Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision songfestivalwhile the touching war song ‘Stefania’ by Kalush Orchestra garnered the votes of the fans.
The war-torn European nation was crowned the winner after public votes drastically changed the rankings at the 11th hour, 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 so much, thank you for supporting Ukraine,” rapper Oleh Psiuk said after the win.
“This victory is for all Ukrainians,” he added.
Emotional fans took to social media to express their joy at Ukraine’s last-minute victory.
“I’m not going to lie, I actually feel quite emotional about Ukraine’s victory.” #Eurovision‘ wrote one fan.
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“The fact is they showed up, put on a great celebration of their heritage and broadcast it with the commentary of a man hiding in a bomb shelter. No shame in the UK coming second.”
Australian contender Sheldon Riley, who rose to fame on The Voice, finished 15th after the final votes were counted.
A total of 25 countries competed against each other in the final, which took place in Turin, Italy.
Germany finished last, closely followed by France and Iceland.
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