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In the midst of the war, Ukraine likes to win the Eurovision Song Contest

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For 11 weeks, the Ukrainians have been embroiled in war, destruction and loss. But on Saturday, they can celebrate the victory: the country’s exciting, hip-hop infused song “Stefania” Eurovision is in favor of winning the song contest, a cultural event that helped launch Abba and Celine Dion and is watched by 200 million people annually.

“Stefania,” an anthem from the Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine, originally written to honor the mother of the group’s pioneer, Oleh Saik. But after the war, it was redefined as a tribute to the motherland, Ukraine. The lyrics include songs that are almost translated, “You can’t take my will from me as I got it from him,” and “I will always find my way home even if the roads are broken.”

The wildly popular Eurovision Song Contest, a famous over-the-top performance by kitsch, whose past winners include the favorite Finnish heavy metal monster band blowing meat smoke slabs on stage, has taken on a particularly political overton this year.

In February, the organizers of the event banned Russia from participating in the competition, a showcase aimed at promoting European unity and cultural exchanges, citing fears that Russia’s involvement would tarnish its image.

The move underscores Russia’s sharp deviation from the international community, including the scope of culture. Russia began competing in the world’s largest song competition in 1994 and has competed more than 20 times. After the political and economic turmoil of the 1990’s, Russian President Vladimir V. Since Putin came to power, his participation has been a cultural touchstone for the country’s revival and engagement with the world.

In 2008, when Dima Bilan, a Russian pop star, won Eurovision with the song “Faith” Mr Putin immediately took the towel with congratulations and thanked Russia for further burning the image.

This is not the first time that politics has encroached on the competition, which premiered in 1956. Ukraine’s entry song was rewritten in 2005 as too political because it marked the Orange Revolution. When Dana International, an Israeli transgender woman, won from her hit song “Diva” in 1998, rabbis accused her of violating Jewish state values.

A lot Bookmakers Ukraine is expected to be the favorite to win the tournament this year. Winners are judged on the basis of national judges and audience votes at home.

Entry of Ukraine “Stefania” Comes from a band that mixes traditional Ukrainian folk music with rap and hip-hop. The Kalush Orchestra brought the semifinal spectators to their feet on Tuesday in Turin, Italy, leading them to Saturday’s grand final.

According to Ukrainian public broadcaster Suspilne, the band traveled to Eurovision with special permission to bypass martial law to prevent most Ukrainian men from leaving the country.

The war requires other adjustments. The program is being broadcast from the Ukrainian commentator, Timur Mirosnechenko, Bomb Shelter.

A Photo Posted by Suspilne shows the veteran presenter surrounded by walls showing computers, wires, cameras and brick patches under the desk in a bunker-like room. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.

The bunker was set up to prevent an air strike siren from intercepting, Mr Mirosnechenko told BBC Radio 5 Live. He said the Ukrainians loved the competition and were “trying to capture any peaceful moment”.

“Nothing will stop Eurovision broadcasting,” he said.

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