Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest 2022

Ukraine have been announced as the winners of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, following a lively event in Turin, Italy.

Kalush Orchestra wowed the arena crowd and viewers at home with their performance of “Stefania”.

The 2021 grand final took place on Saturday (14 May) in Turin, Italy –  the host country, following the victory of Italian rock band Måneskin in 2021’s competition.

Kalush Orchestra edged out other crowd favourites including the UK’s Sam Ryder, Spain’s act Chanel, and Sweden’s Cornelia Jakobs to take home the top prize.

The group secured their win after being awarded a phenomenal number of public votes, which sent them to the top of the leader board.

Ukraine’s win comes amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country. Russia was banned from this year’s event; it was the first time the country has not particiapted since its debut in 1994.

Ryder wowed the jury and topped the score board after the jury votes were tallied, but his performance of “Space Man” ultimately failed to clinch the top prize once the public votes were counted.

The UK came second in the overall rankings, followed by Spain and Sweden.

It was an eventful night with Norway’s act Subwoolfer took viewers taking viewers by surprise with a “wacky” performance of their track “Give That Wolf a Banana”.

The group performed the song while wearing yellow wolf masks that conceal their identity.

Viewers praised Subwoolfer for staying true to the typical exuberant and bizarre of the competition.

“Norway fully and completely understood the assignment. These countries that are sending artists with ballads clearly do not,” wrote one viewer.

Elsewhere, former Eurovision winners Maneskin returned to the competition to perform their new track “Supermodel”.

The band’s lead vocalist Damiano David delighted viewers after he joked about last year’s “cocaine” controversy.

You can follow along with the live updates from the event here.

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