He shouldn't be there. However, it was the most anticipated formation of Eurovision this Saturday evening live from Turin (Italy). The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra was greeted with a huge ovation. A symbol while the country of the six musicians is on fire and blood. But they held on despite not even qualifying for the contest. On February 12, when Russia had not yet started the war, Kalush Orchestra came 2nd in the preselections won by Alina Pash. Except that the singer was overtaken by a controversy around a trip to Crimea illegally annexed by Russia and preferred to give up the competition.
At Eurovision, we don't do politics. However, before leaving the stage, the leader of Kalush Orchestra appealed to the 200 million viewers who followed the event: "Please help Mariupol, help Azovstal, immediately", in reference to the factory where the last Ukrainian soldiers of the city are entrenched. A rare or even unique moment in the history of the competition.