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Eurovision 2022: Iceland act calls for ‘peace for Ukraine’ after arena rallies around Kalush OrchestraSabrina Barr



Eurovision 2022: Iceland act calls for ‘peace for Ukraine’ after arena rallies around Kalush OrchestraSabrina Barr

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Iceland’s Eurovision 2022 act has received high praise for announcing their support for Ukraine at the end of their performance, as their singer exclaimed: ‘We love you!’

Tonight, the final of the song contest is taking place in Turin, Italy, with Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra and UK’s Sam Ryder tipped as two of the favourites to win the competition.

Iceland’s Systur were the 18th entry to take to the stage, performing their country track Með Hækkandi Sól, much to the delight of the arena.

Having walked out on stage with a trans flag as they made their arrival at the start of the show, during their performance, they showed support for Ukraine amid the country’s war against Russia with the Ukrainian flag seen on their instruments.

At the end of their performance, one of their singers spoke to the audience, exclaiming: ‘Peace for Ukraine! We love you!’


Many people watching commended the band for their public show of support.

Iceland’s Eurovision act took a moment to share their support for Ukraine (Picture: AP)

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra left viewers in tears with their performance (Picture: Alamy Live News.)

‘Iceland. Thank you for reminding the world about the reality that so many prefer to ignore and forget about! Thank you for supporting Ukraine!’ one person tweeted.


Someone else wrote: ‘Peace for Ukraine 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦 Many thanks to sisters from #Iceland 🇮🇸🇮🇸🇮🇸 I appreciate it ! I never forget this moment.’


#Iceland!! Thank you Ukrainian flags ❤️ and for “Peace for Ukraine”

— Kateryna_Kruk (@Kateryna_Kruk) May 14, 2022

Thank you so much #Iceland for your support of #Ukraine on #Eurovision ! 🇺🇦❤️🇮🇸🙏🥰

— 🌻🇺🇦FoxUA🇺🇦🌻 (@UAUSUK) May 14, 2022

Germany’s act Malik Harris also showed his support for Ukraine, with the word ‘Peace’ written on his guitar on top of the Ukrainian flag.

Kalush Orchestra were the 12th act to take to the stage tonight, leaving viewers emotional with their powerful performance.


Malik Harris called for peace with a statement on his guitar (Picture: AFP)

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‘For obvious reasons I’ve never shed a tear at anything #Eurovision but my word that got me,’ on person said.

Another wrote: ‘Got to admit I had a wee tear in my eye at the end of Ukraine’s performance’ as one added: ‘Ukraine brought a tear to my eye.’

Eurovision is currently airing on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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