Eurovision 2022: Ukraine wins song contest & United Kingdom's Sam Ryder takes second place
What a night it was - Ukraine and United Kingdom were excellent
Oh what a night. There were some excellent performances from the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest which this year was held in Italy.
Ukraine won the contest over all, taking the number one spot, with a total of 631 points, from both the jury votes and public votes. It was a rap-folk band.
The United Kingdom's entry this year was Sam Ryder with his performance of 'Space Man'. The United Kingdom finished Eurovision 2022 in second place, which its best result since 1998.
'Space Man' soared to the top spot in the jury vote, securing 283 points but Ukraine then took the UK's position at the top when the public votes were added. The UK came 5th in the public vote.
Second place for the United Kingdom is great. in 2019 and 2021, the United Kingdom finished the song contest in last place and hadn't been in the top ten since 2009.
Here is the leaderboard for the top five:
Kalush Orchestra with 'Stefania' - Ukraine
Sam Ryder with 'Space Man' - United Kingdom
Chanel with 'SloMo' - Spain
Cordelia Jakobs with 'Hold Me Closer' - Sweden
Konstrakta with 'In Corpore Sano' - Serbia
We cannot wait to see what next year's Eurovision brings. It could mean the number one spot for the United Kingdom of one of the top five countries from this year.
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Main image credit: EBU / CORINNE CUMMING