LIVE – Eurovision 2022: Ukraine wins competition, France ranks penultimate

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The 66th edition of Eurovision ends

We close this direct, thanks for following this 2022 vintage of the European Song Contest with BFMTV.

It’s official, Ukraine wins the competition.

With 631 points, the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra won thanks to their song “Stefania”. The French Alvan & Ahez finished penultimate, in 24th place.

France penultimate

Whatever the last points that will be shared, the sad score for France is already known: with 17 points, Alvan & Ahez come penultimate in the competition.

United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain are acclaimed by the juries

The points awarded by international juries so far show a particular enthusiasm for songs from the UK, Spain and Sweden. Were the punters wrong in predicting Ukraine’s victory? Audience points can still turn everything upside down.

Distribution of jury points
Distribution of jury points © YouTube screenshot

The distribution of the votes of the international juries has begun

Only a few minutes left to find out who won!

The distribution of points began
Point distribution has started © YouTube Screenshot

Samantha Cristoforetti sends a message from the ISS

The Italian astronaut spoke from space in a message broadcast during the evening.

Mika offers a medley of his greatest hits

The artist briefly took off his co-host cap for the evening to look for his singing shoes. Mika performed a medley of several of his hits on stage at Eurovision 2022. Fans recognized love today, Grace Kelly, Happy ending as well as his new single, yo-yo.

Mika on stage at Eurovision 2022
Mika on stage at Eurovision 2022 © YouTube screenshot

Måneskin, last year’s winners, return to the stage

As tradition dictates, last year’s winners came to perform a song on the Eurovision stage.

mane skin
Maneskin © YouTube Screenshot

End of benefits, place to vote!

All 25 candidates have acted, now it’s time for the international public to cast their votes.

Moldovan band lights up the stage

Zdob și Zdub & Advahov Brothers, the Moldovan group, is one of the surprises of this 66th edition of Eurovision. Although the bettors predicted an elimination in the first semi-final, they managed to qualify. And his quirky side certainly served them well: his piece, between rap, accordion and wild dance, was accompanied by loud cheers in the room.

The colors of the Ukrainian flag briefly appeared.

The performance of the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra ended with a flash of blue and then yellow, the colors of their flag. The group’s participation in the competition took place under special conditions: since February, Europe has lived to the rhythm of Russia’s violent offensive on Ukraine.

The Ukrainian group, great favorite of the competition, arrives on stage

This is undoubtedly the most anticipated performance of the evening. The Ukrainians from Kalush Orchestra, great favorites of the contest, who had to obtain special authorization to leave their country at war and perform, perform their song in turn.

Kalush Orchestra
Kalush Orchestra © YouTube Screenshot

The Italian Mahmood returns, three years after his first participation

Mahmood came second in Eurovision in 2019 with his song soldier. He is representing his country again tonight with brividia duet with his compatriot Blanco.

Roselyne Bachelot sends her support to Alvan & Ahez

The French representatives of Eurovision 2022 received the support of Roselyne Bachelot. On Twitter, the Minister of Culture of the Castex government expressed her enthusiasm after her performance: “It was great! We are with you.”

Around France!

Alvan & Ahez are the 6th to perform on stage at the 2022 Eurovision final. The French group performs its title in Breton, Fulenn, in the context of a pyrotechnic show. Is loud cheering from the audience a good sign?

Do you remember them?

The face of the singer of the group representing Finland is probably familiar to you. And for good reason: it’s the group The Rasmus, who achieved international success in 2003 with the song In The Shadows. They return to the Eurovision scene with “Jezebel”.

The singer of El Rasmus
The singer of The Rasmus © YouTube screenshot

Suspended moment with the song of Portugal, “Saudade Saudade”

The singer Maro charmed the public with her folk ballad, Saude Saude.

The functions begin!

The ball is thrown with the Czech Republic and the group We Are Domi, who interpret their title Lights off .

We are Domi singer
The We Are Domi singer © YouTube screenshot

Brief reminder of the rules…

A little reminder with the trio of facilitators: each participating country can vote… but not for itself.

The cheerleader trio
The cheerleader trio © YouTube screenshot

First appearance of the French during the parade of flags

Alvan & Ahez, the French candidates, have just taken the stage for the parade of flags.

Alvan and Ahez
Alvan & Ahez © Screenshot France 2

The show starts!

It is 9:00 p.m., the final of Eurovision 2022 starts at the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Follow the evening with

Who to present this 66th edition of Eurovision?

This year, Laura Pausini, the singer Mika and Alessandro Cattelan, Italian television personality, will present the show on the stage of the PalaOlimpico in Turin. Commentary in French will be provided by Stéphane Bern and Laurence Boccolini.

Who are the 25 countries in the race?

A total of 25 countries will compete against each other on Saturday night. Twenty of them were selected during two semifinals, on Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 12. Added to this list are the Big Five, the largest financial contributors to the competition, who automatically qualify. These are France, Spain, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom.

How to see the final?

The evening is broadcast live on France 2 from 9:00 p.m. and hosted by Stephane Bernwho presented the evening for the first time in 2010, and Laurence Boccolini, who commentates on the Eurovision Song Contest for the second consecutive year.

The official Eurovision account on YouTube also broadcasts live the ceremony presented in Turin by Miguel and Laura Pausini, from the PalaOlimpico sports center.

What is the running order of the candidates?

Less trivial than it seems, the order of passage during the evening can influence the final classification.

It is the Czech Republic that opens the dance this afternoon, with Lights off, performed by Somos Domi. The French move to sixth position and the Ukrainians to twelfth position.

Who are the favourites, a few hours from the final?

If Ukraine dominates the forecasts this year, other candidates, admittedly quite late, occupy the podium of the bookmakers.

Sweden and Great Britain compete for second place. A great revenge for the British, who were last in Eurovision in 2021 and who this year are represented by Sam Ryder.

It is followed by Italy with Mahmood & Blanco and Spain with Chanel.

We are never safe from a good surprise, but the French are far behind in the ranking, with their song Fulenn.

Alvan & Ahez represent France

“Adrenaline takes precedence over stress,” Frenchmen Alvan & Ahez told us on Thursday. If the candidates, who sing in Breton, have the difficult task of succeeding Barbara Pravi, who offered France second place last year in Rotterdam, they take this participation with philosophy.

They prefer “not to think about the ranking” and assure: “it’s not fear, it’s kiff”.

The Ukrainians, big favorites

Makes you wonder if they haven’t already won. The group Kalush Orchestra, which this year represents Ukraine in Eurovision, has a 60% chance of winning, according to bookmakers’ predictions.

they interpret Stephaniewritten by the leader of the group in tribute to his mother, and has become a true hymn to the country.

Their popularity is such that they received a veritable “standing ovation” for their appearance on stage during the first semi-final.

“When you see Ukraine, during the first semi-final, go on stage, in front of 10,000 people standing up screaming, with tears in their eyes…”, thus evoked on BFMTV mikhail the singerpresenting Eurovision in Turin.

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