France, which coveted after its first victory since that of Marie Myriam (“The Child and the Bird”) in … 1977, arrived penultimate with the group Alvan & Ahez. Frenchwoman Barbara Pravi, with her song “Voilà”, had just missed out on success last year ranking second.
The French public gave 12 points to the United Kingdom and 10 points to Ukraine. Benoît Blaszczyk, secretary of France-Eurofans, the French branch of the General Organization of Eurovision Fans (OGAE), greeted AFP on “Europe’s victory of peoples who share a universal language: music!”
Bookstore favorite Ukraine competed with the song “Stefania” mixing hip-hop and traditional music into intimate lyrics – written before the war – which resonated strongly with the news (“I will always find my way home even if all the roads are destroyed “).
At six on stage, members of the group, all of combat age, benefited from a temporary dispensation issued by the Kiev government, but they will have to return home to pick up their weapons once the competition is over. One of them stayed in place.
To complete the podium, the stratospheric Briton Sam Ryder, who sings “SpaceMan” in solo and combined, and the fiery Spanish singer of Cuban descent Chanel, dressed – very lightly – as a tore with the Latin rhythmic title. Slo Mo “.
Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs comes 4th with a pretty classic charm (“Keep Me Closer”).