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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Ukraine has won the 2022 'Eurovision Song Contest'

    Kalush Orchestra moved viewers with their poignant performance of 'Stefania' amid the war in their country


    Led by rapper Oleh Psiuk, the group - completed by Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk - were victorious at the grand final at the PalaOlimpico in Turin, Italy on Saturday night (14.05.22), scoring 631 points.

    After wowing with their performance, which merged rap with folk and featured breakdancing, flutes and bold ensembles, they thanked everyone supporting their country amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    After they were revealed as the champions and performed the song for a second time, they said: "Thank you, thank you so much."

    They had been given special permission to travel to Italy, as men their age are currently fighting for their country back home.

    The band said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: "We're showing off our roots, and we're showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.

    "That's why we've found success at home, and we hope that we can find that sort of reception internationally, as well. We take something old, and we make it sound modern."

    The UK came second - the highest place for the nation in more than two decades - with Sam Ryder's 'Space Man' scoring a whopping 466 points.

    The TikTok star - who shot to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform - has changed the UK's run of bad luck after scoring nil points for the past two years.

    Sam said in the green room: "Honestly, this amazing. It's wicked.

    "We signed up here to come and sing we enjoy music, and I know that every single artist involved this year absolutely smashed it. Everyone was a credit to themselves and a credit to what 'Eurovision' is all about; unity peace, love, togetherness, inclusivity and expression.

    Thank you for having us, appreciate [it]."

    By contrast, Germany's Malik Harris were at the bottom of the leaderboard with just six points overall for their song 'Rockstars'.

    © 2022 Bang Showbiz, NZCity

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