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Ukraine rehearsal 2017
Ukraine rehearsal 2017
Photo: Thomas Hanses

Ukraine's O. Torvald: "Everything starts with our thoughts"

The band O.Torvald will represent host country Ukraine at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Time. By coincidence, the band was established in 2005, when Ukraine last hosted the contest.

Founded more than a decade ago, O. Torvald is no stranger to the Ukrainian public. They toured through the country, as well as other European countries, extensively. This year, however, is a home game for the band. 

Rising to fame

The tipping point in their career was when the band had to perform on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square replacing another band — not the least name: "Once Metallica was supposed to perform on Maidan Nezalezhnosti Square. But they didn't show up and we took the stage. It was a crucial moment for our careers," front man Yevhen Galych recalls.

Ahead of the contest

O. Torvald admitted they invested a lot of time in their preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest. They hope it won't be in vain: "We hope to experience some incredible emotions on stage, as we’ve been preparing for the contest so much," said a singer.

The most important decision they had to take was their choice of song. "The key message is the fact that time flies extremely fast, so we cannot waste it, and should relish each opportunity," Yevhen explained. 

O. Torvald is the only band representing rock genre this year, which guarantees their performance will stand out from the others.

The band was satisfied with their first rehearsal. Yevhen concluded: "Everything was duly arranged and the rehearsal is a good opportunity to identify and fill in the gaps in our performance." 

The giant LED screen in the background of their performance will feature a big head of a man that, according to the band, has a 'hidden' meaning: "Everything starts with our thoughts, and we totally forget about feelings. We should learn how to feel with our heart and not be overloaded with thoughts," explained front man Yevhen.  

Representing the host country, O. Torvald is automatically qualified to perform in the Grand Final on Saturday, 13th of May.