Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest with UK’s Sam Ryder in second place

Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest with UK’s Sam Ryder in second place

Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest with the folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra.

The act has been at the fore since Russia’s invasion – which prompted organizers to ban the country from competition.

The country joined the competition in 2003 and its three victories made it one of the newest competing nations – winning in 2004 and 2016.

Receiving the coveted trophy, the Kalyush Orchestra said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory belongs to every Ukrainian. Slavic Ukrainians.”

During their performances, which combined rap and Ukrainian folklore, the group was dressed in elaborate costumes, including long multicolored fringes.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post: “Our courage influences the world, our music conquers Europe!”

“Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision!

“For the third time in its history. And believe me – not for the last time.”

Among those who sent congratulatory messages, former Doctor Who star John Barrowman said: “Congratulations #Ukraine on your #Eurovision win!

“Step where the sun doesn’t shine #VladimirPutin.”

UK’s Sam Ryder came in second place with his evocative pop song Space Man, which has placed in the UK top three for the first time in 20 years.

Graham Norton, who presented the contest on BBC One, said: “It’s a red lettering moment. I’m so happy for them, for the UK and for the BBC, who have worked so hard to change our fortunes.”

The 32-year-old Tik Tok star won the hearts of the audience as she dazzled in a one piece suit adorned with pearls and pearls.

After topping the national jury vote with 283 points, beating favorites Spain and Sweden, Ryder said: “Many gratitude, what an experience.”

Ryder was the 22nd act to perform during the Grand Finals in Turin, Italy, playing a guitar mid-show in front of a crowd of 7,000 fans at the Pala Olympic Arena who sang along.

She rose to fame covering songs on TikTok during the lockdown, garnering 12 million followers and garnering the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Paul Horican, EU Head of Music Operations at TikTok, said: “From Sam’s first TikTok to his spectacular result at Eurovision, we’ve been a fan every step of the way. Our community has always known his star power, his artistic talent and his extraordinary voice. It was, and we are glad the world has seen it too.

“Congratulations to Sam and his entire team for their great results and of course to Ukraine as very deserving winners.”

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who commented on the semi-finals of the song contest, posted a video with Ryder chanting “UK, UK, UK” with TV presenter Rylan Clarke following the announcement.

Ryder said: “Thanks everyone for the support, it was an incredible, incredibly rewarding journey.”

The singer-songwriter defeated favorite Spain, whose entrant Chanel gave a scintillating performance to Slomo, while the entire crowd sang along with Italy’s Mahmoud and Blanco, who sang brividi, a powerful rap that echoed with a drop of twinkling lights. was behind.

The grand finale opened with an energetic performance featuring strobe lighting and projections of the sculpture of David by Michelangelo from We Are Domi Singing Lights of the Czech Republic.

During the show, fellow folk band Iceland’s Sistur, who performed the ballad Meo Hekkandi Sol, ended their performance by saying: “It’s to Ukraine, we love you.”

The Finnish rock group The Rasmus began the first few performances with a powerful version of Jezebel, taking off their shirt mid-show.

Marius Bier of Switzerland gave a crude rendition of his track Boys Don’t Cry with simple lighting, while Alvan and Ahez of France set the stage on fire to perform their track Fullen.

Subwoofers from Norway dressed in yellow wolf costumes while performing a synchronized dance number and singing Give That Wolf a Banana.

Armenia’s representative, Rosa Lin, gave an emotional performance with her song Snap on a stage with a bed, lamp and chair, all wrapped in white toilet rolls.

Estonia closed the show and Stefan gave a captivating presentation of Hope, adding at the end of his performance: “Don’t lose your hope for a better tomorrow.”

Eurovision Song Contest champions, Italian rock band Menaskin, performed during the live show with singer-songwriter Mika, who sang a medley featuring Grace Kelly and Happy Ending.

The Eurovision final featured the so-called big five nations of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, along with 20 successful nations from week two of the semi-finals of the week.

Eurovision executive supervisor Martin Osterdal said in a statement that the organization’s focus was on next year’s competition and its “unique challenges”.

“The Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe. This year it has been more important than ever to bring millions of people together through our shared values ​​and love for music.

“We will now begin planning for 2023 with the winning broadcaster UA:PBC.

“Obviously, there are unique challenges involved in hosting next year’s competition.”

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