Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest with the UK’s Sam Ryder in second.

The Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine won the competition after moving up to first place due to the public vote.

Rob and Roy look at the vocabulary used in the headlines about this story.

Video chapters:
0:00 – Introduction
0:30 – Story
1:32 – Headline 1: Eurovision: ‘The support warms our heart,’ say Ukrainians after music contest triumph
4:05 – Headline 2: The night Europe gave a hug to Ukraine (and the UK): CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reflects on a glorious rebuke to Putin as Kyiv wins Eurovision Song Contest while Britain gets best result for 20 years (but France and Germany just avoid nul points)
6:54 – Headline 3: Eurovision win in hand, Ukraine band releases new war video
9:03 – Language summary

Key words and phrases:
warms our heart
causes positive and happy feelings

  • The story of a young boy who helped his sister learn to walk warmed our hearts.
  • The film really warmed our hearts. I left the cinema feeling so happy.

glorious rebuke
admirable act of criticising someone’s words or actions

  • The video of the politician’s glorious rebuke of his colleague went viral on social media.
  • Her boss rebuked her for not handing her work in on time, which meant they lost the project.

in hand

  • The negotiator walked away from the table with the result she wanted in hand.
  • After the protest turned violent, the police moved quickly to get the situation in hand.

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