Stefania (song)

2022 single by Kalush Orchestra

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The official cover for "Stefania"
Single by Kalush Orchestra
Released7 February 2022
GenreRap, folk
LabelSony Music Entertainment
  • Ivan Klymenko
  • Oleh Psiuk
  • Tymofii Muzychuk
  • Vitalii Duzhyk
  • Ihor Didenchuk
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
  • Ihor Didenchuk
  • Tymofii Muzychuk
  • Vitalii Duzhyk
  • Ivan Klymenko
  • Oleh Psiuk
Entry chronology
◄ "Shum" (2021)

"Stefania" (Ukrainian: Стефанія, pronounced [steˈfɑn⁽ʲ⁾ijɐ] (listen)) is a 2022 song by Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra. The song will represent Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, after the winner of Vidbir 2022, Alina Pash, who withdrew her candidacy after being questioned as a legitimate participant of Vidbir. It is the third song sung entirely in Ukrainian to represent the country at Eurovision, but the second to actually compete at the contest.[1]


The song is an ode to the mother, with the narrator in the song speaking of good memories from their mother. The song initially talks about how much their mother has aged, invoking a nostalgic past for their mother. Afterwards, the song talks about the hardships of a mother, with the narrator realizing how much the mother has done for them. A "lullaby" within the end of each rap verse brings the narrator back to when they were taken care of by their mother.[2]

Eurovision Song Contest

Vidbir 2022

"Stefania" was an entry in Vidbir 2022, a televised music competition used to determine Ukraine's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The selection of the competing entries for Vidbir took place over three stages. In the first stage, artists and songwriters had the opportunity to apply for the competition through an online submission form.[3] Twenty-seven acts were longlisted and announced on 17 January 2022. The second stage was a scheduled audition at designated dates and featured the twenty-seven acts in the longlist. Eight acts were selected to advance, which were announced on 24 January 2022. The third stage was the final, which took place on 12 February 2022 and featured the eight acts vying to represent Ukraine in Turin. The winner was selected via a 50/50 combination of votes from a public televote and a three-member expert jury,[4] consisting of 2006 and 2016 Ukrainian entrants Tina Karol and Jamala, alongside Suspilne board member Yaroslav Lodyhin [uk].[5][6]

Artists and composers had the opportunity to submit their entries between 14 December 2021 and 10 January 2022. Only artists that had not performed in a concert in Russia since 2014 or entered the territory of Crimea since 2014 were able to apply for the competition.[7] A selection panel including the music producer of the show, Mykhailo Koshevy, and the television producer of the show, Oleksiy Honcharenko, reviewed the 284 submissions, and twenty-seven entries that had been longlisted were announced on 17 January 2022.[8][9] Auditions were later held at the My Dream Space venue in Kyiv where eight entries were shortlisted to compete in the national final.[9] On 24 January 2022, the eight selected competing acts were announced.[10] In the Vidbir final, held on 12 February, Pash emerged as the winner, but she ultimately declined her position after being involved in a controversy for having breached the rule barring Vidbir competitors from having traveled to Russia or Crimea.[11] As a result, Kalush Orchestra were offered to represent Ukraine in replacement of Pash.[12][13] On 22 February, the band accepted the offer.[14]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Ukraine was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 10 May 2022, and is scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[15]


Weekly chart performance for "Stefania"
Chart (2022) Peak
Lithuania (AGATA)[16] 43
Ukraine Airplay (Tophit)[17] 1


  1. ^ "Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra will go to Turin with 'Stefania' 🇺🇦". 2022-02-22. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  2. ^ Ten Veen, Renske (2022-02-10). ""She rocked me; gave me rhythm" – Kalush Orchestra bring an ode to mothers in "Stefania" lyrics". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 2022-02-26.
  3. ^ "Суспільне оголошує прийом заявок на участь у нацвідборі на Євробачення-2022". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Правила національного відбору на участь у Пісенному конкурсі Євробачення – 2022". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (2022-02-03). "🇺🇦 Ukraine: Tina Karol Juror For Vidbir 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-02-03.
  6. ^ Granger, Anthony (2022-02-05). "🇺🇦 Ukraine: Jamala Announced as Juror For Vidbir 2022". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2022-02-05.
  7. ^ "Суспільне оголошує прийом заявок на участь у нацвідборі на Євробачення-2022". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 14 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Суспільне оголосило довгий список учасників Нацвідбору на Євробачення-2022". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 17 January 2022. Retrieved 17 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ a b "ЄВРОБАЧЕННЯ 2022: УКРАЇНА РОЗПОЧАЛА ПРОСЛУХОВУВАННЯ НА НАЦВІДБІР". (in Ukrainian). 17 January 2022. Retrieved 18 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Суспільне оголосило фіналістів Нацвідбору на Євробачення-2022". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. 24 January 2022. Retrieved 24 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ Mori, Yevhenii (2022-02-16). "Аліна Паш відмовилась від участі в Євробаченні". (in Ukrainian). UA:PBC. Retrieved 2022-02-16.
  12. ^ Holden, Steve (16 February 2022). "Alina Pash: Singer won't represent Ukraine at Eurovision". BBC. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  13. ^ Adams, William Lee (17 February 2022). "Ukraine offers Kalush Orchestra Eurovision 2022 spot "to maintain the trust of the audience"". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Гурт "Kalush Orchestra" представить Україну на Євробаченні в Турині" [Kalush Orchestra will represent Ukraine at Eurovision in Turin]. Suspilne (in Ukrainian). 22 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  15. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in? 🇮🇹". EBU. 2022-01-25. Archived from the original on 3 February 2022. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  16. ^ "2022 10-os savaitės klausomiausi (Top 100)" (in Lithuanian). AGATA. 11 March 2022. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  17. ^ "Ukraine Airplay Chart for 2022-04-08." Tophit. Retrieved 15 April 2022.
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