Kalush Orchestra wins Eurovision 2022 for Ukraine

Ukraine won the contest 2022 with the song “Stefania” mixing hip-hop and traditional music. On saturday night in Turin (Italy), Ukraine became for the third time of its history the winner of Eurovision. Indeed since its 2003 Eurovision debut, Ukraine won in 2004 with “Wild Dances” by Ruslana and 2016 with “1944” by Jamala and now with “Stefani” by Kalush Orchestra. Sam Ryder for the United Kingdom with “Space man” and Chanel for Spain with her song “Slo Mo” complete the podium.

This 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest was a special edition because of the on-going war in Ukraine. Just a few days after the invasion by Russia, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) has decided to exclude Russia from the constest. In the meantime Ukraine selected the group Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania to represent their country for this year contest. After the votes of the professional juries, the United Kingdom was in the lead with 283 points, ahead of Sweden (258 points), Spain (231 points), Ukraine (192 points) and Portugal (171 points). At the end of the televoting, Ukraine won Eurovision 2022 with 631 points, ahead of the United Kingdom, Spain with 459 points and Sweden with 438 points.

Sam Ryder had amazing performance and the former employee in the construction industry can be proud to finish at the second place. The young man of 32 years with long blond hair was spotted on social networks where he has more than 12 million followers.

Spain who was also one of the favorite finished at the third place. Chanel Terrero has achieved one of the best ‘Eurovision’ results for Spain for more than 38 years!

Ahead of the constest, Ukraine was also considered as one of the favorite considering the political contest and the war in their country. As you can see Ukraine received a huge support from the public vote putting them far away from other singers. For Volodymyr Zelensky, Eurovision 2023 will be held in the city of Mariupol “free, peaceful and rebuilt”. It will be decided later this year if Ukraine is in capacity to host such an event in 2023.

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