This year’s Eurovision has been political from the start.
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No, I don’t mean to use “give peace a chance” in the opening number.
Although it was clearly not accidental either.
It’s not so important about the Ukrainian “Stefania” (Стефанія) It was the best musical feature. Despite the fact that the undersigned at least liked the inspiring use of ’90s chimes and manic flute with lampshade hat and spitting rap.
Eurovision has always been about more than just music. Although it is based on the dream of being able to unite Europe in front of television screens at the moment of a campfire.
Of course, it doesn’t work that way. Everything is political at Eurovision.
The voting rules were changed a few years ago to prevent eastern European (and Nordic) countries from simply voting on each other. Cyprus always awards Greece 12 points and vice versa. These are the political thin lines.
The most problematic thing is Turkey Boycott after Conchita Wurst’s win in 2014. Police investigation into Azerbaijanis who voted in favor of Armenia’s contribution in 2009, Armenia’s use of the flag of the Republic of Artsakh in the 2016 semi-finals and of course the Norwegian dancer Mona Berntsen in turn by the Israeli police After the Palestinian flag appeared during Madonna’s appearance in the Tel Aviv final in 2019, there are several examples.
Russia became known He was kicked out of this year’s final After the attack on Ukraine in February.
This is not the first time that Eurovision has quarreled with Putin in recent years. In the final of 2017 in Kyiv Ukraine suspended the Russian participant Because she toured Crimea after Russia’s 2014 annexation.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) threatened to shut down … the Ukraine organization.
The previous year’s winning song, “1944,” was about Stalin’s deportation of the Tatars in Crimea during World War II. It was supposed to be a problem.
While the 3G Georgian trio was disqualified by the European Broadcasting Union in 2009 for its disco contribution with the exact title “We don’t want to put in”. The final was in Moscow.
It’s not that the EU excluded Russia on its own this time either. This came after pressure from several countries.
Nor is the case that the jury voted for Ukraine. After all the jury votes were counted, the Ukrainian contribution came in fourth place with five twelve points, 91 points behind Great Britain, which got eight twelve points.
Zelenskyj wants Eurovision for ‘Free Mariupol’
This is what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote in a congratulatory letter to this year’s Eurovision winners.
Then people gave a historical record 439 points. And Ukraine and the Kalush Orchestra, they say, never needed to look back.
By the way, it was Alina Bash who would represent Ukraine in the final. She was later disqualified by her home country after breaching the same travel rules as the Russian 2017 Post.
The Kalush Orchestra is the second place that became number one.
It is difficult to achieve a more symbolic victory for a nation that has been under attack by one of the world’s superpowers for nearly three months.
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