Michel Imhof from Turin (I)
The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is the happy winner of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin (I). In view of the ongoing war in Ukraine, many criticize that Ukraine’s victory is solely for political reasons.
Anyone who claims this fails to recognize that Ukraine is one of the most successful nations at the ESC. Since its first participation in 2003, the country has never failed in the semi-finals and has won the title three times.
But of course solidarity with Ukraine was also shown on Saturday evening!
Even the origin of the ESC is political
The ESC has been political for as long as it has existed. It was founded in 1956 to unite Europe, which had been shaken by the Second World War, with music. In 1982, the German Nicole (57) won with “A Little Peace” in the middle of the Cold War. In 2009, the Georgian contribution was excluded because the country wanted to send the song entitled “We Don’t Wanna Put In” to the ESC after the Caucasus War. In 2019, the Icelandic TV station RÚV was fined 5,000 euros because the band Hatari showed the Palestine flag when awarding points.
It is impossible to separate politics and ESC. When the war in the Ukraine hopefully comes to an end soon, when peace finally prevails, then the music can sound completely apolitical again.