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The Ukrainian Eurovision participant Kalush Orchestra makes it to the final with “Stefania”.

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The Ukrainian Eurovision participant Kalush Orchestra is in the final on Saturday with his song “Stefania”.

At the semi-finals, held in Turin on Tuesday evening (May 10), 17 different artists from the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Norway, Ukraine and more competed for 10 spots in the grand final.

The performance of the Kalush Orchestra received a standing ovation from the crowd.

The other finalists were Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Moldova and the Netherlands.

Ukraine’s Eurovision entry previously spoke of the responsibility they feel representing their war-torn country at this year’s song contest.

“I represent Ukraine at this difficult time of war and I want to do my best to be another mouthpiece for Ukraine,” frontman Oleh Psiuk told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat amid his country’s ongoing struggle against the Russian invaders.

He said he observed a “striking contrast” when visiting Israel and the Netherlands: “People here are not worried at all [about the war] and it’s quite unusual.

“A lot of people might see everything that happened as some kind of war movie, but it’s very hard when it happens to you and your family.

“When you wake up in the morning and you’re not sure if your family and friends are still alive.”

Italy won the honor of hosting Eurovision after rock band Maneskin triumphed in their 2021 entry in the competition last year with their song “Zitti e Buoni”.

In February, Russia was banned from participating in that year’s Eurovision due to the invasion.

“The EBU [European Broadcasting Union] has announced that no Russian acts will participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” the statement said in February.

The EBU said it had consulted its members “extensively” on the matter and made a decision based on “a recommendation from the Eurovision Song Contest governing body earlier this morning”.

“The decision reflects concern that, given the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, including a Russian entry in this year’s competition would bring the competition into disrepute,” said a representative.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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