This week it became known that the Ukranian entrants of this year’s contest will not have to record a live-on-tape performance, as they are fighting against the Russians in a war. Next to this, it would be impossible for them to record a live-on-tape performance, because it is necessary for an EBU representative to be present to make sure that all rules are being met.
The official statement
The Deputy Director of the Italian National Broadcaster Rai 1, Claudio Fasulo, has stated that Ukraine does not have to record a live-on-tape performance of their song “Stefania”, performed by Kalush Orchestra.
“Given the conditions we have waived the fact that the live-on-tape must be made with certain characteristics: eventually, we would use the video of their Vidbir (national selection) selection performance.”Claudio Fasule, Deputy Director of the Italian National Broadcaster Rai
The Ukranian delegation
The delegation of Ukraine had plans to film a live-on-tape recording in the city of Lviv in Ukraine, but in the past couple of weeks this city has also become the landscape of war due to Russian bombings.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Italian National Broadcaster (Rai) are still planning the live performance of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra in Turin, but we have to see if the possibility for this to happen will occur. We will keep you posted on ESCplus, of course.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10th (Semi-final 1), 12th (Semi-final 2), and on the 14th (Grand Final) in Turin, Italy. Ukraine will perform 6th in the first Semi-final.