Is Ukraine in Eurovision 2022? Explanation of entry and odds to win

Ukraine’s Stefania contest song has taken on a new meaning since the Russian invasion

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The country that took the lead was Ukraine, with their song Stefani performed by Kalush Orchestra.

Here’s everything you need to know about rapper Oleh Psiuk and whether Ukraine can win Eurovision.

Who is Oleh Psiuk?

Oleg Psiuk is a Ukrainian musician and rapper, a member of the rap group Kalush Orchestra.

Psiuk wrote their Eurovision song Stefania in honor of his mother and to raise awareness about

Ukrainian culture and language on national background.

In the midst of the war in Ukraine, the lyrics became symbolic of something else, namely the lyrics, “I will always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed”.

Who is the Kalush Orchestra?

Kalush Orchestra performs for Ukrainian Jewish refugees in Jerusalem

The Ukrainian rap group was formed in 2019 and consists of rapper Oleh Psiuk, multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk, dancer Vlad Kurochka, sopilka player Vitalii Duzhyk and singers Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk.

They combine rap music with traditional Ukrainian folk music to create a unique sound that presents Ukrainian culture and heritage with a modern twist.

The Kalush Orchestra was not the first choice for Ukraine at Eurovision, they finished second in the national selection process, losing to Alina Pash.

However, they were later awarded first prize in February after news broke that Pash had arrived in the annexed Crimea region.

Speaking to Eurovision about their music, they said: “We’re showing our roots and we’re showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.

“That is why we have been successful at home and we hope that we can find that reception internationally as well. We take something old, and we make it sound modern. “

When will the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 take place?

The Eurovision Song Contest is back, starting in Turin, Italy on May 10

The Eurovision Song Contest will begin on May 10, in Turin, Italy, with the final taking place on May 14.

The competition started with 40 countries, with two semi-finals set for May 10 and May 12, bringing that number down to 26 for the grand final on May 14.

Six countries automatically qualify for the competition: The host country and the “Big Five” include France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

What is the Ukrainian Eurovision song?

The Ukrainian Eurovision song Stefania was written by Psiuk in honor of his mother. However, after Russia invaded Ukraine, these words took on new meanings.

Speaking to Eurovision, they said: “We feel a great responsibility because we have received a permit to leave Ukraine to come here. We have a duty to be useful to our country at this time.

“We haven’t had any chance to train together for a long time, but now, we’ve switched to ‘additional mode’. We’re all working really hard and we’re all doing what we can to make this happen.

“We love seeing people sing our songs, even if they don’t know all the words. We really appreciate seeing people supporting Ukraine, and supporting us.”

In Ukraine, men aged 18-60 cannot leave the country without a good reason.

Some members of the band were unable to participate in the competition, instead remaining in service with the Ukrainian territorial forces.

What are the odds for Ukraine to win Eurovision?

William Hill beat Ukraine to win this year’s contest, giving their Kalush Orchestra song Stefania the highest odds.

Here are the latest odds for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022:

  • Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra, “Stefania” – 11/8
  • Italy: Mahmood and Blanco, “Brividi” – 9/2
  • Sweden: Cornelia Jakobs, “Hold Me Closer” – 11/2
  • United Kingdom: Sam Ryder, “Space Man” – 10/1
  • Spain: Chanel, “SloMo” – January 16
  • Greece: Amanda Tenfjord, “Dying Together” – January 20
  • Norway: Subwoolfer, “Give That Wolf a Banana” – 1/33
  • Poland: Ochman, “River” – 40/1
  • Netherlands: S10, “De Diepte” – 50/1
  • Serbia: Konstrakta, “In Corpore Sano” – 66/1 Is Ukraine in Eurovision 2022? Explanation of entry and odds to win


Hung is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Hung joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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