the performance of the Ukrainians of Kalush Orchestra during the first semi-final

The performance of the Ukrainian group, which is participating in the competition in the midst of the Russian-Ukrainian war, was one of the most scrutinized of the evening.

They are given big winners of Eurovision 2022 by bettors. The Ukrainians of the Kalush Orchestra group, who represent their country at this 66th edition, were the sixth to perform this Tuesday as part of the first semi-final, before the final this Saturday in Turin.

The formation defends its flag with the hybrid piece Stefania, which mixes rap and traditional sounds, in a particular context: since February, Europe has been living to the rhythm of the violent Russian offensive which has descended on Ukraine. “Thank you for supporting Ukraine,” said one of the band members after the performance. There was no further reference to conflict since competition prohibits political expression.

“Stefania is my mother’s first name, explained Oleh Psiuk, leader of the training, in March to BFMTV. “This song was dedicated to him. But today, it has taken a more universal turn. It affects more people, because many Ukrainians cannot see their mothers at the moment.”

Complicated preparation

Last March, Oleh Psiuk, the leader of the formation selected shortly before the Russian invasion to represent Ukraine, told Reuters that he was leading a group of volunteers distributing drugs and helping the population to flee the country.

The members then had to rehearse separately, before they could finally meet in the city of Lviv. They finally got together in early April and finally got to rehearse together, as they posted on Instagram.