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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    Comment number 694.

    Funny how people get worked up over this and drag politics into this as well as an inferiority complex rearing its pretty little head after decades of underachievement. It's a bit of fun, don't worry about it. No wonder the Arctic Monkeys. one of the most talented bands ever, have emigrated to the States.

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    Comment number 693.

    'Nobody likes us.'

    Self pity is a very unappealing Little Englander trait. Its like the World Cup - have not won due to not being good enough not cos the results have been fiddled. Or tell you what - withdraw from everything and lets cosy up more to the USA - that worked well re Iraq didn't it?
    As said, if it was based on PC views,iron fist Israel would never ever have won.

  • rate this

    Comment number 692.

    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

    =>Yes. I doubt you and I are alone in having a deja vu moment about not winning on hearing bits of the song and sung by someone only the older generation can recall.

  • rate this

    Comment number 691.

    When will we learn that we are wasteing our time trying to win. Why? because few people in Europe actually like us Brits. At least Norway can take comfort in the fact that whilst they came last, they still have the highest standard of living in Europe!

  • rate this

    Comment number 690.

    We need to be looking for someone POPULAR to do Eurovision for us, not washed up stars.
    Then again, the UK just doesn't get the votes. Politics really is everything.

    There was a lot of bias this year, although Sweden was a worthy winner.


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    Comment number 689.

    Quit because we never seem to do well? It seems such a childish approach, like taking your ball and going home when you weren't scoring any goals. Abba set the blueprint for winning the contest. Pick a british artist who's currently popular all over the world (someone like Adele, for example) and enter them, they'll win, simple. Get Elton John or Paul McCartney on there, they'd win.

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    Comment number 688.

    Well done Engelbert Humperdinck.
    There was always that chilling fear that we would win and be saddled with the event next year.
    A comfortable loss without making it too obvious we weren't even trying.
    Hope he gets a Knighthood for it.

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    Comment number 687.

    I follow a few Aussie and Canadian indie bands. The UK has produced nothing in the past 30 years that could hold a candle to them. Eurovision is a joke, but at least that gives us a chance of winning we wouldn't have competing against commonwealth countries.

  • rate this

    Comment number 686.

    It seems there are a few issues with Europe, UK and Eurovision that are not going to go away any time soon.

    War in Iraq, not part of the European family or just something as simple as we do not do Europop in this country and that is the current trend for Eurovision.

    Been a supporter of Eurovision for many years but I think it's now time for us to stop funding the competition. Enough is enough.

  • rate this

    Comment number 685.

    Apart from the first contestant, they all tried hard.

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    Comment number 684.

    Also if the reason we do so badly is because of our political stance, is that the reason the Dutch lady didn't qualify from the semis due to the Dutch marines in Afghanistan (and is that why the Germans do so badly? - we and the Yanks are btw not the only countries deployed there - again not a fact that the average DM reader seems to know). Also Israel has done pretty well!

  • rate this

    Comment number 683.

    This annual farce is now discredited beyond repair. Time for us to pull the plug on it once and for all. We'd have got more out of watching Casualty than watching this!

  • rate this

    Comment number 682.

    @673.Spooky I don't understand the argument, each song has same chance, Uk has been available just nobody bought it. Doesn't the fact the Swedish entry made number one mean it's popular.

    People are scraping around for excuses.

    Nobody votes for UK- Jade Ewen came 5th in 2009
    UK was on first- Albania came on 2nd & were 5th
    Political/similar voting- 16 different countries have won in last 18 years

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    Comment number 681.

    BodmasDave has a point, not all the countries are Europe, but if those countries were excluded from Eurovision there wouldn't be much to watch, good point, perhaps it would be cancelled. On another point what would have happened if Greece,Spain or any country with the Euro had won it, how would they have been able to stage it next year if they are so much in debt and unable to sort themselves out.

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    Comment number 680.

    The song itself was pathetic. If we can't come up with better than that then why bother? I'm no conspiracy theorist but I've wondered if whatever committee it is chose a poor composer to ensure that, after the expense of the Olympics, we don't have to shell out to host eurovision next year!

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    Comment number 679.

    A worthy winner, but the show is simply a platform for the prejudice that exists within Europe. And, without Wogan’s droll cynicism, a weary caricature of a contest. I enjoyed the the singing, but after being subjected to the president’s son-in-law, and then the voting, I was not left “feeling good”. A little disturbing when a singing contest leaves you feeling uncomfortable.

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    Comment number 678.

    Isn´t it about time the UK withdrew from this politically biased contest? Nobody likes us. We are completely separate from the rest of Europe and in all honesty, we don´t really want to be part of Europe! The Beeb will save quite a lot of licence fee payers´money too ... these are times of austerity you know!

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    Comment number 677.

    Engs song was dross.
    You want a lively up beat number when your on Euro trash.
    His was instantly forgettable.
    Untill we can fathom what makes a good Euro tune, lets get out of this Panto.
    Even Graham Norton sends you to sleep.

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    Comment number 676.

    It's a shame that Ting Tings aren't angry enough to do their stuff for Eurovision.

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    Comment number 675.

    I mean does not the table position say anything to anybody except the wilfully blind and deaf ?
    That is not wholly down to political voting and rampant hatred of the Brits!
    It is a reflection of the songs quality....amateur to the point of extreme embarrassment...and beyond!

    Rather calls into sharp focus the Hump's musical acumen at the very least...not talent... just taste.!


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