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Eurovision 2023: this year's winners and the importance of the contest for Ukraine

The final of the international song contest Eurovision took place yesterday. Find out more about the winners and the importance of the contest for Ukraine

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The long-awaited final of the Eurovision Song Contest took place yesterday. This year's contest is being held in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine. Last year's winners, Kalush Orchestra, opened the competition, enchanting the audience with their performance of the legendary song Stefania. 


Read the article to find out what the standings look like this year, who won and why the contest is important for Ukraine. 


Eurovision Song Contest 2023: this year's winners 


This year's winner was Loree from Sweden. The singer performed the song "Tatoo", winning the hearts of the judges and the audience. 


Finland took second place. The representative of the country Käärijä received a total of 526 points. 


The third place went to a contestant from Israel. Noa Kirel with the song "Unicorn" received 362 points.


Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023


This year, Ukraine was represented by TVORCHI. Thanks to the last year's victory of Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian performers automatically reached the final with their incredible song "Heart Of Steel". 


The band performed on the stage of Liverpool, representing Ukraine, while their native Ternopil was suffering from cynical rocket attacks. 


In total, Ukraine's representatives received 243 points: 54 from the jury and 189 from the audience. According to the voting results, this year Ukraine entered the top ten and took 6th place. 




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Why is Eurovision 2023 an important contest for Ukraine? 


International competitions are extremely important for Ukraine. Such international unity and the fact that the word "war" is openly used on stage is another step towards ending the russian aggression. 


"We understand that this is an entertainment show, but for me it is very important that no one hides what is happening, but rather focuses on it," commented this year's host of the competition, the leader of the Ukrainian band Hardkiss, Yulia Sanina. 


The task of the whole world is not to forget what is happening in Ukraine and to make every effort to stop the war. Symbolically, the song "You'll never walk alone" was performed on stage. This is another confirmation of the world's support. 


"It is important for us that the honest word 'war' is used during the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. It should also be important for the whole world. The world should understand why we cannot exercise our legal right to host Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine - because of russia's brutal aggression," said Oleksandr Tkachenko, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine.


We are immensely grateful to the world for their support and invite them to visit Ukraine after the victory. We guarantee that the picturesque landscapes of our homeland will not leave anyone indifferent. 


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Just a reminder! In our last article, we told you about how Ukraine is remembered in Liverpool and about the charity mission of the TVORCHI band at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. You can learn more about all the features of this year's contest here.


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