Who won Eurovision 2022? Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra wins with Stefania
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 airs on Saturday night, with Kalush Orchestra winning with song Stefania
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The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was crowned the winner on Saturday night, as the Kalush Orchestra took top place and the trophy.
The Ukrainian band won with the song Stefania, beating other countries and entries including Sam Ryder of the UK.
Ukraine took the lead from the start, before the live final took place directly from Turin in Italy, home of last year’s champion Måneskin.
In the context of Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia, which has resulted in Russia being banned from participating in the annual singing competition, the country’s entry has secured a place in the live final and in favor of victory.
The group took the top spot after a tense night of voting, which saw the UK top the leaderboard following votes from the jury.
But in the end, the Ukrainian band took the top spot after a public vote – putting them at the top of the list with 631 points.
Accepting the award, the band said: “Thank you very much. Thank you for supporting Ukraine.
“This victory belongs to all Ukrainians!”
UK contestant Sam finished in second place after stunning Europe with a performance of Space Man.
He scored a total of 466 points – while Spain’s Chanel Terrero came in third with her hit song SloMo and won 459 points.
UK commentator Graham Norton had plenty of praise for Sam and was flabbergasted to see him in second place.
He says the singer – who hails from Maldon – has made the country proud, and brought the UK within an inch of successfully ending a 25-year drought.
The last British person to win Eurovision was Katrina and the Waves, who won in 1997 with the song Love Shine a Light.
However, it was Ukraine who took the glory in Saturday night’s competition after their spectacular performance.
Stefania was written in memory of soldier Oleh Psiuk’s mother, but has taken on a whole new meaning since Russia invaded the democratic country in February.
The lyrics “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed” carry a special meaning about war.
The band themselves have been given special permission to leave Ukraine for the competition in Italy on Saturday night.
One of the original members stayed to continue the fight and the others plan to return as soon as possible after the competition.
Graham Norton noted: “We’re not sure they’ll make it, but they did. Their commenter didn’t make it, he was commenting from a bomb shelter.”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 is available on BBC iPlayer.
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