(Turin) Ukraine won the Eurovision song contest in Italy on Saturday evening, ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to the vote of viewers who voted for the group representing the country invaded at the end of February by Russian troops. .
Updated May 14
The Kalush Orchestra, don’t do the song Stephanie mixes hip-hop and traditional music, scored 631 points. Favorites of the competition, the Ukrainians are ahead of the Briton Sam Ryder and his title space man (466 points) and the Spanish Chanel with Slo-Mo (459 points).
“Our courage impresses the world, our music has conquered Europe”, the reaction of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Facebook.
It is Ukraine’s third victory in this competition after that of 2004 and hatches the 2016 edition – two years after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea by Russia – with Jamala and the title 1944joins the song telling about the deportation of the Tatars by Stalin.
As in the two semi-finals organized this week in Turin, a tide of blue and yellow flags of the country under the grapeshot of the Russian army swept into the arena of the Pala Olimpico in the Piedmontese capital (north-west of the Italy) where the 25 finalists performed.
“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azоvstal”, called on stage the singer of the Kalush Orchestra, Oleh Psiuk, whose performance received a standing ovation.
“This victory is very important for Ukraine, which is breaking out this year. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine! “said the singer in the pink cap after the victory.
Fewer political messages are generally prohibited at Eurovision plus the organizers have made it known that Ukraine will not be disqualified for these proposals.
“We understand the feelings of the author of Ukraine in the context and considerations that the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other expressive bra artists about a Ukrainian people sons of human nature more than politics have “, says the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organizer of the event.
Eurovision in Mariupol?
The EBU had excluded Russia from the competition the day after Russian troops entered Ukraine on February 24.
Ukraine received the maximum score – 12 points – from several former republics or satellite countries of the Soviet Union: Poland, the country in Europe that hosted the largest number of Ukrainian refugees after the start of the war, Moldova , Latvia, Romania and Lithuania.
According to the rules of Eurovision, the previous edition of the contest should be held in Ukraine, which will be in the words of Oleh Psiuk “units new, integrated, developed and flourishing Ukraine”.
For Volodymyr Zelensky, Eurovision 2023 should be held in the city of Mariupol “Liberate, pacify and rebuild”. A strategic port city in Ukraine, Mariupol is still heavily bombarded by the Russians according to Kyiv.
Finland, which shares more than 1,300 km of border with Russia and is preparing to join NATO, has given 12 points to Sweden, which also must officially announce its intention to join the Atlantic Alliance, perhaps to be this Sunday.
As for Ukrainian viewers, they gave their 12 points to the British candidate.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, declared that the 2023 edition of Eurovision was held “in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine”, while the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen recalled: “The ‘EU is with you’.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed a victory that reflected Europe’s “unwavering brace” alongside Ukraine.
France, which coveted after its first victory since that of Marie Myriam (The child and the bird) in… 1977, second to last arrival with the group Alvan & Ahez. The French Barbara Pravi, with her song Sohad narrowly missed the feat last year by ranking 2and.
The French public gave 12 points to the United Kingdom and 10 points to Ukraine.
Benoît Blaszczyk, secretary of France-Eurofans, the French branch of the General Organization of Eurovision Fans (OGAE), told AFP “The victory of the Europe of the peoples who share a universal language: music ! »
Favorite bookmakers, Ukraine competed with the song Stephanie mixing hip-hop and traditional music on intimate lyrics – written before the war – which resonate strongly with current events (“I will always find the way home even if all the roads are destroyed”).
At six on stage, the members of the group, all of fighting age, benefited from a temporary dispensation issued by the government of Kyiv, but they had to go home to take up arms as soon as the competition was over. One of them stayed in the country.
To complete the podium, the Briton with the stratospheric voice Sam Ryder, who sings Astronaut in solo and in combination, and the hot Spanish singer of Cuban origin Chanel, in outfit – very light – of a torera with the rhythmic Latin title Slow motion.
Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs arrives 4and with a fairly classic glamor (hold me closer).