Ukraine won the European Song Contest in a show of immense support from the rest of the continent after Russia’s invasion of the country.
Performing the folk rap song Stefania, the Kalush Orchestra took the top spot, beating strong competition from the UK and Italy.
The group took to the streets to fight against the Russian invaders just weeks before taking to the stage in Turin – instead of rehearsing for the biggest show of their lives.
Sam Ryder of the UK took second place – the UK broke into the top three for the first time in Europe Regional Song Contest In 20 years.
The singer came out on top after a national jury vote with 283 points, but there was a huge amount of support for Ukraine in the public vote.
The UK has been waiting a quarter of a century for a Eurovision victory and the announcement of the winner is a bit confusing, as it comes to the final vote.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed Ukraine’s victory, telling the world in his nightly address: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!
“I firmly believe that our decisive victory in the battle with the enemy is not far away.
“Pride for Ukraine!”
Ukraine was supported by many supporters to claim the title and on that night there was a huge amount of support from across Europe for the war-torn country. Almost all the participants sported the Ukrainian flag as well as their own.
After their performance, they prayed earnestly to free those trapped in the besieged Mariupol steel factory.
Russia was eliminated from the competition this year in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Hundreds of millions of people across Europe watched one of the most watched televised events in the world, with a song about Meghan Markle and a song called Give That Wolf A Banana among the 25 shortlisted entries. into the final round.
Sam Ryder nearly missed the likes of Katrina and Waves and the Bucks Fizz to give the UK its sixth win since 1957.
But he was surprised by the results: “There was so much gratitude, what an experience,” he said.
His journey to Turin began during the lockdown, when he started singing on TikTok, which went on to amass 12 million followers on the app.
He was chosen by the BBC and industry experts to lead the UK delegation, after years of disappointing results at the competition – including last year’s numerical score.