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Right after their performance, the Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra called for “help” for their country, for the city of Mariupol and for the soldiers entrenched in the Azovstal steel mill, a message that, due to its political nature, is prohibited in principle in the festival rules.
This time it has done so with 631 points, 439 of them from the audiencethe maximum granted by the popular vote, and has thus been imposed in a top 10 also made up of the United Kingdom (466), Spain (459), Sweden (438), Serbia (312), Italy (268), Moldova (253 ), Greece (215), Portugal (207) and Norway (182).
Twenty-five countries, of the 40 that initially took part in the competition, have reached this grand finale that has started from the city’s Piazza San Carlo with the music of ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon, a clear allusion to the Russian invasion.
During it, it was also possible to enjoy a potpourri of hits by Laura Pausini and Mika, who have acted as presenters together with Alessandro Cattelan, as well as two former Italian festival champions: the band Maneskin, winners of 2021, and Gigliola Cinquetti , who has performed ‘Non Ho L’Età’ as in 1974.