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The Road to Eurovision 2022: Kalush Orchestra (Ukraine)

It’s April and we have less than 60 days till the annual Eurovision contest that will happen next month. Get excited! If you don’t know what Eurovision is, I wrote a detailed post about the contest a couple of years ago. Basically, it is a singing contest where various countries around the world, mostly in Europe, compete in a week-long competition. It started in 1951 with only seven countries participating. But now in 2022, there will be forty countries competing in Turin, Italy. It is a huge event in the music world and across the globe.

(The US is currently running their own version of the contest called the American Song Contest right now on NBC. I might do a recap during Golden Week if I am lucky.)

I am back with my series “Road to Eurovision”, predicting who will win this year’s contest. Each day, I will feature a song from one of the countries. Then, I will make my own predictions of who will make it to the finals and win the competition. Good luck to those who are competing!

You can check out my commentaries on past years:

2021 | 2019 | 2016

Let’s get started!

Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania”

Folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine in this year’s competition. The band might be new to the Eurovision stage, but some members are not as multi-instrumentalist Ihor Didenchuk was in the competition last year as part of Go_A. The song is an ode to mothers as the narration talks about the good memories of mothers. It features nostalgic memories, the good and bad, and the realization of how much mothers have done for their families.

“Stefania” takes on something hip while featuring something nostalgic. The song is laid out as a lullaby with folk-like elements in the choruses. But it is the verses that take a modern approach by featuring rap. It is a high-energy tune with haunting melodies that areally catch the listener’s attention. This is one song that will most definitely make it to the finals

My Eurovision 2021 Predictions

Here are my predictions for this year’s contest. These are my own opinions and I am not getting paid or endorsed for them.

CountryMy Prediction
Ronela Hajati (Albania)Finals!
Citi Zēni (Latvia)Finals!
Monika Liu (Lithuania)Will Not Go Through
Marius Bear (Switzerland)Will Not Go Through
Last Pizza Slice (Slovenia)Will Not Go Through
Kalush Orchestra (Ukraine)Finals!

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Kalush Orchestra's "Stefania"

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