Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest as UK secures second place

Sam Ryder’s second place was the first time that the UK has placed in the top three in 20 years.

Ukraine wins Eurovision Song Contest as UK secures second place Getty Images
The folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra’s Stefania clutched the top spot.

Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest as the UK comes in second place.

The folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra clutched the top spot with Sam Ryder landing second for the UK with Space Man.

Ryder’s second place was the first time that the UK has placed in the top three at the Eurovision Song Contest in 20 years.

The singer was top after the national jury vote with 283 points, but there was a huge surge of support for Ukraine in the public vote.

Paul Hourican, head of music operations EU for TikTok, said: “From Sam’s very first TikTok, to his fantastic result at Eurovison, we’ve been fans every step of the way.

“Our community always knew his star power, his artistic talent and his phenomenal voice, and we’re delighted that the world has seen it too.

“Congratulations to Sam and all his team on his superb result and of course Ukraine as very worthy winners.”

With Ukraine still fighting Russian forces February 24 invasion, it is unclear where next year’s contest will be held, with the event hosted by the winning country.

When it was suggested on Twitter that if Ukraine cannot host it, defence secretary Ben Wallace replied: “One way or the other it will be in Ukraine!”

Receiving the coveted trophy, Kalush Orchestra said: “Thank you for supporting Ukraine. This victory is for every Ukrainian. Slava Ukraini.”

During their performance, which combined rap and Ukrainian folklore, the group were dressed in elaborate outfits, including long multi-coloured fringed ensembles.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said in a Facebook post: “Our courage impresses the world our music conquers Europe!”

“Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision!

“For the third time in its history. And I believe – not for the last time.”