Graham Norton has hilariously poked fun at the UK after the nation finished in second place in the Eurovision final, as viewers frantically took to social media to share their collective shock.
Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday after winning a staggering 439 points in the public televote, giving them a total of 631, with the UK close behind.
Great Britain had stormed to the top of the standings after the jury vote with 283 points, earning an additional 183 points from the public, placing them in second place with 466 – the highest ranking in the country in more than two decades.
Astonishing: Graham Norton poked fun at the UK after the country finished second in the Eurovision final with Sam Ryder’s performance of Space Man
Despite the UK’s poor Eurovision history in recent years, Sam Ryder, 32, amazingly broke the trend with his popular performance of Space Man, bucking the ‘nil point’ trend.
And Graham Norton couldn’t help but express his surprise when he humorously insisted it was ‘not a glitch’ or a ‘sketch’ as the UK crept higher and higher on the scoreboard.
Commenting on his success at the final at the PalaOlimpico arena in Turin, Sam gushed, “Thank you so much…there is so much gratitude in this green room…what an experience.”
Wow! The UK came in incredibly second on Saturday – the country’s highest place in more than two decades – in the Eurovision Song Contest after years of ‘zero points’
Joy: Ukraine took the win after winning a whopping 439 points from the public televote, giving them a total of 631, while Great Britain finished in second place with 466 points
And viewers were equally shocked by the UK’s popularity, as ‘what’s happening’ quickly started trending on Twitter as tension mounted during the scoring.
One person tweeted: ‘I love that WHAT HAPPENS is trending because the whole UK is collectively losing its mind that we are not complete pariahs in #Eurovision.’
Another wrote: ‘FRANCE GIVES THE UK 12 POINTS? WHAT IS HAPPENING?! IS EVERYONE OK? #Eurovision’
A third added: ‘What’s happening????? did we somehow end up in the multiverse? why is everyone giving the VK points??’
Surprised: Viewers took to Twitter to share their shock when ‘what’s happening’ started trending on Twitter as nation couldn’t believe the UK scored so high, beaten only by Ukraine
Excited: UK stormed to the top of the jury standings (pictured) before taking second place by public vote in Saturday’s final Eurovision Song Contest
And a fourth said: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS BUT I’M ALIVE!!! #United Kingdom #EUROVISION.’
While a fifth wrote: ‘I love that the UK response to doing well in EV is that WHAT’S HAPPENING is trending.’
Another said: ‘The UK was in second place in the Eurovision Song Contest?! What’s happening oh my god.’
And one person joked: ‘I was too busy with my What is Happening in front of the TV to realize that everyone on Twitter was losing their minds too #Eurovision2022! Can we send @SamRyderMusic to the Eurovision Song Contest every year?’
TikTok star Sam – who rose to fame with his lockdown covers on the video sharing platform – turned bad luck in the UK after scoring zero points in the past two years.
Overjoyed: TikTok star Sam – who rose to fame with his closed covers on the video-sharing platform – has changed the bad luck in the UK after scoring zero points in the past two years
In the green room, an overjoyed Sam said, “Frankly, this is great. It’s bad.
“We signed up here to sing, we enjoy music, and I know every artist involved this year absolutely crushed it.
“Everyone was an honor for themselves and an honor for what Eurovision is about; unity peace, love, togetherness, inclusiveness and expression
‘Thank you for having us, appreciate’ [it]†
Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Sam on his performance, tweeting: ‘Incredibly proud of Sam Ryder and how brilliantly he represented the UK tonight.’
Winners! Despite UK success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra that took home the crown after moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania
Despite British success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra that took home the crown after moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the war in the country.
The group – consisting of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – impressed with their performance, which mixed rap with folk and featured break dance, flutes and daring ensembles.
After taking the stage, they thanked everyone for supporting their country during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
After becoming known as the champions and singing the song a second time, they said, “Thank you, thank you so much.”
They had been given special permission to travel to Italy, as men their age are currently fighting for their country in their own.
Impressive: the group, consisting of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk, was impressed by their performance
The band said of the song, which pays tribute to mothers: “We’re showing our roots and we’re showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.
‘That is why we have found success at home and we hope that we can also find such a reception internationally. We take something old and make it sound modern.’
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quick to praise Ukraine, describing their victory as “a clear reflection not only of your talent, but of unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”
He wrote: ‘Congratulations to Ukraine on winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
“It is a clear reflection of not only your talent, but also the unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”
Gratitude: After taking the stage, the group thanked everyone for supporting their country during the Russian invasion of Ukraine