Ukraine wins the 66th Eurovision Song Contest

Zelensky call

During the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for a vote for his country with a video message: “Europe, vote for the Kalush Orchestra!”

In Turin, too, the evening started with a message of peace, as the mega show began with a pre-recorded clip from an old town square in the industrial metropolis, on which 1,000 people intoned John Lennon’s “Give peace a chance”. Then it switched to the ESC hall Pala Olimpico, where the audience picked up the rhythm.

Colorful field

Apart from the top spots and the political connotations in view of the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, the field of participants was colorful as usual, albeit with a clear ballad side. Some of the familiar was seen – if you think of the Spanish candidate Chanel with “SloMo”, dressed in torero tango, who reliably served the well-known beach disco section and thus made it onto the podium. Or when Portugal, in the person of Mauro, conjured up longing in the singing circle under the title “Saudade, saudade”, as always with a fado-heavy heart.

But numerous countries also dared to present new, at least for them avant-garde, formats in front of the European audience. This year, Greece also had Nordic depressives to offer with the half-Norwegian Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord, since “Die Together” was about dying together, while France also surprised and did not enter a French-language song. Electro artist Alvan and female trio Ahez sang their bass-driven number “Fulenn” in Breton. Iceland’s western sisters Systur interpreted country with a Viking touch with “Með Hækkandi Sól”. And finally, Serbia also distanced itself from Balkan rhythms, but had an almost avant-garde number at the start with the architect Konstrakta and her contribution “In Corpore Sano” against the health craze, which was rewarded with 5th place in the end.

The Italian contribution “Brividi” (goosebumps) will remain as an ESC milestone – the first openly gay love duet in the tournament, interpreted by Mahmood & Blanco. However, the duo could not repeat the triumph of the rock band Måneskin from the previous year in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which brought the competition to Turin. Their predecessors, who have been steadily climbing the star ladder since last year’s win, could be heard again before the results were announced – with their new single “Supermodel”.

Måneskin thus completed the wide range of musicians, even apart from the candidates in Turin, as the organizers had also decided to hire one of the Italian stars of the guild, singer Laura Pausini, and Mika, a pop star from the early 2000s, as co-moderators.

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