Not even an ongoing warfare can hold President Volodymyr Zelensky from cheering on Ukraine’s champion within the Eurovision Music Contest.
“Very quickly within the remaining of Eurovision the continent and the entire world will hear our native phrase,” Zelensky stated in a brief video posted to his social media pages Saturday because the competitors received underway.
“I consider that, in the long run, this phrase will probably be ‘Victory!’” he added — urging viewers to forged their votes for Kalush Orchestra, Ukraine’s consultant within the 66-year-old worldwide competitors.
The hybrid folk-rap band is closely favored to win for “Stefania,” a tribute to frontman Oleh Psiuk’s mom.
The long-running musical extravaganza has pitted acts representing the nations of the European Broadcast Union in a head-to-head battle of the bands since 1956.
This yr’s present, in Turin, Italy, noticed 40 nations preventing for the coveted glass microphone.
The competitors is thought for its over-the-top staging — and for launching the careers of superstars like ABBA and Celine Dion.