Electronic duo Tvorchi represented Ukraine at the spectacular pan-continental pop competition on Saturday night, coming sixth of the 26 finalists with “Heart of Steel,” an anthem to the country’s resiliency inspired by the siege of the Azovstal smelter. Sweden celebrated victory and Ukraine remained defiant after a night of Russian bombardment, including a strike on the hometown of the country’s competitors.

While the match was taking place in Liverpool, air raid sirens were heard throughout Ukraine, and the Ukrainian military reported that a barrage of Russian drone and missile attacks had left scores of people injured. Ternopil, the hometown of Tvorchi in western Ukraine, was struck by one blow.

According to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service, Ternopil was assaulted once more early on Sunday. Civilian homes and vehicles were damaged, but there was no immediate word of casualties.

Andrii Hutsuliak and Jeffery Kenny said on Instagram late Saturday, “Ternopil is the name of our hometown, which was bombarded by Russia as we sang on the Eurovision stage about our steel hearts, indomitability, and will.

“This is a message for all Ukrainian cities that receive daily artillery fire. Kherson, Mykolaiv, Chernihiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Uman, Sumy, Poltava, Vinnytsia, and all others. Europe, join forces against evil to promote peace! GLORY TO UKRAINE!”

Due to its invasion of Ukraine, longstanding member Russia was disqualified from the competition last year.

Loreen, a Swedish singer, won the competition with her power ballad “Tattoo,” in a vibrant, diverse music competition that was once again overshadowed by the European War. The event was held in Britain on behalf of Ukraine, who won the previous year but was unable to host it due to the conflict.

The opening cinematic featured the 2022 Eurovision champions Kalush Orchestra singing and dancing in the Kyiv underground, and the song was afterwards covered by artists in the U.K., including Kate, Princess of Wales, who was visible playing the piano. Ukrainian sights and sounds permeated the whole performance.

Then, joined by a horde of drummers, the folk-rap group itself made its way onto the Liverpool Arena stage on a massive set of outstretched hands. During the nearly four-hour performance, other Ukrainian performers also performed.

In its 67th year, Eurovision describes itself as the greatest music competition in the world—a party-friendly pop Olympics. Each competitor has three minutes to create a performance that will capture the attention of millions of spectators by fusing upbeat music and breathtaking spectacle.

The bookies’ favourite song had been Loreen’s hymn of passionate love. She was up against fierce competition from the incredibly vivacious Finnish artist Käärijä, whose rap-pop party hit “Cha Cha Cha” finished in second.

The 39-year-old Loreen, who also won Eurovision in 2012, described herself as “seriously overwhelmed” after becoming only the second person to win the competition twice. In the 1980s, Johnny Logan from Ireland became the first double champion. Sweden’s triumph matches Ireland’s record as the eighth for the nation.

The victory earns Sweden the right to host the competition in 2019, the 50th anniversary of Sweden’s first Eurovision victory, “Waterloo” by ABBA in 1974.

Loreen, who won the jury vote of music industry experts from throughout Europe, and Käärijä, who was the clear victor in the voting by the viewing public, battled it out to the bitter end in the competition.

The Finn confessed his dissatisfaction.

Naturally, to be honest, it hurts. A victory was what I was after, Käärijä told Finnish reporters in Liverpool. “Of course you should be pleased with this performance. An entertaining performance of a Finnish song. I’m feeling a little down. But life continues. Not that serious, really. You must continue living your life.

The undisputed winner of Eurovision was Käärijä, whose relentless chorus of “Cha Cha Cha” is likely to be heard this summer on dance floors all around Europe.

In contrast to 2022, when Sam Ryder of the U.K. finished second to Ukraine, host nation Britain’s Mae Muller placed second to last.

Liverpool welcomed both Eurovision and Ukraine with open arms and hearts after winning a battle among U.K. cities to host the event. Businesses all across the city displayed Ukrainian flags, and a schedule of cultural activities exposed residents to the art, music, and cuisine of the eastern European nation.

Nevertheless, organisers said that they declined the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request to deliver a video message. According to the European Broadcasting Union, doing so would violate “the nonpolitical nature of the event.”

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