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Watch all the eurostars’ performances at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest 2022! (Videos)

Yesterday, the 17th of November, the concert Het Grote Songfestivalfeest took place three years after the last concert, which was back in 2019, at Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

More than 30 eurostars performed on stage for the massive audience and Eurovisionfun was there to cover the show! You will get the chance to watch exclusive videos of interviews with your favourite artists and their performances!

You can watch some of the performances of the artists below:

Johnny Logan – What’s Αnother Υear

Gjon’s Tears – Tout l’univers

Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone

TIX – Fallen Angel

Efendi – Mata Hari

The Roop – Discoteque

Sandra Kim – J’aime la vie

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Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra reacts to Liverpool hosting Eurovision 2023!

On Friday during “The One Show” on BBC, it was announced that Liverpool will host Eurovision 2023, on behalf of Ukraine. Kalush Orchestra, the winners of Eurovision 2022, released a statement reacting to the host city announcement:

“We are very pleased that next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool … Though we haven’t had the privilege of visiting yet, the musical heritage of the city is known all over the world. Playing in the same place that The Beatles started out will be a moment we’ll never forget!

“Although we are sad that next year’s competition cannot take place in our homeland, we know that the people of Liverpool will be warm hosts and the organisers will be able to add a real Ukrainian flavour to Eurovision 2023 in this city.”

Eurovision 2023 will take place at M&S Bank Arena during the following dates:

Semi-Final 1: 9 May 2023

Semi-Final 2: 11 May 2023

Grand Final: 13 May 2023

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Kalush Orchestra received a new trophy by EBU but they don’t know if they will keep it!

Kalush Orchestra received a new trophy for their victory on the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, since the last one was put up for auction and sold for 900.000$ in order to fund the Ukrainian military. The handmade glass microphone trophy is designed by Swedish artist Kjell Engman for Kosta Boda.

Today, the band received a new trophy. The leader of the group Oleg Psyuk says that he doesn’t know how the band will use it to benefit their country. However, they will firstly allow all Ukrainians to take photographs with it during their tour. This means that probably Kalush Orchestra will not keep their trophy again.

Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision 2022 with the song “Stefania”. The band has stated that they will help their country win again the contest, in order to be held in Ukraine this time.

 

 

 

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra sell the Eurovision trophy for $900,000!

Kalush Orchestra announced through their Facebook profile that they sell their Eurovision trophy through auction for $900,000. The buyer of the trophy is the company WhiteBit, from which came the eventual winning bid.

The owners of the company are Vladimir Nosov and Oleg Kayin, from Estonia and Ukraine respectively. The company is specialised in the trade of cryptocurrency and their target is to expand the cryptocurrency community and create a safe way for blockchain trading to spread.

In the post, Kalush Orchestra share their appreciation for everyone who has taken part in the auction

In their Facebook post, Kalush Orchestra say:

Friends, you are incredible!

We are grateful to each and every one of you who has donated to this auction – especially to the WhiteBit Team who have bought the trophy for $900,000 and have since become the owners of the trophy. 🏆

Subscribe to them, they really deserve it 💪

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Armed Forces 🇺🇦

The funded money will go to Serhiy Prytula, according to NEXTA. Serhiy Prytula is an Ukrainian army volunteer who also coordinated the auction of the Eurovision trophy. In his self-titled foundation, he raises funds to support the Ukrainian army wherever they need help.

NEXTA also reports that the funds will be used to purchase drones for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Kalush Orchestra also sold copies of the pink fisherman’s hat Oleh Psiuk has been wearing during the contest. The hats were for sale at $5 each, but it isn’t know how many copies are sold yet.

Source: ESCXTRA

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Kalush Orchestra auctions pink hat and Eurovision trophy

Oleh Psyuk, the lead singer of Kalush Orchestra confirmed their intention to auction their Eurovision trophy.  All proceeds from this auction are intended to help the Ukrainian military.  Oleh iconic pink hat which he wore during his Eurovision performance is also a part of the auction.

The auction

Starting in May 28th at 7 pm people who want to participate can donate 200 Grivna (around 5 euros) through this link.  Each participant will get one lottery ticket for every 200 grivna donation.  The winner of the lottery will get Oleh’s pink hat.  Moreover, the person who donates the most amount of money or in cryptocurrency will get the Eurovision 2022 trophy.

 

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“We are doing our best to help Ukraine. This is my panama hat, still with the sweat of my performance at Eurovision 2022. We want to sell this hat and all the proceeds will go to the Ukrainian military”  Oleh Psyuk

 

Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 held in Turin with their song Stefania.  The band received 631 points in the Grand Final, 439 coming from the televote making them the winners with the highest number of televote points in Eurovision history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1fl60ypdLs&ab_channel=EurovisionSongContest

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Timur Miroshnychenko talks on Ukraine’s victory and the 2023 contest

Eurovision 2017 and Junior Eurovision 2009 and 2013 host, Timur Miroshnychenko, spoke to The Euro Trip podcast on commentating for Ukrainian television from a bomb shelter, his feelings after Kalush Orchestra won and hosting the 2023 contest.

Timur has been commentating Eurovision for Ukraine since 2007, with the exception of 2017 when he hosted the contest along Oleksandr Skichko and Volodymyr Ostapchuk. His reaction to Ukraine’s third victory in the contest while commentating from a bomb shelter, made headlines. When asked what did he say when Ukraine was announced as a winner, he replies:

First of all I’ve said that this victory is dedicated to the armed forces of Ukraine, because of their heroism we had an opportunity to participate in this year Eurovision, and to be with the free world. On 24th of February we didn’t think about Eurovision of course we just thought about how to stay alive, and in May just 2 1/2 months after that date, we were there and right now we think where to host next year.

He revealed that on the second day of the war he had to fled Kiev with his family and go to the West of Ukraine, while he had to go back and volunteer on various occasions. Being one of the hosts of the most popular morning show on Ukrainian television, which was relaunched a few weeks after the Russian invasion, he feels that he helps from his part to uplift the morale of Ukrainians and that is what he also tried to do while commentating Eurovision.

Miroshnychenko praised Kalush Orchestra and explained that “Stefania” became an unofficial anthem of Ukraine even before their victory, when it was the soundtrack of thousands of posts from people in the frontline fleeing the country. When asked for the meaning of this victory to Ukrainians, he tells The Euro Trip podcast:

When the hosts announced the results we just blew up with emotions. I received  hundreds of thousands of messages on social media from Ukrainian people who have written to me “we cried with you” […] On 24th of February all of us thought that we are alone in this war, and the result of this year’s Eurovision is like a sign for all of us that hey guys we are here, we stand by you everything is gonna be ok.

When it comes on hosting next years contest, Timur says that he strongly believes in the Ukrainian armed forces and he hopes that the war will end soon, enabling Ukraine to welcome everyone and use this opportunity to thank them for their support during these difficult times. He also notes that this decision will be taken at a later stage but he believes that cities like Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odessa and Dnipro who had no big damages from the war, will be able to host next year’s Eurovision.

Below you can listen to the full interview of Timur Miroshnychenko

Do you think Ukraine will host Eurovision 2023? Tells us in the comments!

Kalush Orchestra: “Save Mariupol, Save Ukraine and Help Azovstal”

With a statement about the salvation of Ukraine, Mariupol and those trapped in the Azovstal factory, the only point of Mariupol not controlled by the Russians, the Kalush Orchestra, the big favorite for the victory in the  Eurovision Song Contest, finished their performance.

After performing their song Stefania, the Kalush Orchestra addressed the millions of viewers who watched them saying:

Save Mariupol, save Ukraine, help Azovstal!

The Kalush Orchestra are first on the betting table by a very large margin from the other entries, currently having a 60% chance of being the winners of the competition.

The contest continues and in a few hours we will know if they will manage to bring the third victory of Ukraine in the competition!

Ukraine: They remain the only country in the contest with no non-qualifications!

Yestarday’s qualification of the folk-rap band Kalush Orchestra representing, of course Ukraine, keeps the country’s record of having qualified for the final of every contest they have taken part in. The uniqueness of the song and the whole political circumstances, made the Eastern European country, win the ticket for the Grand Final once again.

Kalush Orchestra’s live performance with the song “Stefania” kept the country on top of the betting odds and with a “safe distance” from the second place, Italy. The video of their live performance on YouTube has gotten more than 826.000 views in just a few hours.

After Ukraine, the countries with only one non-qualification in the semi-finals are:

  • Sweden (2010)*
  • Azerbaijan (2018)*
  • Australia (2021)*

* All of these countries are competing in the second semi-final where we’ll find out whether these numbers will remain the same.

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Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi Final! (Live)

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! We can already hear the “Sound of Music” echoing from Pala Olimpico in Turin and it’s just a few days before we finally know who is actually going to win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

The dress rehearsal of the Eurovision 2022 First Semi Final has just started. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live at both the on-site press centre in Turin and at the online press centre and we will be covering this rehearsal, commenting on all the performances and describing in detail what is happening during the show.

You will be able to to follow the entire process and get the feeling that you are right at the heart of the contest! This article gets updated in nearly real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest details about this dress rehearsal for the First Semi Final show, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow May 10th, at 21:00 CEST when the actual semi-final show takes place.

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Eurovision 2022: Ukraine’s Second Rehearsal!

The second section of the 5th day of rehearsals in Turin starts with Ukraine. Ukraine is the big odds’ favourite, giving them a 43% possibility of winning! The first rehearsal seemed similar to the performance of the national selection. The members of Kalush Orchestra wore traditional clothes, while light and blue lighting dominated the staging. Kalush Orchestra with their song ‘Stefania’ come on stage for their second rehearsal hoping to live up to the people’s expectations.

The Second Rehearsal

Ukraine’s rehearsal starts with a close shot on the front water part of the stage, the water has orange color. The yellow and orange colors are dominant in the backround also.  The artists of the band are standing still being shadowed by the lighting. Then the rap part hits, the staging here is similar to the national selection’s one. There is a cool effect with their shadows on the led floor, being surrounded by an orange-sunset like color. They are doing a characteristic grooving move. The artists are wearing traditional clothes. In the instrumental they are dancing like in the national selection performance. In the second pre-chorus we see again the shadows in the led floor grooving but the shadows this time are multi-colored with traditional shapes. In the second chorus the backround turns blue. The performance is much more enhanced compared to the national selection one. The staging features wide use of the led floor. In the bridge, the artists are clapping cheering the audience to clap, too and the backround turns again to orange. There are shots in the audience. At the last intrumental part the dancer is doing some moves in the middle, while there is a good shot from above showing the effects of the led floor. At the end each member of the band becomes more free. They are bringing a party on the Eurovision stage!

Below you can watch an exclusive preview clip of Kalush Orchestra’s second rehearsal:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fPi0kFryLI

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