Sam Ryder emotionally hugs Marius Bear as Switzerland’s entry scores ZERO Eurovision televoting points… while the UK is awarded second place in the Grand Final
Sam Ryder shared an emotional hug with Marius Bear after Switzerland’s entry did not receive any televoting points despite reaching 17th place in Saturday’s Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Turin, Italy.
The 32-year-old TikTok star took second place in the competition – the highest place in the country for more than two decades after years of ‘null points’ – after being defeated by Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra amid the country’s invasion. by Russia.
When the Essex native realized he had been received more favorably by the jury and the public vote, he approached the 29-year-old Swiss singer for a hug.
Kind: Sam Ryder shared an emotional hug with Marius Bear after Switzerland’s entry received ZERO points in Eurovision televoting…with the UK in second place
In a video posted to Instagram by Eurovision, Marius can be seen burying his head in Sam’s shoulder before kissing him on the head as they enjoy a long hug.
The Kalush Orchestra moved viewers with their moving performance of Stefania in the midst of the war in her country.
Led by rapper Oleh Psiuk, the group – completed by Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – was victorious in the grand final, with 631 points.
After impressing with their performance, which mixed rap with folk and featured breakdancing, flutes and daring ensembles, they thanked everyone who supported their country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Wow! The UK incredibly took second place – the highest place in the country for more than two decades – during the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday after years of ‘null points’
Emotional: When the Essex native realized he had been received more favorably by the jury and the public vote, he approached the 29-year-old Swiss singer for a hug
Friendly: In a video posted to Instagram by Eurovision, Marius can be seen burying his head in Sam’s shoulder before kissing him on the head as they enjoy a long hug
After they were revealed as champions and played the song a second time, they said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’
They were given special permission to travel to Italy as men their age are fighting for their country at home.
The band said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: ‘We’re showing our roots and showing how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.
“That’s why we’ve found success at home and we hope to find that kind of reception internationally as well. We take something old and make it look modern.
The UK came in second – the highest place for the country in over two decades – with Sam’s Space Man scoring 466 points.
The TikTok star – made famous with his lock covers on the video-sharing platform – turned the UK’s bad luck after scoring zero points over the past two years.
Sam said in the green room: ‘Honestly, this is amazing. It’s perverse.
“We signed up here to come and sing that we love music, and I know every artist involved this year absolutely rocked it. All were a credit to themselves and a credit to what Eurovision is; unity peace, love, union, inclusion and expression. Thank you for having us, thank you [it].’
Impressive: The group from Ukraine – formed by rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – impressed with their performance