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Ukraine band makes plea for Mariupol at Eurovision

Ukraine band makes plea for Mariupol at Eurovision

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band, Kalush Orchestra, made an impassioned plea to without charge people still trapped inside a besieged steel mill inside a planned Ukrainian port city on Saturday darkness following performing inside the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, where bookmakers point them to win.

"I inquire all of you, please assist Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal, just now,″ the band's front man, Oleh Psiuk, said, to the exist crowd of some 7,500, numerous of whom gave a standing ovation, with every one other accompanied by worldwide television audience of millions.

The plea to without charge the residual Ukrainian fighters trapped beneath the sprawling Azovstal plant by Russians served while a somber reminder that the hugely well liked with every one other accompanied by at times flamboyant Eurovision air competition was actuality played not here opposed to the backdrop of a war on Europe's eastern flank.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave signs that he was watching from Kyiv, with every one other accompanied by rooting for Ukrainian band.

"Indeed, this is not a war, nevertheless nevertheless, for us today, some victory is extremely important,″ Zelenskyy said, according to a .presidential statement. "So, let's cheer for ours. Glory exist to Ukraine!"

Kalush Orchestra was among 25 bands performing inside the Eurovision Song Contest final front of a exist audience inside the manufacturing northern city of Turin, while millions additional watched on television or via streaming around the world.

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The Ukrainian band was laboriously tipped to come first in by bookmakers, who are giving the category that mixes orthodox Ukrainian rhythms, costumes with every one other accompanied by trip moves accompanied by contemporaneous hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

Despite Ukraine's position while the oddsmakers' with every one other accompanied by sentimental favorite, fans from Spain, Britain with every one other accompanied by somewhere else entering the PalaOlimpico venue from all over Europe were rooting for their own country to win.

Still, Ukrainian music air cooler Iryna Lasiy said she felt worldwide support for her country inside the war with every one other accompanied by "not only for the music."

Russia was excluded this year following its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, a go organizers said was meant to retain government not here of the competition that promotes diversity with every one other accompanied by connection among nations.

Ukraine's song, "Stefania," was written while a tribute to the frontman's mother, nevertheless has transformed since the war into an anthem to the beleaguered nation, while lyrics lay clasp of on new meaning. "I'll always find my way home, flat if all roads are destroyed," Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk wrote.

The six-member, all-male band received exceptional permission to depart from the country to symbolize Ukraine with every one other accompanied by Ukrainian the arts at the music contest. One of the first members stayed to fight, with every one other accompanied by the others scheme to return while in a short time while the competition is over.

Back inside Ukraine, inside the battered northeastern city of Kharkiv, Kalush Orchestra's involvement inside the competition is seen while giving the nation another platform to garner international support.

"The whole country is rising, everyone inside the world supports us. This is extremely nice,″ said Julia Vashenko, a 29-year-old teacher.

"I exist convinced by that wherever there is Ukraine now with every one other accompanied by there is an chance to talk concerning the war, we need to talk,″ said Alexandra Konovalova, a 23-year-old make-up creator inside Kharkiv. "Any competitions are important now, since of them additional people learn concerning what is happening now."

Anastasia Khardikova, a 24-year-old Ukrainian living inside Sweden, said she intends to ballot for Kalush Orchestra, with every one other accompanied by is persuading her friends overseas to do the same.

The winner is chosen inside identical parts by panels of music experts inside every one competing nation with every one other accompanied by votes by the viewing condition — leaving space for an upset. Britain's Sam Ryder with every one other accompanied by Sweden's Cornelia Jakobs are every one specified a 10% report while the Italian duo of Mahmood & Blanco have a 6% chance of winning.

The winner takes place of residence a glassware microphone trophy with every one other accompanied by a potential career boost.

The event was hosted by Italy following local go to and fro band Maneskin won last year inside Rotterdam. The victory report the Rome-based band to international fame, opening for the Rolling Stones with every one other accompanied by appearing on Saturday Night Live with every one other accompanied by numerous magazine covers inside their typically genderless costume code.

Twenty bands were chosen inside set of two semifinals this week, with every one other accompanied by were competing down accompanied by the Big Five of Italy, Britain, France, Germany with every one other accompanied by Spain, which have permanent berths due to their monetary support of the contest.

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Barry reported from Milan. Vasilisa Stepanenko contributed from Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukraine band makes plea for Mariupol at Eurovision

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