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 674.

    Anyone who says the voting isn't political is either lying to themselves or very naïve. Azerbaijan shouldn't even be in Eurovision, never mind host it especially considering they're not even IN Europe...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 673.

    Reading what Covcatgrp is saying, I agree, there should be a change, one rule change should be that any song to be presented at Eurovision cannot be recorded and released until after the show, neither should it be sung anywhere except the various stages to the run up to the final, that way it should be judge on its merit on the night, not plugged for weeks beforehand so that its well known.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 672.

    @664.Covcatgrp

    It wasn't number 1 before it was picked to represent Sweden, a country cannot pick a song already commercially released before a certain date.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 671.

    People complaining about political voting and confirming old alliances obviously are too young to remember the fact that Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and FYROM are hardly old friends since the were all involved in wars with each other in the last 10-15 years or so. The everyone hates us lines is so pathetic. Its more to do with familiarity of language and culture.

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    Comment number 670.

    Music is still an international language, in most other circumstances, that pulls different people together, unless it's a Eurovision song contest?

    I think the Swedish entry deserved to win the Eurovision because it offered what was most liked. Well done.

    The Russian Grannies were entertaining, but our UK entry was feeble, in every way, if we are truly honest. Sack everyone who were responsible!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 669.

    Watched Eurovision and thought Sweden deserved to win as they picked a good song, performed well. UK once again put forward a rubbish song sung by a (forgive me) has-been. We have some of the best songwriters and singers in the world. Time to put forward our best, then if we still come bottom, pull the money plug on EV and stage our own Commonwealth contest instead with OZ, NZ, etc..

  • rate this
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    Comment number 668.

    I challenge the editors to pick my last comment (#663). Is this an open forum or just a sham?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 667.

    Well done Russian Grannies you were awesome. If they were Brits they'd win all the Brit awards..... I enjoyed that one.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 666.

    Anyone that really thinks the UK'as entry was good or anything other then atrocious really deserve the Euro-vision song contest...it is obviously for the tonal and musically ...challenged.

    Why 'the Hump' would agree to it is beyond all belief...career suicide...
    It is not a winning line on any singers CV by any stretch of the imagination.
    Any past Brit success depended on musical quality.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 665.

    I feel sorry for Engelbert, he really didn't have a chance, ballads are really a thing of the past, they are from an era when singers could actually sing without background music drowning out the fact that the singer was terrible. Today its catchy, raunchy and really dance to music. I'm in the older age bracket and even though I can't stand most of today's singers, the music is really up-beat.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 664.

    On a pure marketing level, how can any song compete with a record thats No.1 is several countries? I love Eurovision, but maybe a rebuild should happen after 50 years looking at qualifying rules for singers/songs. If its just posting a song that has got to No. 1 lets just ask Adele to do it.
    50 years ago europe was a far different place.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 663.

    Do Brits realize that their license fee is wasted by paying an extra contribution to EV in order to always get to the final of EV. With 3 last places in the last 10 years and now a second to last place it would seem better to go through the semi's than to continually pour your money down the drain.

    Wake-up for goodness sake. Someone in Britain should challenge the BBC for this abject waste.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 662.

    People seems to forget that Jade Ewen came 5th for the UK in 2009! That was because it was a good song, performed beautifully.

    The 'Hump's' song was retro sounding, and I cringed during the high notes towards the end (clearly out of pitch).

    I think people read way to much into this - yes countries vote for each other (including the UK and Ireland), but usually the best songs/performances win.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 661.

    No, you've got it all wrong. You can't send a 76 yo with a ballad and non existent show and expect to do well. The song was good, sure, but not catchy and that's what it has to be to score well. We europeans don't hate UK at all, where did you get that idea? We love you guys. :)

    /a swede

  • rate this
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    Comment number 660.

    As in football and (for the most part) rugby, the British nations should compete individually; England, Scotland, Wales, N.Ireland. Each nation should be encouraged to fall on it's native language and culture to add to the true diversity of the contest (Congratulations to Russia for the largely Udmurt entry). The British entry was a hollow lowest-common-denonimator effort. No surprise it bombed.

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    Comment number 659.

    @652,

    Firstly this is not a football issue, so it’s not just ENGLAND, secondly the UNITED KINGDOM has 3 countries, they are called WALES, ENGLAND & SCOTLAND there is another part called Northern Ireland, depending on your political / religious persuasion, Please, please look at a map, read a book or go online and educate yourself about us before commenting or passing judgment.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 658.

    So we wheel out our secret weapon 'grandad Humperdinck' and expect to win a con-test thats clearly geared to making the sheeple of that side of the Eurobloc feel happy and included.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 657.

    People keep wondering why the UK doesn't do so well. I imagine that some people don't realise there's a 'big 5' rule which means that the UK automatically gets into the finals, irrelevant of whether they have a good song or not. This naturally means disappointment when there's a poor result without understanding that we might not have to passed the litmus test.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 656.

    Did Ireland give us any points?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 655.

    Re 560 What are you talking about.How can we in GB be the best Music nation on the planet? Have you never watched the X- Factor? It's full of second rate telent less kids, who think they're born to be a star. It's a garbage show. Go to Ukraine Russia or Germany and there you will see how better there Dance music RAP is. Look at the Russian Grannies better than anything from the 'Brits Awards.'

 

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