UK’s Sam Ryder ranked second behind Ukraine at Eurovision 2022 – see results
Ukraine has won the competition with 631 points.
UK got 466 points.
Britain proved successful, coming out on top in the jury vote. However, when it came to the audience vote, Ukraine got the most votes.
Spain finished third.
Read more: Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022 with UK finishing second
Britain’s optimist and TikTok star Sam Ryder, 32, was one of 25 acts vying for the top prize during the climax of the week-long competition in Turin, Italy.
He took to the stage in a dazzling one piece laden with planets, moons and stars made of pearls and pearls.
Ryder Pala was the 22nd act to perform as a crowd of 7,000 fans at the Olympic Arena, sung along to the song Space Man.
Ending his set, the singer said: “Shine brightly, my friends. Thanks to all of you.”
Graham Norton, who once again anchored the contest on BBC One, said: “What a powerhouse performance. You can’t ask for more.
“Union Jack is a sea of flags.”
Ryder had hoped to improve UK chances after finishing at the bottom of the leader board in two previous matches – with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us in 2019, and James Newman’s Embers scoring “zero points” in 2021 Did.
He co-wrote the uplifting pop song with Grammy-winning songwriter Amy Vaz, who has previously worked with Ed Sheeran and Max Wolfgang.
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.
During the show, the folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra gave an impressive rendition of their song Stefania.
The Ukrainian act was the favorite to win, having been at the fore since the invasion of Russia – which prompted the organizers to ban the country from competition.
The group was dressed in elaborate costumes, including long multi-colored fringed robes, a pink bucket hat and others in traditional patterns.
Their performance, which combines rap and Ukrainian folklore, went down well with the audience, who cheered the group on waving several Ukrainian flags.
Norton said: “We weren’t sure they were going to make it but they made it.
“His commentator didn’t make it, he’s commenting from a bomb shelter.”
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