Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra have won the Eurovision Song Contest, in a symbolic show of public support following the country’s invasion by Russia.
The rap-folk band, who were given special permission to leave the war-torn country, soared to first place with 631 points.
They ended their performance in Turin with a plea: “Please help Ukraine, help Mariupol, help Azovstal right now.”The UK however came in second through its representative, Sam Ryder.
It is the country’s best result since 1998 as the country has now been in the top 10 since Jade Ewen came fifth in 2009.
Spain also enjoyed a dramatic recovery in its fortunes, coming third with the slickly-choreographed SloMo.