Kalush Orchestra representing Ukraine carry out throughout the Grand Closing present of the 66th Eurovision Track Contest. (Daniele Venturelli / WireImage)
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra has received the Eurovision Track Contest for the third time after receiving the majority of votes within the public vote.
The UK’s Sam Ryder was within the lead following the announcement of the jury vote, however Ukraine shortly took over when the general public had their say.
The war-torn nation stormed into the lead on the final minute, with Kalush Orchestra’s “Stefania” beating out stiff competitors from the UK, Sweden, Spain and different international locations.
There have been emotional scenes within the stadium in Turin when Ukraine was introduced as winner of the competition, with different acts waving Ukrainian flags to indicate their assist for the war-torn nation.
Ukraine completed with 631 factors, most of which got here from the general public vote. The folks-rap group’s music was written about lead singer Oleg Psyuk’s mom, but it surely took on a brand new significance after Russia invaded the nation in February.
The UK’s Sam Ryder completed with 466 factors, whereas Spain’s Chanel ended up third with 459 factors.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra was congratulated by Volodymyr Zeleksnky for profitable Eurovision
Chatting with TIME journal forward of the competition, Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk stated: “After the battle, lots of people appear to be discovering new meanings there.”
He continued: “The enemy is attempting to destroy our tradition. However we’re right here to show that we nonetheless exist, that we should be seen. We should be identified. We’re asking for assist to guard our tradition.”
Ukraine’s entry obtained a rapturous response earlier within the night after they took to the stage – the Eurovision viewers in Turin, Italy, gave them a standing ovation, whereas many could possibly be seen waving Ukrainian flags.
Talking immediately after they’d carried out, Psiuk stated: “Please assist Ukraine, Mariupol. Assist Azovstal proper now.”
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky threw his weight behind the group forward of the Eurovision grand closing in a recorded video message, saying: “Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra. Let’s assist our fellow countrymen! Let’s assist Ukraine!”
The nation had been the bookies’ favorite to win forward of the competition. Eurovision pundits had anticipated that Ukraine would emerge victorious, with a lot of Europe – and the world – throwing their weight behind the nation following Russia’s barbaric invasion and battle, which kicked off in February.
In the meantime, the UK’s Sam Ryder stated forward of the competition that he wasn’t too bothered about what place he completed in.
“That is one thing that celebrates inclusivity, expression, love, peace, pleasure, togetherness. And so to consider the scoreboard, for me, takes a little bit of the shine and the magic out of the room fully.”
Instantly after Kalush Orchestra had been named winners, the Ukrainian authorities stated Europe had “melted their hearts” in a Twitter submit.
“We ship all of your love and assist to our courageous freedom defenders at Azovstal and alongside the frontline,” the official Ukraine Twitter account tweeted.
“Congrats, Kalush Orchestra!”
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky additionally congratulated the band, writing on social media: “Our braveness impresses the world, our music conquers Europe.
“We are going to do our greatest to sooner or later host the individuals and company of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceable, rebuilt.”
Eurovision followers rushed to Twitter to heap reward on Ukraine after Kalush Orchestra had been named winners on the contest.
Ukraine getting 431 out of a most doable 468 from the European public. That is unimaginable. #Eurovision
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) May 14, 2022
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) May 14, 2022
Ukraine did not win due to pity, they received by a present of affection. Individuals neglect that the true intent of #Eurovision is to indicate unity between international locations and that is precisely what we did. Slava Ukraini!! Congratulations Ukraine!!💙💛
— mallow.5 (@mal00w) May 14, 2022
I actually assume that Europe has proven tonight the place our solidarity lies.
— Terry Reintke (@TerryReintke) May 14, 2022
Ukraine tops the chief board with 631 factors. Correctly 🇺🇦#eurovision
— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) May 14, 2022
Burst into tears within the enviornment at that consequence. So poignant and so deserved for Ukraine, wonderful for the UK and Sweden, 10/10 solely notes are extra factors for Serbia #Eurovision
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) May 14, 2022
To the ppl not getting it, it is about exhibiting solidarity. That is why the bulk voted for Ukraine. It isn’t going to cease the battle but it surely’s one other gesture to indicate Europe stands with them. A few of these males may not be right here subsequent yr. #Eurovision #esc2022
— Could (@anemayhem) May 14, 2022
Ukraine received with the assist of Europe (and Australia) whereas combating for his or her nation, the UK got here second by attempting for the primary time in years, and Spain landed third delivering an absolute queer banger. This high three is PERFECT #Eurovision
— neonfiona 🌱 (@neonfiona) May 14, 2022