Ukraine wins Eurovision 2022!
Europe wraps its arms around Ukraine in its time of need, winning the glass trophy in Turin.
Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Kalush Orchestra won 631 points with their song Stefania – a musical embrace around the beseiged nation during a time of war.
Second place went to United Kingdom and third place to Spain.
Australia’s Sheldon Riley finished #15 with 125 points after another note-perfect performance of “Not the Same.” “Thank you Europe, anything is possible!” he declared. While the juries gave 123 points to Australia, the public just afforded a meagre 2 points, sending Australia out of the Top 10.
But Turin turned on an electric performance hosted by Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika, with SBS comentary by Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst.
Sheldon Riley said: “This has been the most incredible experience of my entire life. It’s all I ever wanted. I got to meet everyone that I’ve watched for years and years. I got to meet Conchita today, which was amazing. I was told for such a long time that this was never going to be possible, so I didn’t care where I placed, as long as I got here and that I got to the Grand Final. My performance was received so well by the room and it means the absolute world. This is everything I could have dreamed of. Eurovision is more than a competition. I don’t think there are many people in the world that have been told so strongly that weren’t able to achieve something and actually went on to do it. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. Coming from a country that didn’t get to qualify through to the Grand Final last year, I’ve been able to travel to so many countries through this experience, and fulfilled my Eurovision dream – not many people get to say that. I’m also, very very happy Ukraine won!”
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