Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Winner
The Eurovision Song Contest is an international songwriting competition organised every year by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It features participants representing “primarily” European countries where each “participating country submits an original song to be performed on live television and radio, transmitted to national broadcasters via the EBU’s Eurovision and Euroradio networks, with competing countries then casting votes for the other countries’ songs to determine a winner”. This year of 2022, Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra have won the Eurovision Song Contest, so read on for further details about the event and the winners!
Held on Saturday evening the 14th of May 2022 in Turin, Italy, Ukraine won the 66th Eurovision Song Contest “riding a tidal wave of support from the telephone-voting European public”. The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, expressed the victory happily by saying, “we will do our best” to one day host the contest in “Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt!” This is Ukraine’s third win since it started appearing on Eurovision in 2003. The president added, “I am sure our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off.”
Ukraine’s winning song is a mix between rap and elements of Ukrainian folk music, originally written in honour of the Kalush Orchestra’s mothers, who then rededicated it “to all matriarchs in Ukraine”. The six men in the group all needed to receive special permits to leave Ukraine and travel to Italy for the Song Contest during the current war between Russia and Ukraine.
Check out their song “Stefania” below:
Kalush Orchestra scored 631 points coming in first place, and UK’s Sam Ryder came in second place with 283 points, making it the country’s best result since 1998.
Here are the top 5 winners from Eurovision 2022:
- Ukraine – Kalush Orchestra: Stefania
- UK – Sam Ryder: Space Man
- Spain – Chanel: SloMo
- Sweden – Cordelia Jakobs; Hold Me Closer
- Serbia – Konstrakta: In Corpore Sano