Piers Morgan claims Ukraine won Eurovision on ‘sympathy vote’ amid war

Piers said Eurovision shouldn’t be called a ‘contest’ after Kalush took the trophy (Picture: AFP, Rex Features)

Piers Morgan isn’t so convinced Ukraine won this year’s Eurovision on merit alone, suggesting voters were motivated by the events of the Russian invasion. 

Rap group Kalush Orchestra were crowned winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy on Saturday night following a narrow race with the UK’s Sam Ryder. 

It was a particularly special moment for Ukraine, which has been devastated by Russia’s relentless bombing campaign on the country, causing the deaths of thousands of civilians since February. 

Kalush were early favourites to win and impressed voters with their popular song Stefania, which was written about frontman Oleh Psyuk’s mother. 

One Twitter user challenged Piers on his criticism of Eurovision, suggesting the broadcaster would rather ‘we… just feed all the songs into a computer and it should calculate which one is “best”.’ 

Piers replied: ‘No, I don’t. But nobody who voted for Ukraine thought it was the best song because it obviously wasn’t anywhere near the best. Even Ukrainians don’t think it was the best song.. 

Kaluch Orchestra at Eurovision

Kalush proudly flew the flag for Ukraine after being crowned winners (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Piers believes Kalush got the ‘sympathy vote’ amid the ongoing war in Ukraine (Picture: @piersmorgan, Twitter)

‘They got the sympathy vote, which is fine so long as we drop the word “contest” from Eurovision.’ 

He added in a separate tweet: ‘The world’s most absurd, pointless, politically-motivated “contest” excels itself. Ukraine could have sent one of its heroic bomb-sniffing dogs to bark the national anthem and still won. Happy for them, but please let’s stop calling #Eurovision a contest… it’s a rigged farce.’ 

In the UK, viewers were able to vote via phone or through the Eurovision app. Voting opened after the final song was performed and remained open only for 15 minutes after. It’s not possible to vote for the act representing your own country, so voters would have had to choose another entrant.

Continuing his takedown on the competition, Piers added: ‘The result of an international singing “contest” shouldn’t be determined by which countries are suffering most at the time of the ‘contest’ or there is no point having a contest.’ 

Kalush has been flooded with support from countries all over the world, as well as Sam for his triumph in coming second.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Eurovision for comment.

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