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.
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.”
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 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.
Netflix axes over 100 jobs as streamer deals with performance crisis
The World’s largest streaming service is taking refuge in new cost cutting measures
Netflix is sacking 150 employees across the company with most of the cuts happening in the United States.
It comes after the company recorded a large fall in subscribers, for the first time in a decade.
The news sparked an investor sell-off, with the firm’s stock plunging 35% in one day.
The layoffs represent only 2 per cent of the company’s total staff.
Netflix also plans on introducing ads as a way of building revenue.
It also wants to tackle password sharing privileges to compensate for lower revenues.
Snapchat co-creator and supermodel pay student loans for graduating class
Student loans still get the better of most of us, a pesky debt that hurts the hip pocket
But one graduating class got the ultimate graduation gift
Otis College of Art and Design in Downtown LA got their student loans paid by off by Snapchat co-creator Evan Spiegel and his wife and supermodel Miranda Kerr.
The president of the art college announced the gift as the single largest donation in the history of Otis College.
The previous largest gift to the school was for $10 million and the screams from the students show how much it means to them.
The president says student debt weights heavily on talented graduates and the couple’s donation will be life-changing for the Class of 2022.
Spiegel created the popular instant messaging app with two former Stanford University classmates.
The snapchat co-creator took summer classes at Otis during high school and wanted to give back to the arts college.
Spiegel and wife Miranda were given honorary degrees at the college.
Queen Elizabeth makes surprise appearance
Royal enthusiasts were delighted to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth make yet another surprise appearance, despite suffering from ongoing mobility issues
Elizabeth attended the opening ceremony of a new London train line which has been named in her honour.
Elizabeth can be seen wearing a bright yellow coat and hat, attending the event alongside her youngest son Edward and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Unveiling a plaque at Paddington Station, it comes after the Queen missed the opening of parliament for the first time since 1963.
Buckingham Palace says she is continuing to suffer from “episodic mobility issues”.
In October, the royal spent a night in hospital for an unspecified illness.
The $24 billion rail project was originally due to be opened back in December 2018, but has been plagued by delays.
The Elizabeth line will connect areas of west of London, including Heathrow airport and Reading.
Johnson says it’s “wonderful” to see the queen open the train line, adding she was in “such fine form”.
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