Russia should pretend that there is no Eurovision, because the competition has long been politicized, Elena Drapeko, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on Culture, actress of The Dawns Here Are Quiet told socialbites.ca. That is why the Ukrainian group commented on the victory of the Kalush Orchestra at Eurovision 2022 in Italy.
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“I think it doesn’t matter how they sing. “It was a demonstration of a strictly political nature,” Drapeko said.
According to her, this event “has ceased to be a singing competition” for a long time. That’s why we have to forget about Eurovision as if it didn’t exist. Therefore, I do not even want to comment on it, ”the actress summarized.
Singer Andrey Kosinsky, who represented Russia at Eurovision in 1996 with the song “I am Me”, spoke in a similar way in a conversation with socialbites.ca (he took 26th place and did not reach the final).
“When I participated, the name of the competition was “European Song”, it was about songs. All performed on equal terms in the same pop-symphony orchestra, performed in national languages, and the jury held before them interlinear translations of each song. No one jumped off the piano, no one played violin on the ice, and no one wore a beard in frock. It was a song contest, and now it looks like a political cabal, where friends vote for friends and neighbors for neighbors ”, the musician is dissatisfied.
He urged Russia not to participate in Eurovision in 2023 as it was a “political contest”.
Ukraine’s victory was commented on by Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“I admit, without the victory of Ukraine at Eurovision, the picture of what is happening to this country would not be complete. Hymns about national costumes and musical instruments, two Baba Oil with strings, break dance and Azovstal. Europe applauds. Curtain” talked about his claims about the performance.
Russian singer Filipp Kirkorov, who was a guest at Eurovision, saidHe said that the support of the team from Ukraine was strongly felt in the competition.
“There is definitely a certain emphasis on the Ukrainian theme. Many people in the hall are sitting with Ukrainian flags. “They’ll probably even have a chance to win because it’s so familiar and they’re on the stage no matter what they say, and they’re heroes in the European sense,” he said. rivalry.
“Europe is very loud in that style.” What is the Kalush Orchestra song about?
The Kalush Orchestra won with the composition “Stefania”. Written entirely in Ukrainian, it combines national motifs and rap.
The song was written before the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Vocalist of the group, Oleg Psyuk, announced that the track was dedicated to his mother.
Stephanie is my mother’s name. I dedicate this song to him and we will represent this song at Eurovision. This is an intimate and soulful piece with a Ukrainian ethnocode. Europe is very high in that style,” she said.
After the outbreak of hostilities, the piece took on new meanings. Thus, Pasyuk explained that the audience began to perceive him as the meaning “Ukraine is the mother of all of us.” The string sounded a new way: “Of course the will cannot be taken from me, because it gave it to me.” Ukrainians also began to associate the words “I will always come to you by bad roads” with longing for their homeland.
In the Eurovision final, the Kalush Orchestra group took fourth place in terms of national jury points, but received the most audience votes. In total, according to the voting results of the jury and the audience, the Kalush Orchestra received 631 points.
At the end of the final performance, the vocalist of the Ukrainian addressed the audience and urged Ukraine to support it.
“I beg you all – please help the Ukrainian Mariupol! Help Azovstal now!” He shouted.
Political statements are prohibited as per the competition rules. The organizer of Eurovision, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), announced that the call of the Kalush Orchestra can be considered humanitarian, not political.
“We understand the strong emotions when it comes to Ukraine these days, and we see the Kalush Orchestra and other artists’ declarations of support for the Ukrainian people as a humanitarian gesture rather than a political one,” the organizer said.
After winning Eurovision, the Kalush Orchestra released a video for their song. It was filmed in devastated Ukrainian cities and shows how Ukrainian military women evacuate children from battlefields.
Russia’s participation in Eurovision has been suspended this year following the start of a special operation. Spectators from Russia could not participate in the voting.
“No Russian group will participate in Eurovision this year. <...> This decision reflects concerns that Russia’s participation this year will discredit the competition, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine.” announced organizer.
Visiting Eurovision, Kirkorov noted that he did not feel any Russophobia. For me “Eurovision” was outside of politics, it remained that way. I don’t feel any difference. I came at the invitation of the organizers. There is a holiday, no one climbs with hostile antics, in any case I did not feel. “I was immersed in an atmosphere of celebration, love and good mood and enjoyed it very much.”