Torino was filled with fire, flare, and fans who packed the Pala Alpitour Arena for Eurovision 2022
WARNING: This story contains spoilers about the winner.
In a spectacular finish, Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
The winning entry, ‘Stefania’, was performed by the Kalush Orchestra. The song is an ode to a mother and takes a nostalgic look at the hardships and challenges, and touches on positive memories.
After the rap group performed their song, they addressed millions of viewers watching the final. “Save Mariupol, save Ukraine and help Azovstal,” they said, as they rallied support for their war-torn nation.
The victory is the nation’s second in eight years, after Jamala’s ‘1944’ controversially beat Russia. The song was about Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of an ethnic group in Crimea.
‘Stefania’ is also the second Eurovision entry to be performed entirely in Ukrainian.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says he believed in the group to win.
While the U.K. won the jury vote, it was not enough to topple Ukraine’s 439 points from public voters. They finished with 631 points—the second highest in Eurovision history.
Around 200 million are believed to have seen this year’s contest.
Martin Österdahl is the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor. He says “the Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe.”
The U.K., Spain, Sweden and Serbia rounded out the top five. It is the U.K.‘s best result since 1998, and follows a dismal performance last year in which they finished last with zero points.
“On a fantastic stage in front of hundreds of millions watching across the world, every artist and songwriter has brought something unique to the Contest and embodied what this competition is about—diversity, universality and uniting Europe on one stage,” Österdahl says.
The Kalush Orchestra was formed in 2019. One of the group’s members travelled to Rotterdam last year to compete with his other band, ‘Go_A’, which finished in fifth place.
Eurovision is the world’s largest live music event and one of the most ambitious live TV moments each year.
This year’s theme, ‘The Sound of Beauty’, featured 24 cameras, 78 microphones and over 2,800 lighting fixtures. There were also 727 square metres of LED screens and 440 speakers.
Russia was banned from this year’s event as the war in Ukraine continues.
Around 500 journalists were also in the host city of Turin, Italy to cover the event. It’s believed over 1,000 journalists covered the event from their own countries.
Forty European countries took part in the event, as organisers cast their eyes towards 2023, where the Eurovision Song Contest will head to Ukraine.
Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split
Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.
The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.
The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.
However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.
The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.
Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.
Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’
Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.
The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.
Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.
The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.
The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.
This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.
MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy
Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.
While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.
Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.
They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.
On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.
In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.
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