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Aust misses out at Eurovision, Ukraine win

Australia's Sheldon Riley has missed out on a top-10 spot at the Eurovision Song Contest while Ukraine took out the No.1 position.

Riley gave a stand-out performance of Not the Same at the competition in Italy but finished in 15th place, after receiving just two points from the audience vote.

Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra won with their entry Stefania, riding a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory.

The country's jubilant president Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed that Ukraine will host the Eurovision Song Contest after the popular win.

"Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine hosts Eurovision! For the third time in our history," Mr Zelensky said on Sunday.

It is however unclear whether Ukraine can really host the contest next year due to the current conflict and martial law in the country.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has joined a chorus of praise for Ukraine's success, calling it a "reflection" not just of talent, but "unwavering support" for the country's "fight for freedom".

"Congratulations to Ukraine for winning the @Eurovision Song Contest 2022," Mr Johnson posted to Twitter.

"It is a clear reflection of not just your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom."

Britain's Sam Ryder finished second.

Australia has never won the Eurovision competition, which has steadily expanded its borders beyond continental Europe, but has been a fan favourite in recent years scoring a top-10 finish four times.

With Reuters, PA

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