As the 2022 Eurovision semi-finals kicked off today Ukraine has made their way into the finals of the competition.
Their upbeat track Stefania is widely tipped as the entry to take out the 2022 Eurovision crown.
As he prepares for the semi-finals on Friday Australia’s Sheldon Riley has praised their entry.
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Eurovision is arguably the most watched and hotly contested song competition in the world.
The 66th edition of the competition is currently taking place in Turin, Italy, home to last years champions.
On Wednesday the semi-finals kicked off with seventeen countries fighting for their chance at the finals.
Despite the current political turmoil for Ukraine, amidst their invasion from Russia, they still participated.
The upbeat, quirky performance of Stefania by Kalush Orchestra earned the group a standing ovation and a spot in the finals.
Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Ukraine, Moldova and the Netherlands will also join Ukraine.
Unfortunately Albania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark and Austria did not progress to the finals.
Russia will also not be competing in the finals after being banned from competing.
Sheldon Riley “I’d be so happy for them”
Australia’s entry for the 2022 Eurovision crown, Sheldon Riley, has put his support behind front runners.
Speaking of Ukraine to the Sydney Morning Herald today he was positive about a win for his competitors.
“I’d be ecstatic” he gushed, “I’d be so happy for them.”
“It’s a contest at the end of the day, but it’s more than that,” he told the publication.
“It’s a competition that gives hope to everybody.”
“I feel like I’ve already won. It’s the most clichéd thing ever, but I truly do.”
“I want to enjoy every little moment; I want to do the best Australia can possibly do.”
Sheldon Riley will compete for his spot in the Eurovision final this Friday morning with his song Not The Same.
He will be up against some of the toughest competition with the likes of Sweden.
Sweden has consistently been one of the most successful Eurovision countries, having won six times previously.
If Sheldon makes it to the finals he will be competing this Sunday, where Australia’s own Courtney Act will deliver our Eurovision scores.
The second semi-final will air live from 5am on Friday on SBS.
Finals will be aired at 5am Sunday morning.
Both semi-finals will be repeated on Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm with the final being repeated on Sunday at 7:30pm.