Ukraine’s contribution with political prayer on stage: – Please!

The Kalush Orchestra ended the performance with their hands on their hearts as they shouted:

“I pray for you all, please help Ukraine, Mariupol!”

Since it is not allowed to express themselves politically in this way, they risk being discarded.

TV 2 has spoken to a member of the Ukrainian delegation who confirms that they know about the potential consequences of expressing what they did.


Aftenposten’s cultural commentator Robert Gjestad does not think it will have consequences for the Kalush Orchestra.

– In theory and according to the rulebook, you can be the disk, but it will never happen in life. It had been the scandal of the times.

VG has asked the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) about the consequences of the incident.

“We understand the deep feelings around Ukraine at the moment, and consider the comments from the Kalush Orchestra and other artists who express support for the Ukrainian people as humanitarian rather than political in nature,” they told the newspaper.

There was tension around the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) wanting to censor Ukraine’s contribution Kalush Orchestra when they performed on stage.

During the dress rehearsal on Friday, where the press was allowed to be present, the rapper in the group tried and shouted out a message to those present.

The producers cut his voice, and it was impossible to hear what he was saying. Other countries, such as Spain and Australia, had the opportunity to thank the audience after they finished singing. But in Ukraine, the sound was cut immediately after the last stanza was sung.

During the final, the Kalush Orchestra was nevertheless allowed to speak politically to around 180 million TV viewers.

Iceland’s contribution, Systur, also supported Ukraine on stage. They shouted: “Peace for Ukraine!”

Clear goal

In an interview with TV 2 earlier this week, the frontman said that they hope that with their participation in Eurovision, they can show Europe that their culture is still alive, despite the war that is still raging in their home country.

– It is a difficult situation in Ukraine now. My family is in the west, but it’s a risk all over the country. Rockets fly over people’s houses daily, there are three or four aircraft alarms per day. It’s a lottery. One never knows what may happen, so no one can feel safe in Ukraine right now, Psyuk says before continuing:

– The Ukrainian culture is threatened, and it is being destroyed now while we are talking about it. Our goal is to show Europe that our culture is alive, that it is unique and that we have a lot to offer.

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