Graham Norton hilariously poked fun at the UK’s after the nation came in second place at the Eurovision final, while viewers frantically took to social media to share their collective shock.
The UK incredibly came in second place during the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, with Ukraine clinching victory after winning a stomping 439 points from the public tele-vote, giving them a grand total of 631.
Britain had stormed to the top of the leaderboard after the jury vote with 283 points, and earned an extra 183 points from the public, putting them in second place with 466 – the nation’s highest place for more than two decades.
Wow! Eurovision viewers frantically took to social media to share their collective shock over the United Kingdom’s success following years of ‘nul points’
Despite the UK’s poor Eurovision history in recent years, Sam Ryder, 32, proved he could break the trend with his popular performance of Space Man, bucking the ‘nil point’ trend.
And Graham Norton couldn’t help but express his surprise as he humorously insisted that it was ‘not a glitch’ or a ‘sketch’ as the UK kept creeping up the leaderboard during scoring.
Responding to his success during the final at Turin’s PalaOlimpico arena, Sam gushed: ‘Thank you so much… there’s so much gratitude sitting around in this green room… what an experience.’
Thrilled: The UK stormed to the top of the jury leaderboard (pictured) before the public vote at Saturday’s final Eurovision Song Contest after Sam Ryder represented the nation
And viewers were equally as shocked by the UK’s popularity, as ‘what is happening’ quickly began trending on Twitter as the tension increased during the final.
One person tweeted: ‘I love the fact that WHAT IS HAPPENING is trending because the whole of the UK is collectively losing their minds about us not being complete pariahs in #Eurovision.’
Another wrote: ‘FRANCE GAVE THE UK 12 POINTS? WHAT IS HAPPENING?! IS EVERYONE OK? #Eurovision’
A third added: ‘What is happening????? did we somehow end up in the multiverse?? why is everyone giving the uk points??’
Thrilled: Despite the UK’s poor Eurovision history in recent years, Sam proved he could break the trend and performed well in the competition, bucking the ‘nil point’ trend
Amazed: Viewers took to Twitter to share their shock as ‘what is happening’ began trending on Twitter as the nation couldn’t believe the UK received so many voter
And a fourth said: ‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING, BUT I’M LIVING!!! #UnitedKingdom #EUROVISION.’
TikTok star Sam – who shot to fame with his lockdown covers on the video-sharing platform – has changed the UK’s run of bad luck after scoring nil points for the past two years.
Sam said in the green room: ‘Honestly, this amazing. It’s wicked.
‘We signed up here to come and sing we enjoy music, and I know that every single artist involved this year absolutely smashed it.
Popular: Sam, 32, left viewers impressed with his incredible rendition of Space Man and saw him earn a staggering 283 votes from the jury
‘Everyone was a credit to themselves and a credit to what Eurovision is all about; unity peace, love, togetherness, inclusivity and expression.
‘Thank you for having us, appreciate [it].’
Despite the UK’s success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra who took home the crown after moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania amid the war in the country.
The group – made up of rapper Oleh Psiuk, Ihor Didenchuk, Vlad Kurochka, Tymofii Muzychuk and Oleksandr Slobodianyk – wowed with their performance, which merged rap with folk and featured breakdancing, flutes and bold ensembles.
After taking to the stage, they thanked everyone for supporting their country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Winners! Despite the UK’s success, it was Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra who took home the crown after moving viewers with their poignant performance of Stefania
After they were revealed as the champions and performed the song for a second time, they said: ‘Thank you, thank you so much.’
They had been given special permission to travel to Italy, as men their age are currently fighting for their country back home.
The band said of the song, which is a tribute to mothers: ‘We’re showing off our roots, and we’re 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 that we can find that sort of reception internationally, as well. We take something old, and we make it sound modern.’
Gratitude: After taking to the stage, the group thanked everyone for supporting their country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine