Surprise performance Kate Middleton shone on the piano in the

Surprise performance: Kate Middleton shone on the piano in the Eurovision final as a tribute to Ukraine

The Princess of Wales appears for a few seconds, dressed all in blue, sitting at the piano

The Eurovision final 2023 Many left their mouths open after the Ukrainians’ performance Kalush Orchestra And the appearance of an unexpected protagonist: Kate Middleton.

During the gala opening video and after a panoramic view of the Windsor Castle, The Princess of Wales appears for just a few seconds, dressed in blue, seated at the piano while singing the keys to the rendition of “Stefania“, the winning theme of 2022.

“A surprise for Eurovision. Nice to join Kalush Orchestra in a special performance of last year’s winning song. Enjoy the show Liverpool!” the princess wrote on her social media, where she shared the video of her participation.

According to local media, the princess’ performance was taped earlier this month Crimson Salon from Windsor Castle.

The singers from the 26 finalist countries each had three minutes to convince the jury and the international audience. A novelty was that viewers from all over the world could vote this year, even though their countries did not take part in the competition.

Finnish rapper Käärijäwho left no one indifferent with his hustle and bustle “Cha Cha Cha‘ and his special style, a cocktail of bright colors and punk airs, took second place.

Third place went to the young Israeli Noa Kirel C.on the energetic “unicorn“.

According to local media, the Princess’ performance was taped earlier this month in the Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. (Portal)

The Spaniard Blanca Paloma took 17th place with her lullaby “Eaea”, a mixture of flamenco music and electronic rhythms.

Ukraine was the big protagonist of the show, which was themed “united by music” on a stage made entirely of LED lights at Liverpool’s M&S Arena.

This year the country was represented by the electronic duo Tvorchi with the song “Heart of steel” (“Heart of Steel”), inspired by the resistance during the long siege of the Azovstal Steelworks in Mariupol by invading Russian forces.

Minutes after his performance, Tvorchi posted on Instagram that Ternopil, his hometown, had been attacked.

Ternopil”was bombed by Russia while we were singing on the Eurovision stage about our strong heart, our indomitability and our will,” they wrote. “Europe united against evil for peace”.

Usually, the winning country hosts the competition the following year.

However, the 67th edition of the festival could not take place in Kiev due to the crisis Russian invasionand runner-up United Kingdom took over.

To an audience dressed in sequins, heavily made-up and armed with pennants, bright bracelets and a great desire for fun, Vasylyna Kindrat, a 25-year-old Ukrainian who fled her country in December, said she expected victory.

Loreen (left) receives a bouquet of roses from Jeremy Joseph on Tuesday April 18, 2023 on stage at Heaven nightclub in London. (Scott Garfitt/Invision/AP)

But not inside euro visionbut in the war,” she said, affirming that the blue and yellow colors of Ukraine on display throughout Liverpool made her “feel at home”.

In many songs, the war was in the background.

Flamboyant and mustachioed Croatian group Let 3 took the stage with “Mama ŠČ!”, a searing track that blatantly lashes out at Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The members fire off two huge rockets, shed their ridiculous military uniforms and end up playing in their underwear.

Dressed in pink and with very long pigtails, the six Czech performers of “Vesna” sang part of their song “My Sister’s Crown” in Ukrainian.

“My sister won’t stay in the corner, she won’t listen to you either,” they sang, “we are with you in our hearts.”

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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