Before Harris, according to ESC commentator legend Peter Urban (74) a “top artist”, came into play, Ukraine performed in twelfth place. With their song “Stefania” Kalush Orchestra received a lot of applause in Turin on Saturday evening. With their colorful costumes, rap and breakdance interludes and a soulful chorus, they brought an impressive performance to the stage. The hall stood in solidarity for Ukraine.
No jury points for Malik Harris
Germany then entered the race for the fourth time in the history of the ESC with start number 13. Malik Harris performed his top ten hit “Rockstars”. The singer put on a one-man show, playing the piano and guitar himself. But was his performance well received by the jury and the audience?
After another change of outfit for Laura Pausini (47), Alessandro Cattelan (42) and Mika (38), the moderation trio, the hot phase of the evening followed. Every year, the awarding of points by the national juries brings beads of sweat to the foreheads of the candidates. “Anything can happen,” says Mika. In the end, Great Britain was neck and neck with singer Sam Ryder (32) and his song “Space Man” and Sweden with Cornelia Jakobs (30) and her ballad “Hold Me Closer”.
In the end Great Britain saluted from the top with 283 points. However, Sweden stayed close with 258 points. And Spain’s Chanel (31), who performed her single “SloMo”, was still involved with 231 points. Apparently, Harris could not convince the national juries with his performance: Germany received zero points.
Audience stirs everything up again – in favor of Ukraine
The audience voting had no effect on Germany’s position: with six points, Germany remained in 25th and last place. However, Serbia (Konstrakta – “In corpore sano”) and Italy (Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi”) caught up.
However, with more than 460 additional audience points, Ukraine suddenly overtook all previous favourites. In the end, nobody was able to catch up on the 631 points: Kalush Orchestra are the winners of the ESC 2022 – ahead of Great Britain and Spain. “This is a strong demonstration from Europe for Ukraine,” commentator Urban concluded.
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