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Eurovision 2022: fans celebrate a momentous victory

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Torino was filled with fire, flare, and fans who packed the Pala Alpitour Arena for Eurovision 2022

WARNING: This story contains spoilers about the winner.

In a spectacular finish, Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

The winning entry, ‘Stefania’, was performed by the Kalush Orchestra. The song is an ode to a mother and takes a nostalgic look at the hardships and challenges, and touches on positive memories.

After the rap group performed their song, they addressed millions of viewers watching the final. “Save Mariupol, save Ukraine and help Azovstal,” they said, as they rallied support for their war-torn nation.

The victory is the nation’s second in eight years, after Jamala’s ‘1944’ controversially beat Russia. The song was about Joseph Stalin’s mass deportation of an ethnic group in Crimea.

‘Stefania’ is also the second Eurovision entry to be performed entirely in Ukrainian.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says he believed in the group to win.

“Europe, vote for Kalush Orchestra. Let’s support our fellow countrymen! Let’s support Ukraine.”

UKRAINE’S PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY

While the U.K. won the jury vote, it was not enough to topple Ukraine’s 439 points from public voters. They finished with 631 points—the second highest in Eurovision history.

Around 200 million are believed to have seen this year’s contest.

Martin Österdahl is the European Broadcasting Union’s Executive Supervisor. He says “the Eurovision Song Contest is the only cultural event that truly unites Europe.”

“This year it’s been more important than ever to bring millions together through our common values and love of music.”

MARTIN ÖSTERDAHL, EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION

The U.K., Spain, Sweden and Serbia rounded out the top five. It is the U.K.‘s best result since 1998, and follows a dismal performance last year in which they finished last with zero points.

“On a fantastic stage in front of hundreds of millions watching across the world, every artist and songwriter has brought something unique to the Contest and embodied what this competition is about—diversity, universality and uniting Europe on one stage,” Österdahl says.

The Kalush Orchestra celebrate Ukraine’s second Eurovision win in eight years.

The Kalush Orchestra was formed in 2019. One of the group’s members travelled to Rotterdam last year to compete with his other band, ‘Go_A’, which finished in fifth place.

Eurovision is the world’s largest live music event and one of the most ambitious live TV moments each year.

This year’s theme, ‘The Sound of Beauty’, featured 24 cameras, 78 microphones and over 2,800 lighting fixtures. There were also 727 square metres of LED screens and 440 speakers.

Russia was banned from this year’s event as the war in Ukraine continues.

Around 500 journalists were also in the host city of Turin, Italy to cover the event. It’s believed over 1,000 journalists covered the event from their own countries.

Forty European countries took part in the event, as organisers cast their eyes towards 2023, where the Eurovision Song Contest will head to Ukraine.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Fans struggle to buy Beyonce concert tickets

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If you’re struggling to get Beyonce tickets, you’re not alone

 
O2 customers in the U.K. were reporting problems with the company’s app and website.

For those who were able to get through, they paid anywhere from £56-199.

For those who are super keen, there are V.I.P. packages with front row seats. But that’ll set you back £475.

Some fans took to social media to vent their frustrations over the ticketing fiasco.

It’s Queen B’s first solo tour in seven years, and will take her across Europe and North America.

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Liverpool to host Eurovision Song Contest

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After months of build-up, the British city of Liverpool has finally taking the reins as the official host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Competing countries have also found out which semi-final they will be in and who their rivals will be.

Germany, Italy and France will all vote in the first semi final, while, the U.K., Spain and Ukraine will all cast their votes in the second semi-final.

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest contest last year and should be this year’s host – but the ongoing war means the country is unable to.

The semi-finals, and the final, will be held in Liverpool in May.

Eurovision 2023 marks the first year ever that non-participating countries can vote.

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Pet fish playing Nintendo Switch rack up credit card bill

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Pet fish playing a video game in Japan have managed to log on to the Nintendo Switch store, change their owner’s avatar, set up a PayPal account and rack up a credit card bill

And it was all seemingly livestreamed on a YouTube channel, in real time.

The channel owner, Mutekimaru, had previously installed sophisticated motion detection tracking software in fish tanks, enabling the fish to remotely control a Nintendo Switch console.

But the technology, led to an unexpected turn of events earlier this month while the owner was live-streaming a game of Pokémon.

The fish managed to change the name of their owner’s Switch account before twice logging into the Nintendo store.

They also managed to “check” legal terms and conditions, downloaded a new avatar and even set up a PayPal account from the Switch.

The fish were also seen adding 500 yen to the Switch account from the owner’s credit card during the livestream – exposing his credit card details in the process.

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