Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest with hip-hop song Stefania . Kalush Orchestra beat out 24 competitors with Stefania, a rap lullaby combining Ukrainian folk with modern beats .
TURIN (Turna): Ukraine took the Eurovision Song Contest on Sunday, riding a wave of public support across Europe for the troubled nation and being fueled by an infectious hip-hop song.In the final of the world's biggest live music competition, the Kalush Orchestra beat out 24 competitors with Stefania, a rap lullaby combining Ukrainian folk with modern beats from an energetic, breakdancing band.Please help Ukraine and Mariupol!As the singer was applauded by a rousing audience, Azovstal needs help right now, urged frontman Oleh Psiuk in English from the stage.At the bizarre, unusual annual musical festival, Ukraine beat out scores of over-the-top performers, including Norway, whose Subwoolfer sang about bananas dressed in yellow wolf masks or Serbias Konstrakta, who questioned national healthcare while meticulously scrubbing her hands onstage.Martina Fries, a Swedish fan, told AFP that only at Eurovision people celebrate bananas, heartbreaks, and wash their hands in one and the same spectacle.Eurovision is a way to show that different nations will celebrate peacefully together.The camp and the clowning are the stars of Eurovision, though the almost three-month war in Ukraine dominated the festivities. Kalush Orchestras Stefania, composed before the war, blends traditional Ukrainian folk music with an energizing hip-hop beat and nostalgic lyrics depicting the homeland.The band put on a crowd-pleasing musical mashup, with the sound of obscure flute-like folk instruments and the sight of embroidered ethnic dress onstage, bringing the audience together to enjoy breakdancing and rapping.President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the group for winning the competition.Our zeal enchants the world, and our music enchants Europe, he wrote on Facebook. We are deeply worried about him and want to keep him healthy when we return.Other more realistic offerings included Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord and Brividi (Shivers), a duet from Italys Mahmood and Blanco, and Greeces Die Together by Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord and Brividi (Shivers).Italy wished that the gay-themed love song would bring it their second Eurovision title, after their 2013 hit Zitti e Buoni (Shut up and Behave) by high-octane glam rockers Maneskin.After a quarter-century of being tied for the top spot, Britain had hoped to have a winner in Space Man and its high notes belted by the affable, long-haired Ryder. Sheldon Riley of Australia, one of the few non-European entries in the Eurovision competition, sang his self-affirmation ballad Not the Same through a glittering face mask made of crystals.Since no Eurovision is complete without a smattering of gyrating and undulating bodies on stage, Spain's Chanel came to the rescue with her energetic dancing and memorable booty hypnotic refrain.The winner of the Eurovisions is chosen by a jury of musicians and members of the public from each country, with no votes being allowed for one country.