Sweden wins Eurovision Song Contest

 

Sweden's Loreen thanked voters before performing her winning track Euphoria

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Favourite Loreen has triumphed for Sweden at the 57th Eurovision Song Contest, with her club track Euphoria.

The former Swedish Idol contestant led from early on in the voting at Baku, challenged only by Russia's Buranovo Grannies, Serbia and hosts Azerbaijan.

British entry Engelbert Humperdinck, who opened the contest with his ballad Love Will Set You Free, finished second from last - despite high hopes.

The 76-year-old said he "did the best for my country".

"I've had many highs in my career and Eurovision has been a wonderful experience," he said.

"I want to thank everybody, especially my fans around the world for their words of support.

"I did the best for my country, the rest was out of my hands."

However, at least the British star was spared the humiliation of 'nil points'.

Poor draw

The crooner, who has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, received just 12 points - from Estonia, Latvia, Belgium and Ireland.

The UK has not won since 1997 and has come last three times in the past 10 years.

There were high hopes for Humperdinck - affectionately known as "The Hump" - given his huge global fanbase, but his draw as first to sing in the contest seemingly proved detrimental.

Viewers often tune in late and miss the early contenders, and no opening act has gone on to win since 1984.

Russia's Buranovskiye Babushki Russia's Buranovskiye Babushki were well received in Baku but it was not enough to clinch a win

Twenty six countries took part in the final in Azerbaijan's spectacular Crystal Hall, in front of a live audience of some 20,000.

Up to 125 million typically watch the annual contest on television around the world.

Loreen racked up a massive 372 points on the leader board, leaving a trail of disappointed contenders in her wake.

A combination of points from televoting and national juries decides the winner.

Each country awards points to 10 competitors based on judges' scores and a public vote, with 12 points being the maximum awarded.

"I love you so much. Thank you for believing in me," the 28-year-old Swede told her supporters, as she took to the stage to sing one final time.

"I wouldn't have been able to do it without you."

Eurovision Song Contest

  • Created by Marcel Bezencon in 1955
  • First held in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1956, when the winning song was Refrain performed by Lys Assia
  • Twenty-six countries competed in the 2012 final
  • Watch clips and find out more at the Eurovision website (www.eurovision.tv)
  • Country profile: Azerbaijian

Euphoria has already topped the charts in five countries, including Sweden and neighbouring Finland. Norway had the dubious honour of last place.

Bagpipes, blindfolds and water fountains all featured in a typically extravagant contest, as well as a celebrated group of Russian pensioners, who performed Party for Everyone, a cross between a traditional folk tune and a dance track, to rapturous applause.

Ireland, who were represented by Jedward for the second year in a row, came 19th - with 46 points - an unexpected slump on their previous performance in 2011, which saw them come eighth.

Their performance of pop track Waterline closed with the 20-year-old Grimes twins jumping into a fountain in the middle of the stage.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 54.

    Surely the point is that if there had never been a ESC noone would suggest it as a great idea for a programme. It's a bit of fluff with its traditional 'catch phrases'. Greece voting for Cyprus, old USSR countries voting for each other and the UK doing badly. If we did well and neighbours didn't vote for each other it would like watching Dad's Army without Jones saying 'Don't panic'.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 53.

    The sooner WE, GREAT BRITAIN pull out of DIRE show the better. If we did pull out as a major investor the the show would cease to exist as it is. It needs to happen as no one who sings on this dire show actually represents anything to with the musical traditions of their respective countries..(that is what the show is supposed to be about)...Most sing in english! its pathetic!!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 52.

    why was there hope that we would do well? our entry sounded like something my gran used to listen too! painful! Plus even if we came up with a half decent act, europe doesn't like us much and we'll never get voted for, so whats the point.

  • rate this
    +23

    Comment number 51.

    In a way I'm glad 'the Hump' didn't win, it would have been embarrassing seeing John Terry up on the stage celebrating in his Chelsea kit.

  • rate this
    -1

    Comment number 50.

    Well at least we weren't last but thank goodness we didn't actually win or we would have to pay for this mediocre farce next year.
    How many people actually watch this rubbish nowadays anyway, it was different when its other name was the Terry Wogan comedy show now that really was entertainment.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 49.

    Eurovision is outdated, ridiculous and irrelevant, certainly in London and, I suspect, the rest of Britain.

    It's time to put a stop to this farce.

  • rate this
    -9

    Comment number 48.

    @29 oldsoldierboy.

    rotfl

    @32 Name Number 6

    I am politically boycotting the UK. I left in 2004 as a refugee from New Labour. Nothing has happened in the last 8 years to make me consider reversing that decision.

  • rate this
    +12

    Comment number 47.

    Make Jack Dee compère!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 46.

    @oldsoldierboy For some reason the system won't register my +point for your "already got the paint!" remark! odd!
    We've come last 3 times in 10 years. Something to do with our ill-advised coalition with the US after the events of 2001. Only Ireland and a couple of others will give us the odd point.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 45.

    Its the same old, same old every year. Politics getting involved. Mostly the eastern block again. Personally I'm getting sick and tired of all the block voting.
    Sweden was amazing and a deserved winner, but the other results I don't think was a true reflection of musical talent.

    http://running-jump.com/2012/05/26/eurovision-round-2-is-it-worth-it/

    JuzzTF

  • rate this
    -2

    Comment number 44.

    Oh for goodness' sake! Politics may play a tiny part in this, but the real reason we always do so badly is because we insist on entering rubbish songs sung by has-beens or never-beens. If we actually entered some of our best current singers, like Adele for example, singing a chart-topping hit, like other countries do, we'd sweep the board every year.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 43.

    Why is it that the UK is still a major contributor for this event? Surely its time for all participants to pay an equal share? Its so obviously so political that maybe its even time for the UK to say thank you and goodbye. I am sure most of us wouldn't be sorry to see it go

  • rate this
    +15

    Comment number 42.

    Germany’s presenter Anke Engelke even managed to slip a gentle but firm message of support for democracy into her „points“ statement: "It's good to be able to vote and to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watching you."

  • rate this
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    Comment number 41.

    @36verity
    I found nothing amusing at about Graham Norton's comments... bring back Terry Wogan

  • rate this
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    Comment number 40.

    Should we be surprised we came that low? No. Do we care? No. The song was uninspiring and quite frankly boring. I turned it off every time it came on Radio 2 who seemed to play it insesently. The people choosing our song need to "play the game" and select lively, entertaining catchy songs if we're to have a hope. At least an actuat European country has won for a change.

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 39.

    Daverossjnr, the reason why UK music is very influential in European popular music is because of the high quality of the best of it. We seem to send the worst of it to the ESC. Maybe it's right not to take it too seriously, but the cost involved surely means that we should. Either this or pull out. UK is not really in Europe after all.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 38.

    It doesn't matter a jot.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 37.

    Israel, (also Lebanon and Morocco), are not part of Europe, they are part of European Broadcasting Union.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 36.

    I found it amusing when Graham Norton said they were discussing the consequences of winning - who could afford to stage it in the present economic climate? If the UK is never going to get a fair trial, we might as well throw in the towel and save the money. Not that the electorate would benefit from this action - I am sure 'just call me Dave' would find a way of helping his buddies out once more.

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    Comment number 35.

    Since when has Israel been part of Europe? So why do they get a vote

 

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