(Turin) Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday evening, ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to the vote of viewers who voted for the group representing the country occupied by Russian troops in late February.
Updated May 14th
Kalush Orchestra, whose song Stefana mixes hip-hop and traditional music, collecting 631 points. The favorites of the competition, the Ukrainians are ahead of the British Sam Ryder and his title cosmic man (466 points) and Spanish 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 this race after that of 2004 and especially the 2016 edition – two years after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by Russia – with Jamala and the title. 1944a song about the expulsion of the Tatars from 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 on stage the singer of the Kalush Orchestra, Oleh Psiuk, whose performance received applause.
“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 that the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists expressing their support for the Ukrainian people are more humanitarian than political in nature,” the European Union said. Radio-Television (EBU), event organizer.
Eurovision in Mariupol?
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 hosted the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the start 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 heavily bombed by the Russians according to Kiev.
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.
The penultimate France
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 therehad lost a bit of success last year ranking in 2nd placeAND.
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!”
With the song competed favorite bookmakers, Ukraine Stefana mixing hip-hop and traditional music into intimate lyrics – written before the war – that resonate strongly with current events (“I will always find my way home even if all 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 British with stratospheric voice Sam Ryder, who sings spatial man in solo and in combination, and the hot Spanish singer of Cuban origin Chanel, in the dress – very light – of a tore with the Latin rhythmic title. Slo Mo.
Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs arrives 4AND with a rather classic charm (Keep me closer).