I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Kalush Orchestra are the winners hiding in plain sight. It is not the best song in this Contest – far from it – but are you going to be seen to be voting against Ukraine at this point?
That may, or may not, cloud my judgement on this performance. If I am purely basing this on the performance, it is at least one repetition of the chorus too long, it has a man in a jelly mould hat rapping at me, something which is clearly still in in Ukraine but has been left out of the real world since at least 1998. It provides the Eurovision quota of ethnic music, and all this is presented by a band who do nothing but move around on stage coupled with a dancing shaman. The blue and yellow symbolism has been cut down and the lighting is now predominately red, and there is an inclusion of breakdancing in the middle of it all to distract you.
It looks ridiculous and messy on screen. It sounds like it has far far too many words for anyone who views this as a standalone performance, and under normal circumstances I would say that it’s qualifying down in about 9th or 10th out of this semi, because it literally runs out of ideas 30 seconds from the end. Couple that with the first five songs being all a bit dull, this does stand out like the proverbial punch in the face that Europe needs. It is the bastard child of “Shum” and Denmark 1997, and I don’t necessarily mean that as a compliment.
You then say “Ukraine” and “War” and, as I have stated, you have televoter gold. Your simple televoter will, for the most part, ignore what they have seen and throw sympathy/pity points at this like confetti at a wedding. The jurors will be scared into not voting this down, because their names are going to be associated with their scores by anyone who cares to look.
Worst Eurovision coming for all of us wait and see.. many nice entries will nq because of the stagings.. the show will look like a national final.. the voting results will be mostly predictable..70% of the juries will send their 8,10,12 to Ukraine and the winner will be Ukraine.
— 💛💙🇦🇱🇦🇿🇨🇾🇪🇸 (@voilaesc) May 4, 2022
Don’t listen to the ‘sympathy vote’ whiners. #Ukraine was a bolted on contender before any of that nasty business, and they’ve kept it simple and to the point here. It tires a tad in the third act for sure, but sod it, it looks and sounds great. #Eurovision
— EurovisionApocalypse (@ESCApocalypse) May 4, 2022
Another great run through for Ukraine, a definite qualifier after that if it was ever in doubt #Eurovision
— Musiable | News and blogs about Eurovision (@musiable) May 4, 2022
Understandably, National Pride plays a big role in Ukraine’s stage show. Very effective use of lighting and floor LEDS to create a visually compelling performance that keeps changing but never feels messy.
Plentiful wide shots will also make the audience a big feature here.
— Eurovision Insight (@ESCinsight) May 4, 2022