Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was something to behold tonight (May 14), bringing together 25 nations to compete for the ultimate musical bragging rights.
Broadcast live on BBC One from the Pala Olimpico Arena in Turin, the spectacular event was hosted by Mika (his album cartoon moving life was the 2007 soundtrack), Laura Pausini (a Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning Italian singer) and Alessandro Cattelan (former host of The X factor in Italy).
After Norway’s Subwoofer and Finnish rockers The Rasmus, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the most love on social media, performing their track “Stefania” through a fascinating mix of hip-hop and folk. .
Their country has been under siege by President Vladimir Putin’s Russian army since February, resulting in Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since World War II. The very presence of Kalush Orchestra within this competition therefore deserves immense respect.
“I ask all of you, please help Ukraine Mariupol, help us all stand up now!” shouted rapper Oleh Psiuk from the stage.
Reacting to the group’s involvement, two Eurovision the viewers tweeted: “Ukraine deserves to win this year” and “#Ukraine #EUROVISION Wow! Excellent entry. [Graham] Norton was right. If they win, it’s not just sympathy, but it’s a very worthwhile song.”
“Ukraine has my vote. Come on guys.. are you with me? victory of Ukraine”, “Every contestant will be really happy if Ukraine wins; I think it’s really beautiful and representative of what Europe stands for (and against) at its best” and “When Ukraine wins. Hopefully it can be held in Ukraine,” Lily three more messages of support.
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Meanwhile, in October last year, it was announced that the UK Eurovision the act – Sam Ryder – and the song – ‘Space Man’ – would be chosen: the BBC worked alongside global publishing and management company TaP Music after its success with artists Lana Del Rey and Dua Lipa.
“We are really delighted to be partnering with the BBC for this event and we will be using Eurovision to authentically reflect and celebrate the rich, diverse and world-class musical talent for which the UK is globally renowned,” said Ben Mawson of TaP Music.
Eurovision Song Contest broadcast on BBC One.
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