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'Glory to Ukraine!' – Ukrainian folk-rap band wins Eurovision Song Contest

In a massive show of support from Europe, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest. This was in response to Russia’s invasion.

Kalush Orchestra stormed to the top of the leaderboard, performing their folk-rap song Stefania. They beat strong competition from Italy and the UK.

Just weeks before they took to the Turin stage, the group was fighting Russian aggressors on the streets. Instead of practicing for their biggest performance ever, they were out there.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian President, has promised that next year’s contest would be held in Mariupol. The Russians control almost the entire city.

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On Facebook, the leader of defiance wrote: “Our courage impresses all, and our music conquers Europe.” Next year, Eurovision will be held in Ukraine.

Sam Ryder from the UK took second place. This was the first time in 20 years that the UK has been in the top three at Eurovision Song Contest.

With 283 points, the singer finished first in the national jury vote. However, there was a significant surge of support for Ukraine during the public vote.

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The UK had waited for Eurovision wins for over a quarter century. It was thrilling to finally see the winner.

Russia was exempted from the competition in this year’s response to its invasion Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian President, praised Ukraine’s victory and said to the world in his nightly address, “Our courage impresses all the world, and our music conquers Europe!”

“I’m certain that we will win the battle against the enemy.

“Glory to Ukraine!”

Image Kalush Orchestra Members will Return to Ukraine in Two Days

The title was widely expected to go to Ukraine, and there was a large cross-European support for the war-torn nation on the night. Nearly all the entrants carried Ukrainian flags along with their own.

They made a passionate plea for the release of those still held hostage in Mariupol’s steel mill.

Oleg Psiuk, Kalush Orchestra’s frontman, said that Azovstal should be helped immediately.


Winners are ready to fight at home

Later, Psiuk told a news conference the band would soon return to Ukraine.

“We have temporary authorisation to stay here, and it expires in two days. We will be back in Ukraine exactly in two days.”

“It’s difficult to say exactly what I will do, since this is my first win in the Eurovision Song Contest. But, like all Ukrainians, we are ready and willing to fight until the end.

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Image Sam Ryder sang Space Man


Ryder thrilled withResult

Sam Ryder missed out on joining Katrina, the Waves and Bucks Fizz in giving the UK its sixth win ever since 1957.

He was nevertheless thrilled about the outcome: “There is so many gratitude, what a experience,” he stated.

His journey to Turin began in lockdown when he began singing on TikTok. He went on to gain 12 million followers.

After years of disappointment at the contest, he was selected by the BBC and industry professionals to lead the UK delegation.

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