Saturday 14 May 2022 09:07 PM All eyes on Eurovision! Ukraine is heavily tipped to win the grand final trends now

Saturday 14 May 2022 09:07 PM All eyes on Eurovision! Ukraine is heavily tipped to win the grand final trends now
Saturday 14 May 2022 09:07 PM All eyes on Eurovision! Ukraine is heavily tipped to win the grand final trends now

Saturday 14 May 2022 09:07 PM All eyes on Eurovision! Ukraine is heavily tipped to win the grand final trends now

All eyes on Eurovision! Ukraine is heavily tipped to win the grand final of the song contest against the backdrop of war - though Putin-backing countries could snub the favourites and Britain's Sam Ryder has an outside shot

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Ukraine are the hot favourites to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest amid Russia's invasion of the country. 

The contest is underway this evening with 25 bands performing in front of a live audience in the northern Italian city of Turin, while millions more watch on television around the world.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra is heavily tipped to win by bookmakers, which are giving the group that mixes traditional Ukrainian rhythms, costumes and dance moves with contemporary hip hop a 60% chance of winning.

Their song, 'Stefania,' was written as a tribute to the frontman's mother, but has transformed since Russia's invasion on Feb. 24 into an anthem to the war-ravaged nation.

The lyrics 'I'll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,' written by frontman Oleh Psiuk, have taken on special meaning since

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