Sam Ryder brings British pride back to Eurovision after being defeated by Ukraine in public vote

UKRAINE’S Kalush Orchestra has won the Eurovision Song Contest after a stormy public vote, they saw British drag Sam Ryder to victory.

It came after they performed in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, where bookmakers tipped them to win.

The band’s frontman, Oleh Psiuk, told the 7,500-strong audience: “I ask all of you, help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Avostal, right now,”‘

Many of them gave the band a standing ovation in front of a worldwide television audience of millions.

Meanwhile, the hopeful Sam Ryder from the UK took the stage with a joyful performance of his uplifting pop song Space Man.

The 32-year-old Tik Tok star is one of 25 acts competing for the top prize at the climax of the week-long competition in Turin, Italy.

He took the stage in a dazzling one-piece set with planets, moons and stars made of beads and pearls.

Closing out his set, the singer said: “Shine bright my friends. Thanks everyone.”

Read our live blog Eurovision 2022 below for the latest updates…

  • Sweden only gets 180 points

    Pretty shocking!

    It could be the night of Ukraine!

  • VK needs 300 points to win

    We are about to find out who will win the match.

    His Ukraine, UK and Sweden have left.

  • Ukraine gets 439 points, a total of 631

    Wow – This brings Ukraine to the top of the board – with 631 points.

    There are only three left!

  • The TV mood is so close

    Bots have come in to UK TV voices.

    Serbia is now in first place with 312.

    UK stands at 283.

    Only ten countries left!

  • Last year’s Eurovision champions joke about drug allegations

    Maneskin’s lead singer advised Eurovision contestants “not to get too close to the table”, citing allegations that he was caught on camera using drugs during the match last year.

    The Italian rock band had “firmly refuted the drug abuse allegations” that emerged on social media after Damiano David appeared to be bending in front of the camera over a table in the green room of the competition.

    After Maneskin’s win last year, David denied taking drugs and said he leaned over because another band member broke a glass at their feet.

    The European Broadcasting Union later confirmed that the frontman had given a negative result in a drug test since the event.

    During the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, the reigning champions took the stage to perform their new single Supermodel.

    After their powerful performance, a limping David was asked to advise this year’s contestants, to which he quipped, “Two things. Have fun and don’t go near the table boys.”

  • Britain’s leading scoreboard after jury vote

    Is this really a dream?

    But be warned, the TV mood can change everything!

  • AJ Odudu gives British results from Manchester

    Get in! It’s Aj Odudu!

    We gave 12 points to Sweden.

    Luckily it didn’t win their points over ours.

  • UK now at 247 points

    We just got 10 from Croatia.

    Sweden number 2, Spain number 3 and Croatia number 4.

  • 12 points from France!

    Yes, the French gave us the highest marks!

    Could this be the UK’s first win in decades?

  • Current Leaderboard – UK on top

    24 out of 40 countries voted.

    The United Kingdom is at the top, with Sweden in second and Spain in third.

  • UK currently on 152 points

    Sweden and Spain are VERY close behind.

    A bit of a disappointing score from Italy – only a 3 for the UK for them.

  • UK gets 12 points from Sweden and Germany

    You get 10 points from Spain.

    We got 12 points from Sweden

    Germany also gave us 12 points.

  • More good news for the UK

    Malta has given the UK another 8.

    Ukraine gave us 12.

    Big news!

  • Sam Ryder is off to a good start

    Sam Ryder has received four points for his track Space Man.

    He also garnered 8 points from San Marino.

    North Macedonia scored us 8.

  • The lines are now closed

    The results will be counted from now on.

    Who will be the winner of this year’s competition?

  • Presenter Mika returns with Medley

    He’s not great at presenting, but he sure knows how to ponder on stage.

    He stepped onto a piano covered in light and wore a white suit with a bright floral pattern.

    Lebanon-born British singer-songwriter Mika performs an interlude at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022
    Lebanon-born British singer-songwriter Mika performs an interlude at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022Credit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder Delivers Upbeat Performance of Space Man

    Sam Ryder, hopeful for the British Song Contest, takes the stage with a cheerful performance of his uplifting pop song Space Man.

    The 32-year-old Tik Tok star is one of 25 acts competing for the top prize at the climax of the week-long competition in Turin, Italy.

    He took the stage in a dazzling piece studded with planets, moons and stars made of beads and pearls.

    Ryder was the 22nd act to perform, playing guitar halfway through the show to a crowd of 7,000 fans in the Pala Olympica arena who sang along.

    Closing out his set, the singer said: “Shine bright my friends. Thanks everyone.”

    Graham Norton, who is once again anchoring the match on BBC One, said: “What a powerhouse. You can’t ask for much more than that.

    “There’s a sea of ​​Union Jack flags.”

  • Moonlight is back with Supermodel

    Yes, last year’s winners are back with another hit.

    The Italian Måneskin plays Supermodel – a new disco-tinged rock tune sunny in English.

    The public loves it – but what happened to Zitti E Buoni?

    Soon they’ll give us a sneak peek at a song they’ve written for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic.

    Maneskin performs during an interlude at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest
    Maneskin performs during an interlude at the final of the Eurovision Song ContestCredit: AFP
  • Serbia’s bid for weirdest song of the night – but it carries a powerful message

    Wash a lot of hands in the arrival of Serbia tonight.

    Konstrakta mentions Meghan Markle in the song.

    But the text of ‘In corpore sano’ has a deeper meaning about the state of health care in Serbia.

    Konstrakta from Serbia sings her politically charged In Corpore Sano
    Konstrakta from Serbia sings her politically charged In Corpore SanoCredit: AP
  • Poland’s entry sounds like Rag’N’Bone Man

    Poland’s entry is really impressive, with a mix of trip-hop beats and powerful baritone and fal,setto vocals.

    Ochman’s powerful ballad Rivver was flanked by lighting effects and ghostly dancers

    It sounds a bit like the British hit parade Rag’N’Bone Man.

    Singer Ochman performs on behalf of Poland during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final
    Singer Ochman performs on behalf of Poland during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 finalCredit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder performs his life

    Our hopeful Sam Ryder just rocked the stage.

    The corw absolutely loved his hit Space Man.

    His epic power ballad resonated with the crowd as they cheered and cheered for him.

    Could tonight be Sam’s night?

    Singer Sam Ryder performs at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin
    Singer Sam Ryder performs at the Pala Alpitour venue in TurinCredit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder is about to take the stage

    Could it be our first victory this century?

    Come on Sam – let’s go!

  • Australia’s Emotional Achievements

    Sheldon Riley, who first rose to fame with The Voice Australia, has just unmasked a powerful, tearful performance.

    Giant steps? A 40-pound white outfit made of ostrich feathers? A Swarowski crystal mask and hand jewelry?

    It can only be Eurovision.

  • Kalush Orchestra pleads for the city of Mariupol

    The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra held a plea for the city of Mariupol and the Azovstal factory on Saturday at the end of their performance in the Eurovision Song Contest.

    “Help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal right now,” singer Oleh Psiuk shouted from the front of the stage in the Italian city of Turin after the band performed the song “Stefania”.

    Russian forces are constantly bombarding the steelworks in the southern port of Mariupol, the last bastion of hundreds of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost completely controlled by Russia after more than two months of siege.

    Kalush Orchestra is tipped to win the annual song contest, which is watched by an international television audience expected to approach 200 million, aided by a wave of public sympathy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

    In a video speech released ahead of the event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he believed the Kalush Orchestra would win.

    “Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra, (song) No. 12! Let’s support our compatriots! Let’s support Ukraine!” he said, clenching his fist.

  • Moldova brings the folk rap

    Did you think Ukraine brought an infusion of folk and rap?

    Think again – Moldova has taken it to the next level.

    With real accordion players and the rather irresistible rap “hey ho, let’s go”.

    Still, people seemed to love it!

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