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

    Comment number 94.

    we need to ask some questions about this, who the hell actually picked englebert ??? the song was ok...for the 1960's.

    if we take this contest as a joke, then i dont enjoy spending our money doing it, either take it seriously or dont !

    and the tactical voting is laughable, we haven't sent them a decent song that i can remember in years

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    Comment number 93.

    Neighbouring countries vote for each other because they have culturally similar music. Interesting that Belarus gave high marks to Russia and yet historically they could hardly be called the best of friends likewise the former Yugoslav republics. Our few votes came from Belgium and Ireland both neighbours across the sea.

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    Comment number 92.

    Oh, come on people, our entry sung by Humperdink was dire. It was the sort of entry that might have had a chance in the 70`s but rightfully tanked. The winner deserved to win, fantastic entry perfectly pitched and sung

  • rate this

    Comment number 91.

    Is it true that the UK entry only reached the final because the BBC helped to finance this contest?
    How much did the BBC pay and how much did it cost to them to broadcast this show to the UK?
    What a waste of taxpayers money in a time of recession!

  • rate this

    Comment number 90.

    It's never been the same since the former eastern block countries were involved How can you have a "Eurovision" when 10 of last nights finalists aren't even in Europe !! Having said that I didn't hear one song last night that I could say "Thats a nice song" We were never going to win anyway but I thought we could have done better than a 3rd rate song sung by a OAP

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    Comment number 89.

    Yes, many of the other countries vote regionally / tactically, and yes, it will be a cold day in hell before most of them cast a vote for the UK, but it worries me when people take the ESC seriously.

    Terry Wogan had it right: this is one who have to play strictly for laughs.

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    Comment number 88.

    The only way to improve our chances of winning is to not enter. What a waste of time.

  • rate this

    Comment number 87.

    re 79.ralphinrishon
    'Bring back the days of Sandy Shaw'

    You do realise that "Sandy Shaw" is Cockney Rhyming slang for "Sharia Law" don't you?

  • rate this

    Comment number 86.

    Just to add. I did watch last night for a change. I really wanted "The Hump" to do well. His song was in my opinion the best of the evening followed by Spain's entry. The whole affair just serves to reinforce what we already know, that the quality of the song has nothing to do with the way the voting goes.

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    Comment number 85.

    To win Eurovision you need a catchy tune, a modern rythm and some... 'magic'. Humperdinck's style did not fit this Eurovision concept hence he ended up right at the bottom. What is a disgrace is that we have X-factor and similar shows churning out singers that 'die off' early and we lack raw talent for Eurovision. In the 70's and 80's we had no communist EU countries in and fierce FAIR competition

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    Comment number 84.

    Another humiliation for us. Our song wasnt that bad to be fair, and certainly a lot better than some of the other drivel, that scored better. It does go to show that the contest is really a political platform, and if you are not in favour, then you are going to suffer.

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    Comment number 83.

    Russell Brand would be a good compere but I suppose it would be beneath him now.
    At least we'd get a laugh out of his witty observations, which would give the show some enertainment value. So long as he kept his 'winkle' out of it.

  • Comment number 82.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 81.

    You have to laugh - we could have the best song in the world and we would still end up near the bottom. Europeans love our money to help bail them out and love our jobs but when it comes to backing the country where many of their citizens reside, they dont give a monkeys about us! Time for the UK to pull out of the contest and out of the EU. We are too different based on mutual self-destest.

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    Comment number 80.

    Bearing in mind that Britain's premier talent contest was won by a dancing dog why did anyone really think we had much of chance in an International song competition where our best contender was effectively barred by blatant speciesism???

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    Comment number 79.

    The whole voting system is a complete farce. Anyone who has been watching this "competition" for the last 20 years could guess with only a 5% margin of error the voting of many of the countries.
    Bring back the days of Sandy Shaw.

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    Comment number 78.

    74.19Billy59 - ".......I think Spain was quite right to say it can't afford to win....."

    They didn't say that, it was a mis-translation from Spanish into English......

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    Comment number 77.

    #48 Dave - regretfully the biased? corrupt? BBC voting system will not let me agree with your comment.

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    Comment number 76.

    I didn't see the contest, but I'm reading lots of remarks about 'corrupt tactical voting', 'jonny foreigners', 'let's stop funding this farce', 'europe hates us', etc. etc.

    So, in other words, our entry was crap and got what it deserved.

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    Comment number 75.

    I think that it is about time we say thank you very much for the invite, but we won't be coming again.


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