Moment Ukraine’s answer to Graham Norton celebrates Eurovision victory: Commentator in bomb shelter bangs table and cheers with excitement as folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra win song contest
- Ukraine’s commentator celebrates their Eurovision win from a bomb shelter
- Timur Miroshnychenko, 36, can be seen cheering and slamming the table
- Folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra had been overwhelming competition favourite
- The six-member, all-male band had special permission to leave the country
This is the moment Ukraine’s Eurovision commentator, Timur Miroshnychenko, celebrates in a bomb shelter after the country’s victory in the song contest last night.
He leans forward in anticipation as the audience points come in, before standing up and banging the table in excitement as the win for Ukraine is confirmed.
The television presenter then stands, arms wide in a triumphant pose, cheering the win for Ukraine.
On his screen, folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra can be seen jumping with excitement as they are announced as the winners of the song contest.
He leans forward to the screen again, watching the group celebrate live in Turin, before waving a hand in the air and cheering some more.
He leans forward in anticipation as the audience points come in, before standing up and banging the table in excitement as the win for Ukraine is confirmed
The television host then stands, arms wide in a triumphant pose, cheering the win for Ukraine
On his screen, folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra can be seen jumping with excitement as they are announced as the winners of the song contest
Inside the bomb shelter, plaster is coming from the walls, leaving brick exposed.
Mr Miroshnychenko, 36, has commentated or presented the Eurovision song contest for Ukraine since 2007.
He co-hosted the song contest final in 2017 in Kyiv after Ukraine’s victory in the 2016 competition.
During the war, he has been driving refugees to safety and transporting aid, the Telegraph reports.
The war-torn nation ended on 631 points while the UK finished second with 466 points. Spain finished third with 459 with Sweden fourth on 438.
Kalush Orchestra delivered an emotional rendition of their song Stefania, which has become a war anthem for Ukraine during the invasion.
The gloomy shelter features a single light bulb and exposed brick alongside a mass of wires
The folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra celebrate wildly after winning Eurovision for Ukraine
The band said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: ‘We’re showing off our roots, and we’re showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.
‘That’s why we’ve found success at home, and we hope that we can find that sort of reception internationally, as well. We take something old, and we make it sound modern.’
Receiving the coveted trophy, the band said: ‘Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.’
Kalush Orchestra was the favourite to win amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of their country, with both Russia and Belarus banned from competing in the contest.
They performed in elaborate outfits, including long multi-coloured fringed ensembles, a pink bucket hat and traditional patterns.
Their performance, which combined rap and Ukrainian folklore, went down well with the audience of 7,000 in the Pala Olimpico, who cheered the group on with many waving Ukrainian flags.
Kalush Orchestra had earlier delivered an emotional rendition of their song Stefania for Ukraine. The band was the favourite to win amid Vladimir Putin’s invasion of their country
Members of the band ‘Kalush Orchestra’ perform on behalf of Ukraine during the final of the Eurovision Song contest 2022
The band’s song, ‘Stefania,’ was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother, but has transformed since Russia’s invasion on February 24 into a war anthem.
The lyrics ‘I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,’ written by frontman Oleh Psiuk, are said to have taken on a special meaning in light of the war.
The six-member, all-male band received special permission to leave the country to represent Ukraine and Ukrainian culture at the music contest. One of the original members stayed to fight and the others plan to return as soon as the contest is over.
At the end of the performance, which included break-dancing, the group thanked everyone for supporting Ukraine.
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