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

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

The act have been the frontrunners since Russia’s invasion – which prompted organisers to ban the nation from competing.

The nation joined the competition in 2003 and its three wins make it one of the profitable of the newer competitor international locations – having triumphed in 2004 and 2016.

Receiving the coveted trophy, Kalush Orchestra stated: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”

During their efficiency, which mixed rap and Ukrainian folklore, the group have been dressed in elaborate outfits, together with lengthy multi-coloured fringed ensembles.

Among these providing messages of congratulations, former Doctor Who star John Barrowman stated: “Congratulations #Ukraine on your #Eurovision Win!

“Stick that where the sun don’t shine #VladimirPutin.”

The UK’s Sam Ryder got here in second place with his uplifting pop tune Space Man, marking the primary time in 20 years that the UK has positioned in the highest three.

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

The 32-year-old Tik Tok star received over the viewers, dazzling in a one piece go well with encrusted with beads and pearls.

After topping the nationwide jury vote with 283 factors, beating out favourites Spain and Sweden, Ryder stated: “There is so much gratitude, what an experience.”

Ryder was the twenty second act to carry out in the course of the grand ultimate in Turin, Italy, enjoying a guitar mid-show in entrance of a crowd of seven,000 followers on the Pala Olympica enviornment who sang alongside.

He discovered fame overlaying songs on TikTok throughout lockdown, amassing 12 million followers and catching the eye of worldwide stars together with Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

Paul Hourican, head of music operations EU at TikTok, stated: “From Sam’s very first TikTok, to his fantastic result at Eurovison, we’ve been fans every step of the way. Our community always knew his star power, his artistic talent and his phenomenal voice, and we’re delighted that the world has seen it too.

“Congratulations to Sam and all his team on his superb result and of course Ukraine as very worthy winners.”

Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, who commentated the semi-final of the tune contest, posted a video with Ryder moments after the announcement, alongside TV presenter Rylan Clark who was chanting “UK, UK, UK.”

Ryder stated: “Thanks everyone for supporting, that was an incredible, incredible rewarding journey.”

The singer-songwriter beat favourites Spain, whose entrant Chanel gave a jazzy efficiency to SloMo whereas the complete crowd sang alongside with Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco who sang Brividi, which featured a robust rap, behind a again drop of twinkly lights.

The grand ultimate opened with an brisk efficiency that includes strobe lighting and projections of the sculpture of David by Michelangelo from Czech Republic’s We Are Domi singing Lights Off.

During the present, fellow folks band Iceland’s Systur, who carried out ballad Meo Haekkandi Sol, ended their efficiency saying: “This is for Ukraine, we love you.”

Finland’s rock group The Rasmus kicked off the primary few performances with a robust model of Jezebel, ripping their shirts off mid-show.

Marius Bear from Switzerland delivered a uncooked rendition of his observe Boys Do Cry backdropped with easy lighting whereas France’s Alvan and Ahez had hearth on stage to carry out their observe Fulenn.

Norway’s Subwoolfer dressed in yellow wolf costumes whereas performing a synchronised dance quantity and singing Give That Wolf A Banana.

Armenia’s consultant, Rosa Linn, gave an emotional efficiency with her tune Snap on a stage with a mattress, lamp and chair all seemingly wrapped in white bathroom roll.

Estonia closed the present with Stefan performing a catchy rendition of Hope, including on the finish of his efficiency: “Don’t lose your hope for a better tomorrow.”

Reigning Eurovision Song Contest champions, Italian rock band Maneskin, carried out in the course of the dwell present, alongside singer-songwriter Mika who sang a medley which included Grace Kelly and Happy Ending.

The Eurovision ultimate featured the 20 profitable nations from the week’s two semi-finals, in addition to the so-called huge 5 of the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Martin Osterdahl, Eurovision’s government supervisor, stated in an announcement that the organisation’s consideration turned to subsequent year’s competitors and its “unique challenges”.

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

“Now we will begin planning for 2023 with winning broadcaster UA:PBC.

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

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