Ukraine was crowned the winner Saturday of Eurovision Song Contest.
The contest tweeted the winner Saturday.
Winning Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania” was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mom, however grew to become an anthem for the war-torn nation.
“Indeed, some stuff in right here was written lengthy earlier than the struggle, and it was devoted to my mom,” frontman Oleh Psiuk instructed The Associated Press.
“After it began with the struggle and the hostilities, it took on extra that means, and many individuals began seeing it as their mom, Ukraine, within the that means of the nation,” he continued. “It has turn out to be actually near the hearts of so many individuals in Ukraine.”
The long-running singing competitors present options artists representing every European nation, and a few non-European nations like Australia.
The contest’s Ukrainian commentator, Timur Miroshnychenko, did his job from a bomb shelter.
“This yr, I believe it’s extra symbolic than ever as a result of, of course, trigger on twenty fourth of February not one of us was fascinated with Eurovision or stuff like that,” he stated earlier than Saturday’s announcement of a winner.
In February, the European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the competition, stated Russia could be allowed to take part regardless of the nation’s assault on Ukraine. However, lower than 24 hours later, organizers reversed course and stated no Russian act could be a component of the present.
“The choice displays concern that, in mild of the unprecedented disaster in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry on this yr’s Contest would deliver the competitors into disrepute,” a assertion learn.
Dennis Romero contributed.