Ten days ago the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2022 took place and Alina Pash won the show after a troublesome voting. But that wasn’t the biggest problem as the doubts arose whether Alina abided the rules set for Vidbir , given the fact that a few years ago she traveled to Crimea and the artists competing at Vidbir were only allowed to enter Crimea through Ukrainian territory and entering through any other country is deemed illegal by Ukraine’s government. There was investigation about Alina’s travel documents and on 16th of February Alina Pash decided to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The Ukrainian broadcaster was considering the possible solution and it was yet to be confirmed whether the country will experience the same situation like in 2019 when four out of six participants of Vidbir said they don’t wanna represent the country and Ukraine withdrew from Eurovision Song Contest or a solution will be found and some artist would be selected in order to take part at this years edition of the contest. Four days ago it has been revealed that Kalush Orchestra agreed to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022, all that was left was the official confirmation from the broadcaster about it.
Today the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC has officially confirmed that Kalush Orchestra will be their representatives at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song “Stefania”
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We are grateful to everyone who supported us during the final of the National Selection for Eurovision-2022 and gave us first place in the SMS-voting. We promise every Ukrainian that we will justify your choice. In difficult times for our country, we must reaffirm ourselves to the world. That is why we are ready to present Ukraine with dignity to the whole of Europe.
Oleh Psyuk lead of Kalush Orchestra
Kalush Orchestra ended on second place of the selection with 14 points after they received 6 points from the jury and maximum 8 points from the audience votes. Later on, their lead, Oleh Psyuk accused organisers of forging the results of the votes. In the previous week there was also in question weather they violated the rules as one of members, bagpiper Tymofiy Muzychuk published a photo in 2015 on his VKontakte taken at the St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow. That was clarified by the Kalush Orchestra and Tymofiy himself that the photo was taken back in 2013 when he attended a concert of Mykhailo Poplavskyi
In 2013, I really was in Russia at a concert with Mikhail Poplavsky. Just clapped, did not speak. And in the same year I performed in Krasnodar. After 2013, I was not in Russia at all
Tymofiy Muzychuk in his Instagram story
Ukraine will be competing as in the first half of the first semi-final scheduled for 10th of May. It remains to be seen if Ukraine will continue their 100% success with qualification to the final as they are the only country which always managed to qualify to the final every year since the introduction of the semi-finals. Last year, their representatives, Go_A ended on fifth in the final and “Shum” conquered Europe. You can check our interview with Kalush Orchestra HERE and watch the performance 0f “Stefania” below
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