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Ukraine wins Eurovision after delaying counting of ‘irregular voting patterns’

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After their performance, Oleh Psyuk of the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra shouted from the stage: “Help Ukraine, Mariupol, help Azovstal now!” The comments referred to the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, and the Azovstal steel plants where, according to reports, about 600 seriously wounded Ukrainians are under siege.

Strictly speaking, the Eurovision rules require national delegations to “ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest is in no way politicized”. Under normal circumstances, Psiuk’s comments from the stage might have called for disqualification, but the EBU was unlikely to act.

Greek Amanda Georgiade Teneford at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin.credit:Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

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The result means that Ukraine will become the “host” country next year, but the conflict between Russia and Ukraine means that it will almost certainly not be able to host the competition in practice. The EBU usually submits it to the next highest-score country – the UK – before looking elsewhere.

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet She reported that the mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Gerlmeyer, called the Ukrainian ambassador to Sweden to offer her city as an alternative.

The road to Eurovision is long and bloody. Along the way, countries have been thrown to the side in the sudden death semi-finals, including Israel, Georgia, San Marino and Cyprus. Even “Malta” Goodrem, the piano-playing pianist who seemed promising for a moment, didn’t make it to the final.

Although English-language songs have proliferated in the competition’s recent history, this year has seen an unusual switch to a native language. The songs were performed in Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Serbian and even Latin and Breton.

Eurovision hosts Micah, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan.

Eurovision hosts Micah, Laura Pausini and Alessandro Cattelan.credit:Corinne Cumming / EBU

By contrast, it was the lyrics in English at times slipping into the kind of nonsense that gave Eurovision its well-earned reputation in camp and slander. Take Norway for example. Give this wolf a banana: Is this saliva or blood running from your chin? / If you don’t like the name Keith I’ll call you Jim.

However, Eurovision has been somewhat fickle. Spain Slovakia Mo, performed by Chanel, got everyone in the press center backstage dancing. and Moldova Traindone by Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers, spurred something only Eurovision could: the conga line behind the scenes.

Riley’s journey to Eurovision began with seeing drag performer Conchita Wurst in the 2014 competition. “I had a lot of problems because I loved her, I loved her,” Riley said. “I wanted to know all about Conchita. It was an obsession. But it was more than that.”

This whole trip came just hours before Riley’s Eurovision final, when Wurst visited the Turin press center to meet Riley in person. “I think I find it so easy to get dressed now because once you’re in so much pain, so much heartache, nothing really big anymore,” Riley said.

Australian Sheldon Riley shines in the Eurovision final.

Australian Sheldon Riley shines in the Eurovision final.credit:Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

A total of 35 nations, including Australia, competed in two semi-final races, with the 10 winning nations each advancing to the final, where they met the so-called “Big Five” – ​​France, Germany, Spain, UK, UK and Italy – who automatically reserve a place in the final.

The addition of the “Big Five” significantly raised the bar, with strong performances from Italy sang two Mahmoud and Blanco partnership singing goosebumpsAnd French singing, Alvin and Ahiz VolynSam Ryder from UK sings Space man And the Spanish Chanel that all dances, sings and sings Slovakia Mo.

Australia finished last at 21st out of 25 in the running rankings, a position many considered beneficial. There is a general perception that the competition in the second half of the line-up is better, and the songs performed in the second half of the line-up are the latest in the memory of the tele-voted television audience.

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Romania was not so lucky, taking second place in the standings in a row. No country that has achieved second place in Eurovision rankings has won the Eurovision competition in the competition’s six-decade history, and as a result, the second berth position is damned. (Footnote for the masses: No country ranked 16th in the rankings won.)

A highlight of the night was the return to the Eurovision stage for Italian singer Gigliola Cinquetti who won Eurovision for Italy in 1964 with the song. I’m not old enough. She is back on stage today, after 58 years, to perform the song again.

This year marks the seventh Eurovision campaign in Australia; Our top scoring participant was Dami M in 2016 with sound of silenceHe finished second out of 26 finalists.

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The 2022 consensus was a success at Eurovision, despite a decision by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to expel Russia, which has competed 23 times since its inception in 1994, following the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The move, resulting from internal pressure from other rival nations, who threatened to quit if Russia was allowed to participate, was the first time in the competition’s six-decade history that an artist was actually sanctioned for the actions of a member government.

The competition was held at PalaOlimpico, in the Italian city of Turin; Italy has previously hosted the competition in Naples in 1965 and Rome in 1991. Eurovision’s television viewership is estimated at 182 million, including television audiences in more than 40 participating countries, the United States and via YouTube.

The Eurovision 66 Song Contest Final will be repeated tonight at 7.30pm on SBS.

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