- Eurovision Song Contest 2022 finds its winner
- Kalush Orchestra comments on their triumph
- ESC second place winner comes as a surprise
Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022! The Eastern European country competed in the music competition in Turin with the band Kalush Orchestra, receiving a great deal of support during Saturday's final.
ESC winner says "victory is for all Ukrainians”
ESC did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, but returned with Italy's Måneskin winning the following year. This year, the song "Stefania" inspired the judges and the audience so much that Ukraine ultimately emerged as the winner. At the end of Eurovision night, the country raked in a proud 631 points and was the undisputed leader.
The group members had been given special permission to leave Ukraine, as all male citizens there are currently fighting in the war against Russia. The band was all the more proud to set an example for their country! "This victory is for all Ukrainians," the musicians declared as they rejoiced over their win.
Their musical style is a mix of Ukrainian folk music and hip-hop. "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," the band shared after their big win.
The United Kingdom secured second place with the song "SPACE MAN" by singer-songwriter Sam Ryder. This was particularly surprising since the nation does not usually experience success in the competition! On the other hand however, German ESC hope Malik Harris disappointed. With his song "Rockstars," he could not convince either the judges or the audience.
Ultimately, Germany ended up in last place with a meager six points. However, Harris isn't upset about this! "I'm really, really happy that Ukraine won because that's what I wanted," he told ARD. Congratulations to Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra, and we look forward to seeing what they do after their ESC win!