UKRAINE / PRESS RELEASE – Participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is an important step for Ukraine during the war.
This was stated by the Head of the Managing Board of UA: PBC Mykola Chernotytskyi on 28 April during a press conference of representatives of the Public Broadcaster, Friends Production and Kalush Orchestra at the Ukraine Media Center in Lviv.
“We believe that Ukraine’s representation at Eurovision is an important part of the country’s participation in European life. It is also our representation. The band representing the country also has an important mission to promote Ukraine. That’s why I hope that they will win,” the Head of the Managing Board of UA: PBC said.
Separately, Mykola Chernotytskyi noted that in response to the initiative of the Public Broadcaster, Russia was banned from the Eurovision Song Contest.
Mykola Chernotytskyi also said that the contest will be broadcast online on the UA: KULTURA TV channel and on the digital platforms of the Public Broadcaster.
“This year, the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will be broadcast on UA: KULTURA TV channel and on digital platforms. The semi-finals and finals will be definitely broadcast on UA: KULTURA. Regarding the final, we have a discussion with other media groups, perhaps part of the marathon will be dedicated to it. The decision has not been made yet,” he said.
The leader of Kalush Orchestra Oleh Psiuk revealed the details of the stage costumes of the band members at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
“The Panama hat will be there for sure. Blue and yellow symbols will be there too. The costumes will differ by 50%,” Oleh Psiuk shared.
The head of the Ukrainian delegation, Oksana Skybinska, also spoke about the preparations for the song contest and the events that will take place during the two weeks before Eurovision.
“There will be two press conferences in Turin, on 30 April and 4 May, before the first semifinal. There are also press conferences after the first semifinal and after the grand final on 14 May,” Oksana Skybinska said.
Oleksii Zhembrovskyi, director of Ukraine’s performance at Eurovision 2022 (Friends Production company), explained how the non-political character was ensured.
“In the dialogue with the EBU, we encountered this issue several times during the development phase of the performance, and have already reworked it several times, following all the requirements. Therefore, this issue has already been resolved and will visually look decent. For the director, first of all, it is important not only to visualize the song, but also to convey its energy. The best thing for us is the strength of our guys’ spirit and the power of our native land’s energy. Therefore, all the visual effects we use will be focused on this. The spotlight will, of course, be on the artist who transmits this energy, and the visual effects will paint the ornament of the Ukrainian soul,” Zhembrovskyi shared.
Immediately after the press conference, the Ukrainian delegation left for Turin. For this trip, the Public Broadcaster received a special permit from the state authorities to travel abroad.
Kalush Orchestra will perform the song, Stefania, under number 6 in the first semifinal on 10 May.
It should be noted that Kalush Orchestra recently returned from a promotional tour before Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
They visited Israel, the Netherlands, Spain and Poland where they raised funds to help Ukraine. Immediately after returning to Ukraine, the musicians went to Irpin, where they gave an open-air concert.