Ukraine takes home the Eurovision crown, but where did Sheldon Riley place?

Sheldon Riley Eurovision Grand Final

Ukraine have taken out the hotly contested Eurovision title for the 2022 competition with huge support from around the world, but how did Sheldon Riley fare?

It is the third time the country has won the song contest.

Questions now remain as to whether they will be able to host the competition next year.

Ukraine takes home the Eurovision crown

After sailing in the Eurovision grand final Ukraine were favourites to take out the competition.

With an impressive performance in the semi finals, Australia was still hanging our hopes on Sheldon Riley to pull off a win.

However in the end as predicted Ukraine managed to secure the title for the third time.

After the jury and public voting process Kalush Orchestra were awarded a huge 439 points from the public vote.

Combined with their 192 jury votes it pushed them to an unbeatable 631 points as they surged ahead to snag the crown.

Hot on their heels was the UK’s Sam Ryder with his song Space Man.

After coming dead last for the last two years in a row it was a huge turn around for them to hop into second place.

However questions are now being raised to the viability of war torn Ukraine hosting the event next year.

It remains to be seen what the situation in Ukraine will be in 2023 and whether other countries can or will travel there to compete.

Sheldon Riley: Not The Same

Sheldon Riley saved the best for last with his Eurovision grand final performance.

Delivering an emotionally charged performance it was clear Sheldon left nothing behind as he delivered his power ballad.

As the song finished a visibly emotional Sheldon choked back tears.

“Thank you so much Europe, anything is possible” he said as he finished singing.

Despite incredibly strong delivery and arguably the most dramatic performance Sheldon wasn’t able to secure a Eurovision win.

Jury points were strong for the singer collecting 123, however he was awarded just 2 points from the public vote.

Sheldon Riley placed 15th overall for Eurovision 2022.

It was still an impressive showing in a very strong year of performances, in a complex political climate.

However for Sheldon it was never about winning.

“I feel like I’ve already won. It’s the most clichéd thing ever, but I truly do” he said ahead of the competition.

Watch his full performance of Not The Same below.

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