Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022 while Britain sees best result in decades

Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022 while Britain sees best result in decades

The Kalush Orchestra, representing Ukraine, performs during the Grand Final show of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest. (Daniel Venturelli/WireImage)

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra has won the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time after garnering an overwhelming amount of public votes.

The UK’s Sam Ryder was leading after the jury vote was announced, but Ukraine quickly took power when the public spoke out.

The war-torn country took the lead at the last minute after the Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania” defeated stiff competition from the UK, Sweden, Spain and other countries.

There were emotional scenes in stadiums in Turin when Ukraine was announced as the winner of the competition, with other acts waving Ukrainian flags to show their support for the war-torn country.

Ukraine finished with 631 points, the majority of which came by public vote. The folk-rap group’s song was written about the mother of lead singer Oleg Sayuk, but gained a new significance after Russia invaded the country in February.

Britain’s Sam Ryder finished with 466 points, while Spain’s Chanel finished third with 459 points.

Volodymyr Zeleksyanki congratulates Ukraine’s Kalash Orchestra for winning Eurovision

talking to time Before the competition, frontman of the Kalush Orchestra, Oleh Sayuk, said: “After the war, many people are looking for new meanings there.”

He continued: “The enemy is trying to destroy our culture. But we are here to prove that we still exist, that we deserve to be seen. We deserve to be famous. We are asking for help to protect our culture.”

Ukraine’s entry received an encouraging response when they took the stage earlier in the evening – Eurovision audiences in Turin, Italy greeted them standing up, while many could be seen waving Ukrainian flags.

Speaking directly after performing, Psych said: “Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal right now.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky threw his weight behind the group ahead of the Eurovision Grand Final in a recorded video message, saying: “Europe, vote for the Kalyush Orchestra. Let us support our fellow countrymen! Let’s support Ukraine! “

The country was a favorite of bookmakers to win before the competition. Eurovision pundits had hoped that Ukraine would be victorious, with Europe and much of the world – with much of the world – throwing its weight behind the country after the barbaric invasion of Russia and the war, which began in February.

Meanwhile, UK’s Sam Ryder said ahead of the competition that he was not too bothered about where he finished.

“It’s something that celebrates inclusivity, expression, love, peace, joy, togetherness. And so to think about the scoreboard, for me, takes a little sparkle and magic out of the room completely.”

Soon after the winner of the Kalash Orchestra was announced, the Ukrainian government said Europe “melt their hearts” in a Twitter post.

Ukraine’s official Twitter account tweeted: “We send all your love and support to Azhovstal and our brave freedom defenders on the front lines.”

“Congratulations, Kalush Orchestra!”

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also congratulated the band, writing on social media: “Our courage influences the world, our music conquers Europe.

“We will do our best to host Eurovision participants and guests in the Ukrainian Mariupol one day. Free, peaceful, rebuilding.”

Eurovision fans took to Twitter to praise Ukraine after the Kalash Orchestra was declared the winner of the competition.

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