Ukraine has won 2022 Eurovision song contestwith Kalush Orchestra’s poignant war anthem ‘Stefania’ garnering the votes of the fans.
The war-torn European country was crowned the winner after the audience vote drastically changed the rankings at the last moment, leaving Britain’s Sam Ryder in second place.
‘Stefania’ has been recognized as a hymn of resilience and courage in the face of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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“Thank you very much, thank you for supporting Ukraine,” said rapper Oleh Psiuk after the victory.
“This victory is for all Ukrainians,” he added.
Excited fans took to social media to express their delight at Ukraine’s last-minute win.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m actually very excited about Ukraine’s victory.” #Eurovision”, wrote a fan.
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“The fact is they showed up, put on an incredible celebration of their heritage and broadcast it with comments made by a guy hiding in a bomb shelter. It’s no shame the UK is second to that.”
Australia’s contender Sheldon Riley, who found fame on The Voice, finished in 15th place after the final votes were counted.
A total of 25 countries met in the final, which took place in Turin, Italy.
Germany came in last place, closely followed by France and Iceland.
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