the political message of Kalush Orchestra at Eurovision 2022 will not be sanctioned

Although the rules of the ceremony prohibit any political speech, the organizers announced that the call for mobilization of the Ukrainian group would not be held against it.

The organizers of Eurovision will not take action against the political speech of the Ukrainian group, this Saturday evening during the final of the 2022 edition in Turin. This is what they announced to AFP, a few minutes after the end of the ceremony.

This 66th edition of the international tele-hook was won by Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian group, and their song Stefania. At the end of their performance, in the middle of the evening, the leader of the formation Oleh Psiuk exclaimed: “Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal”, in reference to the violent Russian offensive which has been upsetting his country for months, and which has led to Russia being excluded from this 2022 vintage.

“We understand the deep feelings around Ukraine”

If these few words were welcomed by the cheers of the public, they are nonetheless contrary to the rules, the organizers expressly prohibiting any politicization of the event. But the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which runs the competition, assured this Saturday evening that there would be no sequel:

“We understand the deep feelings around 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 humanitarian than political in nature,” she said.

Kalush Orchestra won the competition with 631 points. They are followed in the charts by Sam Ryder and his title space man (United Kingdom) and the Spanish Chanel with Slo Mo. The Alvan & Ahez group, which represented France with Fulennfinished penultimate.