Eurovision 2022 final LIVE: Sam Ryder restores UK pride in song contest after finishing 2nd in Ukraine after public vote OCN News

UKRAINE’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest after a searing public vote, they propelled UK’s Sam Ryder to stardom.

This happened after they took part in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, where the bookmakers offered them to win from the start.

The group’s leader, Oleh Psiuk, told the audience of 7,500 people: “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Avostal, right now,”

Many of them gave the band a standing ovation in front of millions of viewers around the world.

Meanwhile, British Eurovision hopeful Sam Ryder took to the stage with an upbeat performance of his uplifting pop song Space Man – and came second in the final vote.

Eurovision fans have praised Sam for ‘achieving the impossible’ by finishing second in Turin, Italy, ending decades of embarrassment.

It was Great Britain’s best result since 1998, when we also finished second. We last won the competition in 1997 and have consistently finished bottom of the rankings in recent years.

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