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Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra to auction off Eurovision 2022 trophy

Kalush Orchestra will be auctioning off their Eurovision 2022 trophy. The band hopes the amount will be large and will motivate people to help Ukraine

UPDATE 30 MAY 2022

A few weeks after the announcement, Kalush Orchestra auctioned off their Eurovision winning trophy for 837,000 euros.

The pink hat that Oleh Psiuk – the group's frontman – wore during the performance was also auctioned off, and gathered an extra amount of 343,000 euros.

The money raised will be used to help the Ukrainian army against the invasion of Russia, and more specifically, to purchase drones.

Just a couple of days following their victory at Eurovision 2022, Kalush Orchestra have announced they do not intend to keep their winning trophy.

According to UkrInform, the band's frontman, Oleh Psiuk, has announced the group's intention to put the trophy up for auction:

– We plan to put our trophy up for auction and donate all the money to a charity that helps the Armed Forces and Ukraine.

In his interview, Oleh revealed that the band is still unsure of what charity they'll donate the collected funds to, but believe this will be beneficial for Ukraine:

– Many people are already donating from abroad, and perhaps many more would like to. This, in our opinion, will motivate them to do so. We think it will be beneficial for Ukraine.

No details were revealed on how much money they they expect, but Oleh hopes to see a "large amount."

The call did not end without Oleh thanking everyone again for the support:

– I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported us. This is a very important step and victory for Ukraine now. I'm happy that I was able to convey such good news, as there's not so much of it, and I can already see how it has encouraged all our people.

Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 for Ukraine with the song "Stefania" last Saturday. It's still unsure where the contest will be held. Regardless, the country's president, Zelenskyy, has already stated his wish to see Eurovision 2023 held in Ukraine.

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About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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