Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra were crowned winners at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin in the early hours of Sunday, snagging 439 points from the public votes.
“The victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine,” frontman Oleh Psiuk said in the group's first news conference after the win.
Kalush Orchestra were in fourth place following the jury votes, but stormed to the top of the leaderboard after the public votes were announced.
At the end of their performance, Psiuk said to the audience in English, “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”
Their entry 'Stefania,' sung in Ukrainian, fuses rap with traditional folk music and was written as a tribute to Psiuk's mother. After the outbreak of the war, the song acquired a suggestive, symbolic meaning as it was dedicated to all Ukrainian mothers.
The leader of the #Kalush Orchestra group, after his performance at the #Eurovision 2022 final, addressed the world community from the stage and shouted: "Please help #Azovstal, help #Mariupol!" pic.twitter.com/tfDJlZwHp3— NEXTA (@nexta_tv) May 14, 2022