Eurovision 2022: Croatia and Slovenia without finals, applause to Ukrainians – BBC News in Serbian

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Members of the Kalush Orchestra have been given special permission to leave Ukraine to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest, because men have an obligation to stay in the country and fight in the war.

Croatia and Slovenia did not make it to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, while the representatives of Ukraine received great applause and applause.

Croatian singer Mia Dimšić with a song Guilty Pleasure and a Slovenian band Last Pizza Slice (The last piece of pizza) with the song Disco did not go well with the audience and the jury.

As expected, in the finals, on Saturday, May 14, the representative of Ukraine, the Kalush Orchestra, which is considered the biggest favorite to win at the bookmakers, was placed.

After going on stage in Turin, members of the Ukrainian group, who came to Eurovision on the basis of a special permit to leave the country where the war is going on and where the mobilization of all healthy and capable adult men is in force, received applause from the audience.

Representatives of Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands also qualified for the finals.

On Thursday, May 12, among other singers from Konstrakt from Serbia, they will fight for a place in the finals with a song In corpore healthyMontenegrin representative Vladana Vucinic with a song Breathe (Breathe) and singer Andrea Koevska from Northern Macedonia with a song Circles (Circles).

In the finals on Saturday, according to the provisions of the competition, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, France and the host Italy, members of the so-called “Big Five” of Eurovision.

The system was introduced as the “Big Four” in 2000, but was extended to Italy when it returned to competition in 2011 after a 14-year absence.

According to the rules, in addition to these countries, the sixth country – the host of the competition – will go directly to the finals, but since this is Italy this year, the number of direct participants in the finals is five.

A total of 26 countries will compete in the finals.

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Albanian Ronela Hayati opened the first semifinal evening

How to vote

The finalists, as in previous years, are chosen together by an expert jury and an audience from 17 countries competing in the first semifinal, but also from Italy and France, which were drawn to vote in the first night of the competition.

Jury members voted during the dress rehearsal on Monday night, and viewers voted on Tuesday night, as all the songs were presented.

This voting system was introduced in 2016. The jury and spectators from each country award a special set of points from 1 to 8, 10 and 12, which are then added up and the final list is obtained.

Is it possible to vote from Serbia

As the representative of Serbia, Ana Đurić Konstrakta, competes in the second semifinal on Thursday, the spectators from Serbia could not vote for the favorites tonight.

Viewers in Serbia will be able to vote in the second semifinal and final.

The first semi-final night – what are we all heard and saw

Energetic performance by Albanian Ronela Hayati who waved her hair like a propeller, Letonka fans in colorful suits that promoted a healthy life with the message “Eat salad”, Lithuanian Monica Liju she reminded of the legendary Edith Piaf, and the Swiss Marius Baer, ​​until recently a street musician and untried mechanical engineer, admitted that and the boys cryas the title of his song reads.

Playful Slovenes are us taken to the discoto be followed by the Ukrainian Kalush with by combining ethno sound and rap in Stefanija’s song.

These are like Jamiroquai on steroids, read one of the comments on social networks.

Kalush
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Kalush

Their performance had the great support of the full hall in Turin, and the message from the stage was: “Support for Ukraine”.


Watch the video about the Ukrainian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022:

Ukraine’s dream of winning the Eurovision Song Contest
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An experienced group of musicians from Bulgaria gathered in Intelligent Music Project it brought a harder, rocker sound, perhaps playing on the card of last year’s success of the Italian band Maneskin.

While the Netherlands sent a singer with a powerful voiceMoldova was represented by a playful group a song that could be played at weddings across the Balkans.

Moldova
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Moldavska group Zdob and Zdub

“Hey, ho lets go, folklore rock and roll”, sing the guys from the band, and the audience welcomed the end of their performance with loud applause.

One of the comments on social networks about Moldova’s performance:

Portugal sent a talented singer with the stage name Maro to Eurovision, presenting traditional fado in a modern guise.

Mia Dimšić, young Croatian singershe sang in Croatian and English, saying that she wanted to spend every day with him and that it was “time for us”.

On social media, some wondered what Mia sang in English:

The women dominated the first semifinal evenings, and the proof of that is that performance of the four-member Danish band Redi composed of singers and musicians.

“I’m not sorry, just watch me, I’ll continue the show, I’m not afraid of what awaits me,” these girls sing.

He introduced Austria cheerful duoand an Icelandic family band Sisterswhich consists of three sisters singer and guitarist and a drummer brother.

A song that translates as The rising sunhas a simple but effective acoustic guitar sound with gentle vocals.

Amanda Tenfjord, a singer of Greek-Norwegian descent, did not bring the traditional Greek sound, singing in English about eternal love and dying togetheras the song reads.

With stylized, yellow wolf masks, a performance by a Norwegian pop duo Subwoolfer valid for one of the craziest so farand they describe themselves as “the biggest band in the galaxy.”

Not much is known about them

About how unusual the speeches and the title of the song are Give the wolf a banana.

Although she said on the eve of the competition that she is aware that she is an outsider and that she is not given great chances, the singer from Armenia Rosa Lin received a big applause for the song Snap.

The results of the voting denied her – she qualified for the finals.

What is the Eurovision Song Contest?

The Eurovision Song Contest was first held in 1956, when seven countries participated.

It is an annual festival of popular music of a competitive nature, in which performers from many countries whose national television broadcasters are active members of the European Broadcasting Union participate.

Each national television-participant in the competition chooses a song that is performed live as a representative of the country in a live television broadcast.

The winner is the song that garnered the most votes from the jury and the audience.

When four songs were declared the winners in 1969, the host of the next competition was decided by lot.

Since 1981, all editions of the Eurovision Song Contest have been held in the country that won the previous year.

The competition was not held only in 2020 due to the corona virus pandemic.

Eurovision in Turin
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As many as 17 Italian cities have applied to host the competition this year after the Moneskin group won in 2021.

The first competition, held in Lugano, Switzerland on May 24, 1956, was attended by France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and the host Switzerland.

Each country sent two songs, so there were a total of 14 songs.

This was the only choice in which countries had more than one song; since 1957, participating countries have been allowed to send only one song.

The following year, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Austria joined, disqualified from the first festival due to late applications.

The number of participating countries has been growing since then, especially after the break-up of the Soviet Union and then the former Yugoslavia.

A record number of 43 countries participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, and in 2011 and 2018 that record was tied.

Ireland has had the most victories so far, as many as seven times, but the last time this country triumphed was in 1996.

For the best Eurovision song of all timeaccording to a source in the BBC viewers, the Waterloo of the Swedish group Aba was chosen.

The European Broadcasting Union (ERU) has changed its rules over time, allowing non-European countries to participate as well.

This enabled the participation of Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya.

But, apart from Israel, which has been performing since 1973, only Morocco has participated once, in 1980.

Lebanon was supposed to perform for the first time in 2005, but withdrew after refusing to broadcast the performance of the Israeli representative.

In 2015, Australia was invited as a special guest on the occasion of the jubilee 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, although it does not belong to the European Broadcasting Area.

Since then, Australia has regularly participated in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The former Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest once.

It was in 1989, when the Croatian group Riva triumphed with a song Rock me baby.

After the disintegration of Yugoslavia, only Serbia managed to win the competition in 2007.

Then, with the song Prayer, Marija Šerifović won the competition held in Helsinki.

Out of a total of 41 countries, except Serbia, which voted at the Eurovision Song Contest, Molitva received a maximum of 12 points nine times, of which five times from the former Yugoslav republics.

The Serbian representative defeated the Ukrainian representative with a difference of 33 points.

At the Eurovision Song Contest, it also happens that politics gets its fingers mixed up.

So it was, say, last year Belarus disqualified because of the lyrics of the song, because the organizers judged it to have a political connotation.

And this year it is Russia banned from participating in the invasion of Ukraine.


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