May 22, 2022
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 thanks to Måneskin's victory with the song "Zitti e buoni" at the previous year's competition held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to that, Italy hosted Eurovision in 1965 and 1991. The first and second semi-finals took place on May 10 and 12, and the final on May 14. 40 countries took part in the competition. Armenia returned after a year-long break, and Montenegro after a two-year break. Russia originally planned to take part, but was sidelined due to Russian troops invading Ukraine. The winner of the competition was Ukraine, which was represented by the Kalush Orchestra with the song "Stefania". This was the third victory for Ukraine, after victories in 2004 and 2016, and the first victory for a completely Ukrainian-language song. The result of the TV viewers' voting for the Ukrainian song - 439 points - is a record in the history of the contest. The UK and Spain finished 2nd and 3rd, their best results since the 1998 and 1995 contests respectively.