Graham Norton mocks UK’s second place finish at Eurovision

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Graham Norton has hilariously mocked the UK after the nation came second in the Eurovision final, as viewers frantically took to social media to share their collective shock.

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday after winning 439 points in the televised public vote, giving them a grand total of 631, with the UK coming close behind.

Great Britain moved up to the top of the standings after the jury vote with 283 points and secured a further 183 points. from the public, placing them in second place with 466 – the highest place in the country for more than two decades.

Unbelievable: Graham Norton mocked the UK after the nation came second in the Eurovision final with Sam Ryder’s Space Man performance

Despite the poor history of Eurovision in the UK in recent years, 32-year-old Sam Ryder surprisingly broke the trend with his popular performance of Space Man, bucking the ‘zero point’ trend.

And Graham Norton couldn’t help but express his surprise as he humorously insisted it was ‘no problem’ or a ‘sketch’ as ​​the UK continued to climb in ranking.

Responding to his success in the final at the PalaOlimpico arena in Turin, Sam gushed: “Thank you so much…there’s so much gratitude sitting in that green room…what an experience.”

Joy: Ukraine claimed victory after taking 439 points in the televised public vote, giving them a grand total of 631, while Britain came second with 466 points

Joy: Ukraine claimed victory after taking 439 points in the televised public vote, giving them a grand total of 631, while Britain came second with 466 points

And viewers were equally shocked by the UK’s popularity, as “what’s going on” quickly started trending on Twitter as tension grew during the rating.

One person tweeted: ‘Love that WHAT HAPPENS is trending because the whole UK is collectively losing its mind that we’re not complete pariahs in #Eurovision.’

Another wrote: ‘FRANCE GIVE UK 12 POINTS? WHAT IS HAPPENING?! IS EVERYBODY OK? #Eurovision’

A third added: ‘What’s going on????? did we somehow end up in the multiverse? Why does everyone give points in the UK? »

Amazed: Viewers took to Twitter to share their shock as 'what's happening' started to trend on Twitter as the nation couldn't believe the UK was ranked so highly, beaten only by the 'Ukraine

Amazed: Viewers took to Twitter to share their shock as ‘what’s happening’ started to trend on Twitter as the nation couldn’t believe the UK was ranked so highly, beaten only by the ‘Ukraine

Delighted: The UK stormed to the top of the Jury Rankings (pictured) before public voting saw them drop to second place in Saturday's final Eurovision Song Contest

Delighted: The UK stormed to the top of the Jury Rankings (pictured) before public voting saw them drop to second place in Saturday’s final Eurovision Song Contest

And a fourth said: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING BUT I LIVE!!! #UK #EUROVISION.’

While a fifth wrote: ‘I love that the UK answer to doing well in EV is WHAT HAPPENS is in fashion.’

Another added: ‘The UK was second in Eurovision?! What’s going on oh my god.’

And one person joked: ‘I was too busy doing what’s happening in front of the TV to realize everyone on Twitter was also losing their minds #Eurovision2022!’ Can we send @SamRyderMusic to Eurovision every year?’

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TikTok star Sam – who rose to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform – has changed the UK’s bad luck after scoring zero points in the past two years.

Overjoyed: TikTok star Sam - who rose to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform - has changed the UK's bad luck after scoring zero points in the past two years

Overjoyed: TikTok star Sam – who rose to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform – has changed the UK’s bad luck after scoring zero points in the past two years

In the Green Room, a delighted Sam said, “Honestly, it’s amazing. It’s mean.

“We signed up here to come and sing, we love the music, and I know every artist involved this year has absolutely smashed it.

“Everyone was honoring themselves and what Eurovision is; unity, peace, love, togetherness, inclusivity and expression

‘Thank you for having us, thank you [it].’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised Sam for his performance, tweeting: “Incredibly proud of Sam Ryder and the way he brilliantly represented the UK tonight.”

Winners!  Despite the UK's success, it was Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra who took the crown after moving viewers with their poignant rendition of Stefania

Winners! Despite the UK’s success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra who took the crown after moving viewers with their poignant rendition of Stefania

Despite the UK’s success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra that took the crown after moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the country’s war.

The group – consisting of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – wowed with their performance, which fused rap with folk and featured breakdancing, flutes and daring ensembles.

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After taking the stage, they thanked everyone for supporting their country during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

After being revealed as champions and performing the song a second time, they said, “Thank you, thank you very much.”

They had received special permission to travel to Italy, as men their age are currently fighting for their country back home.

Impressive: The group - made up of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk - wowed with their performance

Impressive: The group – made up of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – wowed with their performance

The group said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: “We show our roots and we show how to take something from the past and make it work for the present.

“That’s why we’ve had success at home, and hopefully we can find that kind of reception internationally as well.” We take something old, and we make it modern.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quick to praise Ukraine and described its victory as “a clear reflection not only of your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom”.

He wrote: “Congratulations to Ukraine for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

“It’s a clear reflection not just of your talent, but of your unwavering support for your fight for freedom.”

Gratitude: After taking the stage, the band thanked everyone for supporting their country during Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Gratitude: After taking the stage, the band thanked everyone for supporting their country during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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