Inside the bunker where Ukraine’s answer to Graham Norton will host Eurovision


The 36-year-old started the war as a driver, delivering aid and transporting refugees across the border. In March, he co-organized a “Save Ukraine” rally in Warsaw.

Back in kyiv after the withdrawal of Russian forces from the region, he relaunched his morning show: it’s about the war, of course, but with a “lighter tone” than direct news.

On Saturday evening, Mr. Miroshnychenko will encourage the Ukrainian participants Kalush Orchestra to win the first prize in the final, carried by a wave of international sympathy. Many of his compatriots will follow under curfew.

Eurovision was founded in 1956 as a light show intended to help unify a war-torn continent. That story still resonates today, Mr. Miroshnychenko said.

“It may now be the most important contest in Eurovision history. To unite everyone, not only the governments of their countries, but mainly the peoples of these countries. Its very important.”

In the final, Kalush Orchestra’s mix of rap and traditional Ukrainian music should win the public’s vote. If he also performs well with professional juries, then Kyiv have a good chance of winning for the third time in 17 appearances.

Her song, Stefania, is a tribute to singer Oleh Psiuk’s mother sung entirely in Ukrainian – only the second time the language has been used in the final Eurovision story.

It’s punchy and melodious, weaving rap verses around the sounds of the telenka, a long wooden flute-like instrument.


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