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Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid war

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid war

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest inside the early hours of Sunday inside a understandable show of support for the war-ravaged nation.

The six-man band that mixes orthodox people melodies accompanied by every one one other accompanied by contemporaneous hip hop inside a purposeful defence of Ukrainian the arts was the sentimental accompanied by every one one other accompanied by bookmakers' favorite among the 25 bands accompanied by every one one other accompanied by performers competing inside the magnificent finale. The condition ballot from place of residence was decisive inside securing their victory.

The band's front man, Oleg Psiuk, took advantage of the enormous worldwide audience to build impassioned plea to lacking ask in remittance fighters still trapped beneath a sprawling steel plant inside the southern port city of Mariupol following the six-man band's performance.

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

The plea to lacking ask in remittance the residual Ukrainian fighters trapped beneath the Azovstal plant by Russians served while a somber reminder that the hugely well liked accompanied by every one 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.

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave signs that he was watching from Kyiv, accompanied by every one 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.

Fans from Spain, Britain accompanied by every one 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 accompanied by every one 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 management not here of the competition that promotes diversity accompanied by every one one other accompanied by link 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 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Ukrainian the arts at the music contest. One of the earliest members stayed to fight, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the others scheme to return while inside a short hour dated 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 accompanied by every one 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, accompanied by every one 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 one competing nation accompanied by every one one other accompanied by votes by the viewing condition — leaving space for an upset. Britain's Sam Ryder accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Sweden's Cornelia Jakobs are every one 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 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by a potential career boost.

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

Twenty bands were chosen inside place of set of two semifinals this week, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by were competing down accompanied by the Big Five of Italy, Britain, France, Germany accompanied by every one 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.

Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision amid war

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