Eurovision Song Contest – From the unsurprising victory of Ukraine thanks to the audience vote … to the sinking of France, which took second-to-last place! video

On Saturday evening, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest in Italy, ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to the vote of viewers who voted for the group representing the country invaded by Russian forces at the end of February. The Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” blends hip-hop and traditional music, scored 631 points. The Ukrainians top the list of candidates to compete for the British Sam Ryder and his title “Space Man” (466 points) and the Spaniard Chanel with “Slow Mo” (459 points).

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky replied on Facebook, “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.” This is Ukraine’s third win in this competition after 2004 and especially the 2016 version – two years after the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by Russia – with its beauty and title “1944”, a song that tells of the deportation of the Tatars by Stalin.

As in the semi-finals organized this week in Turin, a wave of blue and yellow flags of the country under the emblem of the Russian army swept the Pala Olimpico Arena in the capital of Piedmont (Northwest Italy) where the performance of the 25 finalists.

“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal,” the vocalist of the Kalush Orchestra called Oleh Psyuk on stage and received a warm welcome. “This victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine!” Said the singer in the pink hat after the win. Political messages are generally prohibited in Eurovision, but the organizers declared that Ukraine would not be ineligible for such statements.

“We understand the deep feelings surrounding Ukraine in this context and take into account the comments of the Kalush Orchestra and other artists expressing their support for the Ukrainian people to be more humane than political,” the EU said. Radio and Television (EBU), the organizer of the event.

The European Broadcasting Union disqualified Russia from the competition the day after Russian forces entered Ukraine on February 24. Ukraine got the maximum score – 12 points – from several former republics or satellite states of the Soviet Union: Poland, the country in Europe that received the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the start of the war, Moldova, Latvia, Romania and Lithuania. According to the rules of Eurovision, the next edition of the competition should be held in Ukraine, which in the words of Oleh Psiuk will be “a new, integrated, developed and prosperous Ukraine”.

For Volodymyr Zelensky, the Eurovision 2023 conference should be held in the “free, peaceful and reconstructed” city of Mariupol. Mariupol, a strategic port city in Ukraine, is still heavily bombed by the Russians according to how.

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00:50: The winning song is Ukraine as one might think because of the war and the attacks that this country is going through.

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00:55: Ukraine won more than 400 points in the general vote and moved to first place. This is the absolute record in the number of points awarded by the public

12:45 am: France takes second place in the standings

00:41: The audience’s votes have now been revealed and can now change everything

00:40: All jurors in the country have now voted and put the UK first – public votes can change everything – France at the bottom

00:32: Armenia gives seven points to France, which rose to 23rd place, ahead of Iceland (7 points) and Germany (0 points).

00:25: With half the votes of the jury, the UK and Sweden were in the lead and France penultimate …

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11:58 PM: end of voting

11:18 pm: Voting is open

9:38 pm: France on stage!

9:32 pm France will be the next song on the Turin Theater for the 2022 competition live on France 2

9 pm: Let’s go to the Eurovision Song Contest!

6:14 pm: What time will France go through during the Eurovision 2022 final on Saturday 14 May 2022 in Turin? At 9:38 p.m., Breton band Alvan & Ahez is scheduled to perform. France is expected to rank sixth in the current standings. Or in the first quarter of the finalists of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. This position was determined by the draw, which was held on Thursday evening, at the end of the second semi-final.

Since arriving in Turin, Italy, where this 66th edition of Eurovision is being held, Alvin and Ahes have alternated between rehearsal on the grand stage in Bala Albitur, interviews with the international press and meetings with fans who have come in droves from all over the world. The world, Europe and all over the world.

4:52 PM: As per the bookmaker’s predictions, Ukraine and the Kalush Philharmonic Orchestra are the biggest candidates for the competition. Ukrainians have a 48% chance of winning. In second place we find Italy, which will have a 14% chance of winning, ahead of the UK, with a 10% chance of winning. France ranks 12th in bookmakers’ predictions, with only a 1% chance of winning Eurovision this year.

2:21 p.m.: At Eurovision, the buzz of musical notes rose before the grand finale on Saturday night in Italy: From Norway’s wolves to favorite Ukrainians defending their country’s colors under a slam dunk, a great song contest must break new decibel records.

But this year’s festivities are being put under the disastrous sign of the war in Ukraine, less than three months after its invasion by Russia broke out on February 24, and the European Broadcasting Union was excluded from Eurovision the next day. event organizer.

Ukraine, a bookmaker’s favorite, rivals Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” blends hip-hop and traditional music on heartwarming lyrics – written before the war – that resonate strongly with current events (“I will always find my way home even if I destroy all roads”).

With six on stage, the group’s members, all of fighting age, benefit from a temporary exemption issued by the Kyiv government, but will have to return home to take up arms once the competition is over. One of them remained in the country.

“One of the members of the group joined the defense of Kyiv’s lands on the third day of the war,” singer Oleh Psyuk told AFP. “We are very concerned about him and hope to find him safe and sound when we return,” he added.

Behind Ukraine, bettors are betting on the Briton with the voice of the stratospheric Sam Ryder, who sings “Spaceman” alone or in a group, the Swede Cornelia Jacobs with a somewhat classic glam (“Hold me close”), and Mahmoud and Blanco (“Brividi”) who wishes in giving Italy a second straight victory after rock band Maneskin in 2021.

The Spanish singer of Cuban descent, Chanel, wears – very lightly – like a bullfighter closing the top five with the rhythmic Latin title “SloMo”. If Ukraine succeeds, it will double in power after its victory in 2016 – two years after the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea by Russia – with Jamala’s “1944”, a song recounting Stalin’s deportation of the Tatars.

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