TOUR – Against the backdrop of a war in Europe, the popular Eurovision Song Contest reaches its extravagant climax on Saturday night when 25 bands perform in front of a live audience in the city of Turin, northern Italy, while millions more come in television worldwide.
The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is very keen to win by the bookmakers, who are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dances with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.
Her song, “Stefania”, was written as a tribute to the leader’s mother, but since the invasion of Russia on February 24 it has become a hymn to the war-ravaged nation, as the lyrics take on a new meaning. “I will always find my way home, even if all the roads are destroyed,” wrote Oleh Psiuk, leader of the Kalush Orchestra.
The six-member band, made up exclusively of men, received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture in the music contest. One of the original members is left to fight, and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.
The winner is chosen in equal parts by panels of music experts from each competing country and voted on by the viewing audience, leaving room for disgust. Britain’s Sam Ryder and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs have a 10% chance of winning, while Italian duo Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.
The winner takes home a crystal microphone trophy and a potential professional boost.
The event is being organized by Italy after the Italian rock band Maneskin won last year in Rotterdam. The victory brought the Rome band to international fame, opening for the Rolling Stones and appearing on Saturday Night Live and numerous magazine covers with their typically genderless dress code.
This week they have chosen twenty bands in two semi-finals, which will compete alongside the Big Five of Italy, Britain, France, Germany and Spain, who have permanent positions due to their financial support for the competition.
Russia was excluded this year after its invasion of Ukraine, a move the organizers said was aimed at keeping politics out of the competition that promotes diversity and friendship among nations.
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Ukraine’s favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in the middle of the war
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