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 574.

    Let's forget about the songs and just go straight to the voting, in fact lets just drop the whole thing, this drivel has been predictable for far too many years to be considered a serious event.

  • rate this

    Comment number 573.

    Stand up the jokers who chose the song and EH to sing it. An epic mis-judgement by any standard!

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    Comment number 572.

    I was at the concert last night in Baku and am just about to fly home. The simple truth is our song was rotten. The BBC make zero effort to win. They won't spend money on a great selection show but are happy to pay for Scott Mills, Graham Norton etc to stay in luxury hotels for a week. Even gravy trainer Arlene Phillips is here! Why? Give it to ITV and we will win! Ashamed to be from the UK! :(

  • rate this

    Comment number 571.

    I have yet to watch this singing contest, mostly I just hear about it starting in the news and I am not interested enough. More often than not, it isn't the kind of music I would listen to.

  • rate this

    Comment number 570.

    @ bobloblaw14
    What on Earth are you going on about? What you keep saying is meaningless in any context, let alone in the context of the Eurovision Song Contest.

    It looks like a case of "look at me everyone, I'm so clever" when in fact you appear to be the very opposite...

  • rate this

    Comment number 569.

    The UK's entry was a song written to suit Mr Humperdinck, ignoring the fact that it had to appeal to a wider Europe. (Communism provided decades of drab ballads, they want happy happy happy songs.)

    Get Lee Evans to do it next year - if he does his Norman Wisdom-style pratfalls, we should get 12 points from Albania at least!

  • rate this

    Comment number 568.


    Are you serious? He wasn't racist at all and he always talks over the presenters because the presenters speak in a different language normally or take to long to say what they need to between them.

    Also poking fun at acts does not mean hes racist.

  • rate this

    Comment number 567.

    @526 coram-populo-2010

    no i think the daily mail is a disgrace of a paper though not as bad as the express. as for my attitude it may have something to do with spending to much time around the portion of the country that are arrogant and condesending.

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    Comment number 566.

    Why are Britain still writing & entering songs that we were entering in the Eurovisions thirty or so years ago? I'm a musician and have to say the song that won totally outclassed ours, even though the backing music that won was identicle to the music that is on numerous Ibiza CD dance track albums you hear today.

    "Would hear many Cliff Richard songs being played in todays night clubs?" No!

  • rate this

    Comment number 565.

    It costs the BBC £6m a year to help this ridiculous spectacle hit our screen every year. Us, France, Germany and Spain put in the majority of the cash and every year get shafted by the likes of Serbia, Poland, Croatia and Russia. We could enter Take That or Adele and still get nil points...We should pull out and let the Eastern Europeans fund it. Pointless drivel.

  • Comment number 564.

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

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    Comment number 563.

    The UK enters a shmaltzy, third rate song and, yet again, we fail to win a competition to find the best worst song in Europe. What a waste of money. What a waste of time.

  • rate this

    Comment number 562.

    @513 'CommandarMethos'
    You speak for yourself mate. As for the rest of Europe not liking us - well nothing like a sweeping statement to stir up more trouble when there is enough division already between European nations and others. Do you work for the Daily Maelstrom?

  • rate this

    Comment number 561.

    Please be aware - This is MINE and is Copyrighted.

    Bang, Tiddle-Toddle, Boom, Twizzle-Wizzle, Biff, Baffle-Boozle, Bing.
    It's a song for a Eurovision Party - that almost everyone can sing.
    Boink, Wibble-Wobble, Prang, Pitter-Patter, Bing, Double Up in Pain,
    This is not just the first verse - but its also the refrain.

    Ah...I wrote this in the good old days.


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    Comment number 560.

    Working for a large multinational company, I have met quite a few people from Europe and we do talk about this contest.

    They said it is nothing to do with us going to war, nothing to do with us coming across as arrogant.

    They don't vote for us because we are the best music nation on the planet who refuses to send it's best music talent. If we aren't serious... why should they be?

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    Comment number 559.

    I thought the Norwegian entry was good and certainly didn't deserve to come last, the UK song was good too. At least they were original, most of the songs seem to be ripping off other songs.

    I agree with other comments, perhaps time now for us to leave it as we have totally different music tastes from the majority of countries. It would save us money too in these times of austerity.

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    Comment number 558.

    My ears are still bleeding.

    Next year when Eurovision is on, I have not quite fully decided what to do, but I shall EITHER clean the oven OR wash the Old Man's socks by hand.

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    Comment number 557.


    Matt - totally agree - and we can go through heats - it would be cheaper...
    http://www.change.org/petitions/the-bbc-wales-scotland-to-have-their-own-entry-in-the-eurovision-contest# Join via Facebook and Twitter!

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    Comment number 556.

    Well done Sweden, well done Engleburt you did your best for us. Reading HYS this morning I can see why most games children’s party games of Pass the Parcel end in spite and tears.

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    Comment number 555.

    16 different countries have won the contest in the last 18 years


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