In the final of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine is the top favorite in view of the Russian war of aggression – but Sweden and Great Britain are also given chances.
ESC. An unprecedented 60 percent chance of winning. First place with all (!) bookmakers with a winning rate of only 29 cents per euro. And our ESC Queen Conchita keeps her fingers crossed: “Even regardless of this situation, it would be justified if they win!” Never before has someone at the ESC been as much a favorite as Ukraine was yesterday. The six-piece rap-folk collective Kalush Orchestra delivered a new anthem for peace with the ethnohymn Stefania. Her performance was celebrated with standing ovations by 12,000 fans in the Pala Alpitour hall. The winners of hearts. Frontman Oleh Psiuk thanked them with an illegal political slogan. Among other things, the word “Mariupol” was mentioned.
jubilation and trembling. 25 countries had qualified. Austria already dropped out in qualifying. The show was shrill again. The voting is a nerve-wracking nail-biter. The winner should not be known until around 1 a.m. Anything but a triumph for Ukraine would be a huge surprise. Even if hackers close to Putin threatened to attack the voting in advance.
Outsider. Even the biggest competitors Sam Ryder (England), Mahmood & Bianco (Italy) and the Swede Cornelia Jakobs lagged behind when it came to betting: chances of winning less than 10 percent! Quite
Europe wishes Ukraine to win!
Peace. With Stefania, the Kalush Orchestra also gave a loud signal for peace. “The song was written long before the outbreak of war. It doesn’t contain a word about the war,” Psiuk explains of the song, which is addressed to his mother. “But now many have started to read new meanings into the text and here equate mother and Ukraine. The song means something to so many people in Ukraine now.”
Hit. And all of Europe. Ukraine’s appearance at the ESC semi-finals had more than 4.8 million YouTube clicks even before the final show. That was ten times as much as our song.