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Sam Ryder ends decades of Eurovision humiliation for UK after finishing 2nd to Ukraine after nerve-wracking public vote

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Another said: “Heartbroken for Sam. Delighted for Ukraine.” But a huge public vote for Ukraine ended Sam and the rest of his country’s dreams of taking home the crown.

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Sam Ryder finished in second place for the UK[/caption]

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He couldn’t stop beaming with pride[/caption]

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Sam was a gracious winner[/caption] The UK last triumphed at Eurovision in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves – formed of Katrina Leskanich, Kimberley Rew, Vince de la Cruz and Alex Cooper. He worked as a session player for the groups The Morning After, Blessed by a Broken Heart and Close Your Eyes. But after a huge success at Eurovision, Sam’s career is set to soar even further. Around 200 million viewers are expected to have watched the final held in Turin, Italy, at the Pala Olympic Arena.

Someone else said: “Super super proud of Sam Ryder!!! So heartbroken for him, but to make it on the left hand side of the leaderboard but also make SECOND PLACE!!! Awesome.”
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“Thank you for having us, I appreciate it.” Reacting to Sam’s near-win, one viewer said: “Congratulations Ukraine, I can’t say I’m not heartbroken but I also can’t say I didn’t see this coming. He finished in second place after going up against Ukraine and Sweden in the final three. The UK was awarded a top 12 points from countries including Ukraine, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Czech Republic. Australia and Ireland failed to runner-up Sam. The UK’s first ever winner was Sandie Shaw with the track Puppet on a String in 1967, which was hosted that year in Vienna. “It is a clear reflection of not just your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom. Incredibly proud of @SamRyderMusic and how he brilliantly represented the UK tonight.” The 31-year-old TikTok star turned a typical ‘nil points’ event into an evening for the history books. EUROVISION Two years after Sandie’s win, Lulu triumphed in 1969 in Madrid with Boom Bang-a-Bang. Viewers hoped he’d go all the way after an exciting night saw the UK fly up the table. Sam’s song Space Man proved a huge hit with viewers around Europe. Speaking in the green room half way through the voting process, humble Sam said: “Shout out to mum, dad and granddad. This is amazing, it’s wicked. Read More on The Sun Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent his congratulations to the singer-songwriter. He said: “Congratulations to Ukraine for winning the @Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Then when the television audience’s votes were totalled up, Sam was overtaken by Ukraine and finished with 466 points. “Thanks for bringing us to the podium for the first time in years, Sam! Your performance was magical.”

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Sam put on a spectacular show for his country[/caption]

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The UK contender shocked viewers by finishing in second place[/caption]

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Host Graham Norton said the “unbelievable had happened” after the Uk finished top of the table with 283 points from the jury vote after Sam’s “stellar performance”. According to Ladbrokes, the UK’s Sam moved into THIRD favourite at 17/2 to go all the way with Space Man, with Sweden and Ukraine slightly in front. Eurovision fans heaped praise on UK contender Sam for “achieving the impossible” by finishing as a runner-up to Ukraine. The UK were crowned victors again in the 1980s when Bucks Fizz received the most points in 1981. Their song was called Love Shine a Light and it received a whopping 227 points. SAM Ryder ended decades of humiliation for the UK at Eurovision last night – but fans were left heartbroken by a last-minute loss. “We enjoy music and I know that every other single artist involved absolutely smashed it, they were credit to themselves and to Eurovision and what it’s all about – unity, peace, love, togetherness. Sam, 31, began working in the music industry as a singer and guitarist in 2009.

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He got a huge reaction from the Eurovision crowd[/caption]