The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was won by Ukraine with the song "Stefania", performed by Kalush Orchestra and written by the group's members Ihor Didenchuk, Oleh Psiuk, Tymofii Muzychuk and Vitalii Duzhyk, along with Ivan Klymenko.
Ukraine's 439 points received from the televote in the final are the most televoting points received in the contest's history to date, making "Stefania" the first song sung entirely in Ukrainian and the first song with hip-hop elements to win the contest. The United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden and Serbia rounded out the top five, with the United Kingdom and Spain achieving their best results since 1998 and 1995 respectively, and Serbia achieving its best result since 2012. This was also a record-extending sixteenth time that the United Kingdom finished in second place. Italy finished in sixth place, thereby achieving the best result for a host country since 2016.
The EBU reported that the contest had a television audience of 161 million viewers in 34 European markets, a decrease of 22 million viewers from the previous edition, however, it is noted that this is due to the exclusion of Russia and the lack of audience figures from Ukraine, with the overall figures up by 7 million viewers in a comparable market from 2021. An increase of three percent in the 15–24 year old age range was also reported. A total of 18 million viewers watched the contest online on YouTube and TikTok.
Italy won the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song "Zitti E Buoni" performed by rock band Måneskin. Italy's four-piece rock band Måneskin, who had been favourites to win the contest, came out on top in what was one of the most hotly contested Eurovision Song Contests ever.
Switzerland won the jury vote, in which Italy came fourth, but Italy won the public vote by a landslide, scoring a total of 529 points and leaving Switzerland in third place behind France.
They are the first group to win the competition since 2006 and gave Italy its first victory since 1990. Måneskin features vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and Ethan Torchio on drums. They took their band name from the Danish word for ‘moonlight’, as a tribute to their bassist Victoria's home country. The title of their song translates into English as "quiet and good" although in the context of the song, the proper translation is more like "shut up and behave". There are also two versions of the song, the one with clean family-friendly lyrics that they sang during the contest and the more explicit version once they had won.
The members of Måneskin have known each other since middle school in Rome but didn’t establish the band until 2015, when they brought together their musical influences, from rock and rap, to reggae, funk and pop. They started by busking but rose to fame after finishing second in the eleventh season of the Italian talent show X Factor in 2017.The band also won the Sanremo Music Festival 2021.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 was supposed to be the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, and the 5th time the Netherlands had hosted the event. However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were forced to cancel the live Eurovision 2020 event in Rotterdam due to the uncertainty surrounding the spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe and the restrictions put in place by the participating broadcasters and the Dutch authorities. The venue, the Ahoy Arena, had to close down to be converted into a hospital to deal with Covid-19.
Ultimately, due to an outpouring of world-wide love for the competition, there was an alternative live broadcast on what was meant to be the finale night, Saturday 16th May 2020. "Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light", saw videos of the entries played out non-competitively, with a few sing-alongs and iconic faces from the past appearing too.
During the show all of the artists entered for the 2020 competition joined together, from their virtual locations across Europe, in a unifying performance of the Eurovision winner “Love Shine A Light” by UK performer Katrina And The Waves in 1997.
Rotterdam is due to host the 2021 contest, although, the songs selected for the 2020 contest are not eligible for the competition.