The German Economic and Social Council candidate hopes Ukraine will win – bookmakers see it in last place
He sings for Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC), but hopes others will win: Malik Harris keeps his fingers crossed for Kaloch Orchestra. The 24-year-old is trading last place in the competition.
DrThe German candidate was in Eurovision Song Contest (ESC)Malik Harris, he keeps his fingers intertwined for another nation himself: He hopes Ukraine will win the final. “I really hope so!” he told the German Liberation Network (RND). “I would be happy and proud if the Kalush Orchestra wins this year.”
The Ukrainian squad is clearly the favorite in Saturday’s ESC final in Turin (Italy).
“It would be a very strong sign if Europe declared Ukraine the winner,” Harris said. On top of that, I think Stefania’s nickname is really huge.” Harris himself slipped to last place in the betting shops with his song “Rockstars” on Friday.
According to the 24-year-old, this does not bother him. “It really is completely irrelevant to me. In light of politics, everything else fades into the background.” I have two goals here: I want to do my best and I want to enjoy it. And when I can do those two things, I’m happy.”
ESC is the world’s most respected music competition and is expected to have nearly 200 million TV viewers. Following Italy’s Maneskin’s win a year ago, 25 countries will compete in Turin on Saturday for ESC’s next win.
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 – consider their progress certain anyway. Other favorites include Britain’s Sam Ryder, who took second place with bookmakers with his song “Cosmonaut”, followed by Sweden’s Cornelia Jacobs with “Hold Me Closer”.
Unfavorable number for Germany
As mentioned earlier, German owner Harris is now rated the worst among the 25 novices in betting shops.
If this proves true, a series of bankruptcies will continue: in the past six ESC finals, Germany has finished last five times. And his position at the start also gives little hope: Harris will be on the stage in thirteenth place, after the Ukrainians. The place in operation after the favorite is generally considered unfavorable.
All this, however, does not seem to bother the “Rockstars” translator: “For me, ESC is not such a competition at all,” he told the German news agency DPA. For him, it’s more about playing on stage than placement.
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