Music – Grand Prix of Turin kicks off – Culture

Turin (AP) – The final match of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2022 has begun in Turin, Italy. It started with John Lennon’s classic “Give Peace a Chance” (Give Peace a Chance).

1,000 musicians played and sang the song in a large square in the center of Turin. In the hall of the Economic and Social Council, 7,000 spectators applauded and sang the text in a huge choir.

Grand Prix presenter Laura Pausini then opened the International Onstage Singing Competition with a colorful light show and emotional pop song in Italian.

more political than ever

Representatives from 25 countries attended the final. The 66th Grand Prix will take place in Turin after the Italian band Måneskin won last year in Rotterdam with their rock song “Zitti e buoni”. Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine has cast a shadow over the musical competition this year – where politics really should have no place, organizers thought more than 60 years ago.

Ukrainian contribution “Stefania” by the Kalush Orchestra has been a favorite of bookmakers for weeks. The song is a mixture of rap and Ukrainian folk music. Frontman Oleh Psjuk dedicated it to his mother. The band announced on social media that if they win, they will auction the Winner’s Cup to charity. The six musicians from Western Ukraine are likely to receive many votes of solidarity from the audience. Already on Tuesday they qualified for the first semi-finals – their progress was absolutely certain.

Betting: hardly any chances for Germany

And the representative of Germany, Malik Harris, takes 13th place after the Ukrainians on the stage and will sing his song “Rockstars”. The place in the operation immediately after the favorite is considered unfavorable. The 24-year-old quietly saw her. “For me, the Economic and Social Council is not such a competition at all,” he told dpa. For him, it’s more about playing on stage than placement.

The bookmakers don’t think his pop song, which is about childhood when everyone was little “rock stars,” stood a good chance. On Friday it was in last place among international bookmakers. Last year, Germany took the penultimate place with Jendrik and “I Don’t Feel Hate”. At the time, only the British performed worse, and they are among the nominees for the top five this year with Sam Ryder and Spaceman.

Entries from Sweden (Cornelia Jacobs with “Hold Me Closer”), Italy (Mahmoud and Blanco with “Brividi”), and Spain (Chanel with “SloMo”) also trade in the upper classes. This year, ESC is bringing music lovers not only delightful stage shows and glamorous costumes, but everything from an ’80s techno hit to a country ballad to all kinds of pop songs and ballads.

Viewers can vote

In the end, the audience and the jury decide the places. In addition to the jurors, viewers can also vote at home. They cannot vote for their country. The first broadcasts the international singing competition live from 9 pm. The evening will be hosted by three moderators comprising of Italian Grammy Award winner and singer Laura Puccini, British singer Micah (“Grace Kelly”) and TV presenter Alessandro Cattelan. They will also appear on the show with dance and music performances, as well as Måneskin, who will be making a guest appearance on their new song “Supermodel”.

For Bosini, ESC is the first show as a prologue on stage with an audience since the Corona pandemic, she said Friday. She wanted to send a message of peace. “United people also mean peace,” she explained.

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