The great betting favorite to win the crystal microphone confirmed all the forecasts: Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 by the group Kalush Orchestra and their song Stephanie.
The successful band, whose style combines modern rap with classic Ukrainian folk, has made a great effort to be in the European contest in the face of the complicated situation that their country has been experiencing since the Russian invasion.
Kalush’s proposal has become quite a symbol of the ukrainian resistance despite the fact that Eurovision tries to stay out of politics. In fact, the Ukrainian delegation has had to modify its lighting, which in the first rehearsals made a clear reference to the country’s flag.
Despite this, everything in the Ukrainian proposal evokes the most identifying features of the Ukrainian people. Some of the members of the Kalush Orchestra are dressed in traditional historical costumes from the early 20th century: Oleh wears an authentic festive keepar, a vest of the Hutsul – an ethnic group from the Carpathian Mountains – to which he gives a modern twist. with a pink bucket hat; and Tymofiy wears the full costume of the same traditional origin.
“We show our roots and how to take something from the past and make it work for the present. That’s why we’ve found success at home, and hopefully we can find that kind of reception internationally as well. We take something old and make it sound modern,” the band told the official Eurovision website.
And that mixture of tradition and modernity has given them victory. The popular vote has been decisive and has relegated Chanel Terrero to third place, the best position in Spain since 1995.
[Más información: El eco del conflicto entre Ucrania y Rusia en el Festival de Eurovisión: vetos, venganzas y burlas]
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