Eurovision 2022: Ukraine win singing competition after Kalush Orchestra performance
The results are in, and the winner of Eurovision 2022 has been revealed as Ukraine.
Sam Ryder represented the United Kingdom, and it was clear from the off that he was going to score big as twelves were awarded continuously to the UK by countries across Europe.
An elated Sam could be seen smiling as at the half way point of voting the UK were still leading with 195 points, but after all the votes were cast it was Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra who scooped the top prize.
After his performance of Space Man, Sam was showered with praise on social media for his “incredible” and “passionate performance of his track.
And Ukraine, too, were heavily praised after a fantastic performance that prompted an emotional response from viewers, especially at the end when the lead singer shouted "Stop the war. Help Mariupol. Save Azovstal!"
The winning song mixes rap with elements of Ukrainian folk music and the six men in the group had to receive special permits to leave Ukraine and travel to Italy.
Sam looked over the moon with his second spot placing, and UK fans heaped on the praise after his performance in Turin.
One fan wrote: “Honestly this is such a good song! Proper #Eurovision anthem.”
Another tweeted: “Sam Ryder is much better than I expected.”
“Sam Ryder might be one of the best voices we’ve ever had to represent us,” one wrote. “Voice of an ANGEL.”
Ahead of tonight's performance from Sam, host Graham Norton coined him a "star."
He shared with OK!: "Sam Ryder is a star. He has been getting a great response around Europe as he promotes Space Man."
Graham Norton also commented on what a great ambassador Sam was for the United Kingdom.
And discussing the contest, he continued: "Eurovision really is unique – as daft as it is deadly serious. I describe it as profound nonsense and I wouldn’t change a thing."
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