this is not a victory Ukraine wants to sing, but the triumph of the Kalush orchestra with his theme Stefania tonight in Eurovision 2022 It was important not only musically, but also morally and media-wise, a clear blow to the European people against Vladimir Putin and his foreign policy.
The result, which represents a third victory for this country, was also a necessary ego injection for Spain, whose candidacy with Chanel and the SloMo theme came in third, just 6 points behind the United Kingdom, thus reaping the rewards. best position since Anabel Condé was runner-up in 1995 with Come Back with Me and the best score the country has ever received at the festival, 459.
“Help Ukraine!” the Ukrainian sextet said after the performance and before taking the coveted glass microphone at the Olympic Palace in Turin, Italy, in an episode that has already made history by excluding Russia from the competition a few months ago for launching an invasion of his territory.
Considering the circumstances, it was a feat that they met the deadline for an unexpected candidacy and that they had to prepare remotely, refugees in different areas, in addition to the need for special permission to leave their country, permission that one of the members did not give, so it had to be replaced.
In all this, the possibility of the song “Stefania”, conceived as a simple tribute to the mother of the leader, played a significant role. Kalush Orchestra but that after the start of the conflict, and because of those special touches of folk mixed with hip-hop and electronic music, he took on the character of singing for absent parents and, accordingly, for the metropolis.
Gala Marked by War
The call for peace has been heard at the Eurovision 2022 final since it kicked off at 21:00 in Turin’s iconic Piazza San Carlo with a reimagining of the song Give Peace A Chance, which John Lennon composed half a century ago against another war, the Vietnam War.
From the Olympic Palace, the famous singer again took the microphone to perform a selection of her hits. Laura Pausinowho also acted as a brilliant co-host of the show along with fellow musician Mike and showman Alessandro Cattalan.
With the contagious EDM Lights of the Czechs We are Domi The fight started with a much more dynamic first half and some top contenders like the Italian Mahmoudwho, after his second-place finish in 2019, returned hand-in-hand with an emotional Brividi and his colleague Blanco to set up a much-needed sentimental one-on-one fight between the two men.
Right behind came the hurricane Chanel with a fan, trumpet fanfare and bullfighter jacket designed by Palomo Spain to expand on the Spanish cliche but in an explosive performance, with a modern Latin sound and designed by Kyle Hanagami, co-creator of figures such as Jennifer Lopez. So, with her SloMo, her smile, and her incredible turns, the Cuban-born artist broke “hips and hearts” in a hall that vibrated with her performance.
Spanish candidate Chanel Terrero performs “SloMo” at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy. — Alessandro diMarco / EFE
One could hardly expect a wave of European solidarity after the Russian invasion from Ukraine, the favorite in the stakes from the very beginning.
“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol and Azovstal”the leader of this sextet demanded at the end a message to help a group of soldiers who had settled in this steel plant, which, due to its political nature, is in principle prohibited by the festival regulations.
Great Britain stands out among the ballads
The second part of the competition, denser, was monopolized by ballads, the prevailing trend of this Italian festival, which was also characterized by its chaotic organization (as evidenced by the giant “kinetic sun” on the stage, which never worked properly).
On this fertile ground for apathy, several countries have stood out, including Greece. Amanda Tenfjord with Die Together and Swedish Cornelia Jacobs with “Hold Me Closer”, another great candidate for victory, with an intimate opening theme and an upward progression that captured many followers.
Although if there was a beneficiary due to the lack of agile topics and because of his position shortly before the vote, it is the British astronaut Sam Ryder. His high notes, his long blond hair and blue eyes, the charismatic presence of this already famous tiktoker, and the melody and guitar riff that intends to pay homage to Queen and Elton John did everything else to take off.
In the midst of the race to win, the beloved Eurovision extravagant proposals provided several new characters for history, such as the Romanian WRS and her chorus in Spanish “Hello my baby / Call me, call me”) and, above all, the Serbian Marina Abramović, Contractwho literally washed his hands of mental health in front of a retinue of priests.
Spain, seven points away from second place
While televoting began to work its magic, we enjoyed a colorful medley of Mika and two former Italian festival champions: the iconic Gigliola Cinquettiwho at 74 performed Non Ho L’Età, as in 1974, and Maneskins2021 winners representing Supermodel with Damiano David hobbled by an ankle injury.
The voices did not disappoint again. It soon became clear that Spain and the United Kingdom will compete for the title. In fact, the jury’s scores left Ryder in first place with 283 points, followed by Sweden (258), Spain (231) and Ukraine (192), which is quite far from the top.
The public, however, did what was expected and turned to the situation in that country, giving it highest note of the televote, 439. Already leading with 631 in total, no one has been able to dislodge him, dominating the top 10, completed by Great Britain (466), Spain (459), Sweden (438), Serbia (312), Italy (268). ), Moldova (253), Greece (215), Portugal (207) and Norway (182).
Spain, which thus ended its unfortunate streak at Eurovision with a love for inferior positions, this time scored 228 points in the televote. In addition, he received the votes of 34 out of 40 national juries, the maximum possible from Portugal, Sweden, San Marino, Australia, Malta, Macedonia, Ireland and Armenia.
They were also generous with this country: Great Britain (10), Belgium (10), Germany (8), Montenegro (8), Bulgaria (8), Switzerland (8), Czech Republic (7), Norway (7). , Cyprus (6), Croatia (6), Lithuania (5), Greece (5), France (5), Netherlands (5), Albania (5), Azerbaijan (5), Georgia (5), Serbia (4) , Denmark (4), Israel (3), Iceland (3), Moldova (3), Austria (2), Romania (1), Slovenia (1), Poland (1).
In turn, the Spanish jury decided to award Azerbaijan (12), Italy (10), Australia (8), Sweden (7), Serbia (6), Belgium (5), Romania (4), Great Britain (3). , Greece (2) and Switzerland (1).
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