The organising committee of the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2022 met this morning and decided that the group will definitely represent the country at Eurovision 2022.
“We are grateful to everyone who supported us in the national selection final and gave us the first place in the SMS vote. We promise all Ukrainians that we will justify their choice. In difficult times for our country we must assert ourselves before the world. That is why we are ready to represent Ukraine with dignity in front of Europe”. These were the words of the band’s vocalist in response to Suspilne’s announcement of their participation in Eurovision 2022
On 17 February, the Ukrainian public broadcaster already offered Kalush Orchestra a ticket to Eurovision 2022 after the withdrawal of Alina Pash, the winner of Vidbir. Kalush Orchestra came in second place, but only a few points behind the winner. In fact, the group received the highest televote score of 8, but the jury’s 6 points prevented them from winning
The group subsequently announced that they would accept to go to Eurovision, although their participation was not entirely clear, especially since it became known that their record label is Sony Music, based in Russia and not in Ukraine. Finally Suspilne has confirmed Kalush Orchestra’s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Turin on 10, 12 and 14 May
Since Alina was proclaimed winner of Vidbir 2022, controversy erupted: the group Kalush Orchestra claimed that there were irregularities in the vote and also began to investigate the winner for an act she performed in Crimea, which at first seemed to comply with Ukrainian legality but became increasingly complicated, as it was found that the documents that the singer had presented about her entry into Crimea from an area permitted by Ukraine were not valid
All this controversy eventually led to Alina’s decision to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest, while she was still only the winner of the Ukrainian pre-selection Vidbir , without having been nominated as the country’s representative for the next Eurovision Song Contest. She said of the events that were taking place that she did not want to “continue to be part of this dirty story”.