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Not much can stop some fans’ dedication to the Eurovision Song Contest – not even Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.As the 66th edition of the popular competition got underway in Turin, Italy, Ukraine’s commentator Timur Miroshnychenko covered the event fro…

Not much can stop some fans' dedication to the Eurovision Song Contest – not even Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

As the 66th edition of the popular competition got underway in Turin, Italy, Ukraine's commentator Timur Miroshnychenko covered the event from inside a bomb shelter as the conflict in his country continues.

Sharing photos of his setup on social media, the 36-year-old looked ready for the task at hand, in front of two screens, before Ukraine took to the stage in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

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Ukraine's Eurovision host commentates on annual song contest from underground bunker

"Our commentator Timur Miroshnychenko works from a bomb shelter," the caption stated.

"We remind you that the broadcast from the commentary studio of the first semifinal of Eurovision will start on May 10, at 22:00 on our YouTube channel Eurovision Ukraine."

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Fans were quick to praise the TV host for his efforts, with one person writing: "Fantastic job you are doing!"

Others said "we care for you with all our hearts" and another person simply wrote "courage" to describe the host.

"Our commentator is constant!" one fan wrote, adding: "Thank you for your work and that despite the circumstances, you are with us!"

Ukraine's Eurovision host commentates on annual song contest from underground bunker

Kalush Orchestra, Ukraine's entrants in the European song competition, advanced from the first semi-final and are heavily tipped to win Saturday's grand final.

Switzerland, Armenia, Iceland, Lithuania, Portugal, Norway, Greece, Moldova and the Netherlands have also moved through to the next round, with another 18 countries battling it out in the second semi-final on Thursday.

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In Saturday's grand final, the qualifying 20 countries will perform along with the so-called Big Five – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the countries that gain automatic entry into the final. The host country is also given a spot in the final, but this year's host, Italy, was already included.

Ukraine's entry didn't have a direct road to the song contest, with Kalush Orchestra originally finishing second in the national Ukraine competition but winning the public vote.

The Kalsuh Orchestra from Ukraine performs with the title Stefania at the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC). The international music competition is taking place for the 66th time. In the first semifinal, participants from 17 countries will play music to reach the final. The first ten will advance.

They were ultimately selected to replace Alina Pash, who dropped out of the contest amid controversy over a trip she made to Russia-controlled Crimea.

Ukraine and others had petitioned to the European Broadcasting Union to bar Russia from participating.

The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the contest, had initially decided in February that it would allow a performer to represent Russia, despite the country's invasion of Ukraine. It changed course less than 24 hours later.

"The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year's Contest would bring the competition into disrepute," a statement released at the time said in part.

- Reported with CNN

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