Eurovision 2022: the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra, ultra favorite, wins the competition, Belgium, represented by Jérémie Makiese, finishes 19th!

The Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra was a favorite, mixing rap and traditional folklore. Due to the war in Ukraine, the European Union (EU) had excluded Russia from the competition. But to win, the Kalush Orchestra had to beat the other 24 finalists…

But ultimately no surprise at the end of the evening, it was Ukraine who won the final at the Pala Olimpico in Turin. After their performance, the six band members drew attention to the fighting in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. “Help Azovstal, now,” shouted rapper Oleg Pshuk.

Ukraine won the competition ahead of the United Kingdom and Spain, thanks to the vote of viewers who voted for the group representing the country invaded at the end of February by Russian troops. The group Kalush Orchestra, whose song “Stefania” mixes hip-hop and traditional music, collected 631 points, ahead of the British Sam Ryder and his title “Space Man” (466 points) and the Spanish singer Chanel with “Slo Mo” (459 points).

“Our music is conquering Europe,” reacted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the process.

Belgium 19th

Belgium, represented by Jérémie Makiese and his hit “Miss You”, finished in 19th position with 64 points. Belgium has only won the music competition once with Sandra Kim and her title “J’aime la vie” in 1986.

At the bottom of the standings, Germany finished in 25th and last place with 6 points. France finished penultimate with 17 points.

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