🇺🇦 Kalush Orchestra to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 with “Stefania”

🇺🇦 Kalush Orchestra to represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 with “Stefania”

Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne has announced that Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 with their song “Stefania”. The group placed second in last weekend’s Vidbir.

You can watch their performance of their entry from the national selection here:

The announcement comes after the winner of Vidbir, Alina Pash, withdrew from representing Ukraine following uncertainty surrounding her previous travel into Crimea, a contested territory between Ukraine and Russia, at a time when tensions surrounding the area are once again mounting.

About Kalush Orchestra

Kalush Orchestra is a blend of musicians from the band KALUSH alongside folk singers and instrumentalists:

  • Oleg Psiuk (lead vocals)
  • Kilimmen (DJ)
  • Dzhonny Dyvnyi (backing vocals)
  • Tymofii Muzychuk (instrumentalist)
  • Vitalii Duzhyk (instrumentalist)
  • Ihor Didenchuk (instrumentalist)

Eagle-eyed Eurovision fans will recognise Ihor as a member of last year’s Ukrainian representatives, Go_A.

The band focuses on creating music which combines rap with Ukrainian folklore “to convey the Ukrainian ethnicity of people as much as possible.” They released their first album HOTIN in 2021, and found success with their latest single “Shtomber Womber” in December of last year.

Their song “Stefania” is dedicated to mothers and motherhood, but is particularly a tribute to Psiuk’s mother. Discussing the song, Psiuk said that, “I want to show the today’s youth that it is important to follow their traditions, but nobody prevents them from offering something of their own to modernize it.”

Ukraine’s Eurovision journey

Ukraine is one of the most successful countries to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. The country has scored seven top-five placements, with an extra three top-ten finishes. Ukraine won the Contest in 2004 with Ruslana’s “Wild Dances” and again in 2016 with Jamala’s “1944”. Jamala’s win made history for Ukraine, as it became the first ex-Soviet country to win the Contest more than once.

In 2021, Go_A represented Ukraine in the 65th edition of the Contest with their song “SHUM”. The band scored 364 points, finishing in fifth place.

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News Source: UA:PBC

Photo Source: Kalush Orchestra

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