UK’s Sam Ryder on track to WIN with HUGE lead

UKRAINE’S Kalush Orchestra has issued an impassioned appeal to free those still trapped in the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

It came after they performed in the Eurovision Song Contest final, where bookmakers tipped them to win.

The group’s leader, Oleh Psiuk, told the audience of 7,500 people: “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Avostal, now,”

Many of them gave the band a standing ovation in front of millions of viewers around the world.

Meanwhile, British Eurovision hopeful Sam Ryder took to the stage with an upbeat performance of his uplifting pop song Space Man.

The 32-year-old Tik Tok star is one of 25 artists vying for the top prize at the climax of the week-long contest in Turin, Italy.

He took to the stage in a dazzling room encrusted with planets, moons and stars made of pearls and beads.

Concluding his set, the singer said, “Shine bright my friends. Thank you all.”

Read our Eurovision 2022 live blog below for the latest updates…

  • AJ Odudu gives UK results from Manchester

    Walk in! It’s Aj Odudu!

    We gave Sweden 12 points.

    Luckily, that didn’t make their points lower than ours.

  • UK now on 247 points

    We just received 10 from Croatia.

    Sweden number 2, Spain number 3 and Croatia number 4.

  • 12 points from France!

    Yes, the French gave us top marks!

    Could this be the UK’s first win in decades?

  • Current ranking – United Kingdom in the lead

    24 out of 40 countries voted.

    The UK leads, Sweden second and Spain third.

  • UK currently on 152 points

    Sweden and Spain are VERY close behind.

    A bit of a disappointing score from Italy – just a 3 for the UK for them.

  • UK take 12 points ahead of Sweden and Germany

    The United Kingdom gets 10 points from Spain.

    We got 12 points from Sweden

    Germany also gave us 12 points.

  • More good news for the UK

    Malta gave the UK another 8.

    Ukraine gave us 12.

    Great news!

  • Sam Ryder off to a great start

    Sam Ryder received four points for his Space Man title.

    He also picked up 8 points from San Marino.

    North Macedonia scored us 8.

  • Lines are now closed

    The results will be counted immediately.

    Who will be the winner of this year’s competition?

  • Presenter Mika returns with Medley

    He’s not good at presentation, but he certainly knows how to perform on stage.

    He strutted across a piano covered in lights – dressed in a white suit adorned with a pattern of brightly colored flowers.

    Lebanese-born British singer-songwriter Mika performs during an interlude during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final
    Lebanese-born British singer-songwriter Mika performs during an interlude during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 finalCredit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder delivers an upbeat Space Man performance

    British Eurovision hopeful Sam Ryder took to the stage with an upbeat performance of his inspirational pop song Space Man.

    The 32-year-old Tik Tok star is one of 25 artists vying for the top prize at the climax of the week-long competition in Turin, Italy.

    He took to the stage in a dazzling room encrusted with planets, moons and stars made of pearls and beads.

    Ryder was the 22nd act to perform, playing a guitar mid-show before a crowd of 7,000 fans at the Pala Olympica arena who sang along.

    Concluding his set, the singer said, “Shine bright my friends. Thank you all.”

    Graham Norton, who is re-anchoring the contest on BBC One, said: “What a powerful performance. You can’t ask for much more than that.

    “There’s a sea of ​​Union Jack flags.”

  • Moonlight is back with Supermodel

    Yes, last year’s winners are back with a new hit.

    Italians Måneskin perform Supermodel – a new suny disco-tinged rock ditty in English.

    The crowd loves it – but what happened to Zitti E Buoni?

    Soon, they’ll be giving us a taste of a song they wrote for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic.

    Maneskin performs during an interlude during the Eurovision Song Contest final
    Maneskin performs during an interlude during the Eurovision Song Contest finalCredit: AFP
  • Serbia’s bid for the weirdest song of the night – but it has a powerful message

    Lots of hand washing as we enter Serbia tonight.

    Konstrakta mentions Meghan Markle in the song.

    But the words of “In corpore sano” have a deeper meaning about the state of the health system in Serbia.

    Konstrakta from Serbia singing it politically charged In Corpore Sano
    Konstrakta from Serbia singing it politically charged In Corpore SanoCredit: AP
  • Poland entrance looks like Rag’N’Bone Man

    Poland’s entry is truly impressive, with a mix of trip hop beats and powerful baritone and fal,setto vocals.

    Ochman’s powerful ballad Rivver was flanked by lighting effects and ghostly dancers

    Sounds a bit like the UK chart topper Rag’N’Bone Man.

    Singer Ochman performs on behalf of Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 final
    Singer Ochman performs on behalf of Poland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 finalCredit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder gives the performance of his life

    Our hopeful Sam Ryder just rocked the stage.

    Audiences loved his hit Space Man.

    His epic power-ballad resonated with the crowd as they shouted and cheered.

    Could it be Sam’s night tonight?

    Singer Sam Ryder performs at the Pala Alpitour in Turin
    Singer Sam Ryder performs at the Pala Alpitour in TurinCredit: AFP
  • Sam Ryder about to take the stage

    Could this be our first victory of this century?

    Come on Sam – let’s go!

  • Australia’s emotional performance

    Sheldon Riley, who first rose to prominence on The Voice Australia, just delivered a powerful and tearful performance.

    Giant steps? A 40-kilo white outfit made of ostrich feathers? A Swarovski crystal mask and hand jewelry?

    It can only be Eurovision.

  • Kalush Orchestra pleads for the city of Mariupol

    The Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra on Saturday launched a plea for the city of Mariupol and its factory in Azovstal after their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

    “Please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal now,” vocalist Oleh Psiuk shouted from the front of the stage in the Italian city of Turin after the band performed his song “Stefania.”

    Russian forces are constantly bombarding steel mills in the southern port of Mariupol, the last stronghold of hundreds of Ukrainian defenders in a city almost entirely controlled by Russia after more than two months of siege.

    Kalush Orchestra is tipped to win the annual song contest, watched by an international TV audience expected to approach 200 million, helped by a wave of public sympathy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

    In a video address released ahead of the event, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he believed the Kalush Orchestra would win.

    “Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra, (song) n° 12! Let’s support our compatriots! Support Ukraine! he said, clenching his fist.

  • Moldova brings folk rap

    Did you think Ukraine brought an infusion of folk and rap?

    Think again – Moldova has taken it to the next level.

    With real accordionists and the rather irresistible rap “hey ho, let’s go”.

    Still, people seemed to love it!

  • Fans love Ukraine’s entry

    There was plenty of applause for Ukraine’s powerful song tonight.

    The folk dance group received a lot of applause on Twitter.

    One wrote: “Ukraine should win Eurovision ngl!”

  • Ukraine deliver powerful message in grand final

    The folk rap group Kalush Orchestra performed their song Stefania in an impressive way during the grand finale of Eurovision.

    The Ukrainian act is the current favorite to win, having been the favorite since the invasion of Russia – prompting organizers to ban the country from competing.

    The group was dressed in elaborate outfits, including long ensembles with multicolored fringe, a pink bob and others with traditional patterns.

    They are among 25 artists vying for the top prize after the week-long contest in Turin, Italy.

    Their performance, which mixed rap and Ukrainian folklore, was well received by the 7,000 spectators at the Pala Olimpico, who cheered on the group by waving many Ukrainian flags.

    At the end of the show, which included breakdancing, the band thanked everyone for supporting Ukraine.

  • Azerbaijan brings a mind-blowing mega-ballad

    Nadir Rustamli performs Fade To Black for Azerbaihjan.

    He sings about his old self in an overwhelming, personal ballad that touches the soul.

    The powerful mega-ballad presents the first big steps of the evening.

    Our first Grands Pas of the evening, and a powerful mega-ballad

  • Eurovision audience sings in unison during Italy performance

    The audience at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final sang along with Italian entrants Mahmood and Blanco, who gave an emotional performance singing Brividi.

    Graham Norton, who is once again hosting the competition on BBC One, said: “Wow this is mind blowing.

    “The whole Pala Olimpico was singing along with every word, I can’t overstate how successful the song is.”

    Italian rock band Maneskin, reigning Eurovision Song Contest champions, will take the stage to perform their new single Supermodel.

  • Germany’s song quite forgettable

    Germany took the stage with Malik Harris playing Rockstars.

    It’s a cheesy, watery Eminem-style rap that just didn’t help the tasteless, washed-out nature of the track.

  • Ukraine song played

    What did you think of Kalusha Orchestra’s song?

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