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

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

The act has been a precursor since Russia’s invasion – which led the organizers to ban the country from competing.

The country joined the competition in 2003 and its three wins make it one of the most successful of the newer competitor countries – after winning 2004 and 2016.

The Kalush Orchestra received the coveted trophy and said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”

During their performance, which combined rap and Ukrainian folklore, the group wore elaborate clothing, including long multicolored lashes.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post: “Our courage impresses the world as our music conquers Europe!”

“Next year, Ukraine will host Eurovision!

“For the third time in its history. And I think – not for the last time.”

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

“Put it where the sun does not shine #VladimirPutin.”

Britain’s Sam Ryder came in second place with his uplifting pop song Space Man, which is the first time in 20 years that Britain has placed among the top three.

Graham Norton, who presented the competition on BBC One, said: “This is a moment of red letter. I am so happy for him, for Britain and for the BBC who have worked so hard to turn our fortunes around.”

The 32-year-old Tik Tok star won over the audience and dazzling in a one-piece suit with pearls and pearls.

After topping the national jury’s vote with 283 points, beating the favorites Spain and Sweden, Ryder said: “There is so much gratitude, what an experience.”

Ryder was the 22nd act to perform during the grand finale in Turin, Italy, playing a guitar in the middle of the show in front of an audience of 7,000 fans at the Pala Olympica Arena who sang along.

He found fame covering songs on TikTok during the lockdown, garnered 12 million followers and captured the attention of global stars including Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Paul Hourican, Head of EU Music at TikTok, said: “From Sam’s very first TikTok, to his amazing Eurovision results, we have been fans every step of the way. Our community has always known his stellar power, his artistic talent and his phenomenal voice, and we are glad that the world has seen it too.

“Congratulations to Sam and his entire team on his fantastic results and of course Ukraine as a very worthy winner.”

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who commented on the semi-final of the song contest, posted a video with Ryder moments after the announcement, along with TV presenter Rylan Clark chanting “UK, UK, UK.”

Ryder said: “Thank you all for the support, it was an incredible, incredibly rewarding journey.”

The singer-songwriter beat the favorites Spain, whose contestant Chanel gave a jazzy performance to SloMo while the entire audience sang along with Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco who sang Brividi, which featured a powerful rap, behind a backdrop of flashing lights.

The grand finale began with an energetic performance with flashlights and projections of David’s sculpture by Michelangelo from the Czech We We Domi who sang Lights Off.

During the show, the second folk band Islands Systur, who performed the ballad Meo Haekkandi Sol, ended his performance by saying: “This is for Ukraine, we love you.”

Finland’s rock group The Rasmus began their first appearances with a powerful version of Jezebel, tearing off their shirts in the middle of the show.

Marius Bear from Switzerland delivered a raw interpretation of his song Boys Do Cry with simple lighting in the background while French Alvan and Ahez had fire on stage to perform their song Fulenn.

Norway’s Subwoolfer dressed in yellow wolf costumes while performing a synchronized dance number and singing Give That Wolf A Banana.

Armenia’s representative, Rosa Linn, made an emotional appearance with her song Snap on a stage with a bed, lamp and chair all seemingly wrapped in a white toilet roll.

Estonia ended the show with Stefan performing a captivating rendition of Hope and adding at the end of his performance: “Do not lose hope of a better tomorrow.”

Reigning Eurovision Song Contest champion, the Italian rock band Maneskin, performed during the live show with singer-songwriter Mika who sang a medley that included Grace Kelly and Happy Ending.

In the Eurovision final, the 20 successful nations from this week’s two semi-finals were presented, as well as the so-called big five from Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Martin Osterdahl, Eurovision’s executive director, said in a statement that the organization’s attention was focused 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 of music.

“Now we will start 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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