Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine celebrates onstage, together with presenters Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini, and Mika, after winning the 66th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC 2022) in Turin, Italy, on Saturday. Photo by Alessandro Di Marco/EPA–EFE
May 14 (UPI) — World leaders have congratulated Ukraine for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, the third time the country has won beloved international competition.
The Kalush Orchestra, a Ukrainian folk-rap group, won the Grand Final with “Stefania”, as the performance was live broadcast from Turin, Italy.
” Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal right now,” lead singer Oleh Psiuk shouted from the stage after the performance, according to The Guardian.
Ukraine won the song contest. This raises questions about the location of next year’s song contest, since the winner country usually takes this honor.
The European Broadcasting Union that owns and operates Eurovision stated in a statement it would discuss with Ukraine’s public broadcaster, as well as other stakeholders, “all the requirements, responsibilities, and hosting the competition”.
” “Obviously, hosting next year’s contest presents unique challenges,” reads the statement.
British Prime Min Boris Johnson congratulated them and said that he was “incredibly proud of” Sam Ryder, the British singer-songwriter for his second-place finish in “Space Man.” “
“Congratulations to Ukraine for winning the @Eurovision Song Contest 2022,” Johnson tweeted. “It is a clear ref