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Eurovision 2022: How did UK public vote in the song contest

By Charlotte Becquart

Eurovision 2022 was as entertaining as it was stressful for the UK. After getting "nul points" last year, the country quickly became one of the most serious contenders to win the song contest.

The UK's entry, Sam Ryder, and his song Space Man, was the big favourite of the juries' votes. It received in total 283 points from the 40 different juries. Sweden came second with 258 and Spain was third with 231. But the public's votes changed everything.

Eurovision fans at home gave Ukraine the first position with 631 votes overall. Sam Ryder, from Essex, came second, with 466. Spain with its act Chanel, another favourite, finished third with 459 votes.

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The UK's jury gave Sweden and Cornelia Jakobs 12 points - the highest number of points it could give. Now the question is, how did the UK public vote during Eurovision 2022?

Here are the points awarded during the grand final, based on UK public vote:

  • Ukraine: 12 points
  • Poland: 10 points
  • Moldova: 8
  • Lithuania: 7
  • Norway: 6
  • Spain: 5
  • Sweden: 4
  • Romania: 3
  • Estonia: 2
  • Serbia: 1

The UK public, just like the majority of other voters across the world, showed support to Ukraine, which has been under Russian attack since February. During the show, TV presenter Graham Norton reminded viewers that his fellow Ukrainian host had to present the Eurovision from a bunker.

It was unclear for a while whether Ukraine could take part in the song contest this year. Kalush Orchestra only had a few weeks to rehearse its performance of folk-rap song Stefania.

But the UK also did really well, with Sam Ryder being the runner-up of Eurovision 2022. Sam, 32, became a TikTok sensation during the pandemic after performing covers of Adele, Michael Jackson and Blondie songs. He was announced as this year's UK representative in March.

His song, Space Man, co-written by him, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Amy Wadge and Max Wolfgang who has previously worked with BTS.

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