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Ukraine Win Eurovision Song Contest, U.K. Come Second

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K.J. Yossman Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Italy on Saturday night. The country was represented by hip hop act Kalush Orchestra with the song “Stefania,” a tribute to lead singer Oleh Psiuk’s mother Stefania, which merges Ukrainian folklore with rap.The U.K.

came second thanks to Sam Ryder, already a viral sensation with 12.5 million Tik Tok fans, who performed the track “Space Man.”Both Ukraine, which is currently under siege from its neighbor Russia, and the U.K.

were hotly tipped to make an appearance in the top three. 25 countries competed in total in the contest, which was hosted in the Italian city of Turin.Ukraine last won in 2016 and hosted the contest the following year in capital city Kyiv.

Votes are cast by all forty countries competing in the contest, all of whom are members (or, in the case of Australia, associate members) of the European Broadcasting Union, which organizes the competition.Each country’s final score is a combination of a jury vote (with each country awarded 1 to twelve points) and a phone-in from the public.

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