Kalush Orchestra on winning Eurovision 2022: We did our best to bring her

Kalush Orchestra on winning Eurovision 2022: We did our best to bring her

Representatives of Ukraine at Eurovision 2022, the Kalush Orchestra group, reacted to the victory in the song contest. Behind the scenes of the show, the band's frontman Oleg Psyuk, without restraining his emotions, thanked the Ukrainians and Europe for their support. A fragment of the interview was published by Suspіlne.

– Many thanks to all Ukrainians, the entire diaspora, who voted for us. This victory this year is very important for us. We did our best to bring her [home]. Glory to Ukraine! – the performer said.

The artists noted that during the final show they were very worried about the result, but the jury accepted the scores calmly:

– Who watched the air saw how much we were worried. It was very stressful. I myself do not remember from myself such emotions. These were indescribable feelings, really, – Psyuk shared.

– I have never seen Oleg so worried, – said soloist Timofey Muzychuk.

– The jury did not rate us very well, I thought so, but there is something, – Oleg clarified.

Kalush Orchestra won the competition on the night of May 14-15 in Turin. The group entered the stage at number 12. After the performance, the team called in English to help Ukraine, save Mariupol and Azovstal. The collective team received the most points – 631 (192 from the jury and 439 from the audience). In second place is the UK (466), and in third – Spain (459 points). This is the third victory in the contest for the country during its participation in Eurovision. In 2004 the competition was won by Ruslana with the song “Wild Dances”, and in 2016 by Jamala with the track “1944”.

Kalush Orchestra about winning Eurovision 2022: We did our best to bring it

This is Ukraine's third victory at Eurovision after 2004 and 2016 Photo: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

The artists agreed to participate in the competition after the disqualification of the winner of the National Selection Alina Pash – the organizers asked the State Border Service for information about the artist's visit to Crimea. The help provided by the singer turned out to be fake.

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