Eurovision Song Contest won by Denmark

Emmelie de Forest Emmelie de Forest had been the overwhelming favourite to win

Denmark has triumphed at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Swedish city of Malmo.

Emmelie de Forest, 20, had been the overwhelming favourite among the 26 entries, with her song Only Teardrops. Azerbaijan finished second.

The UK's Bonnie Tyler came 19th, an improvement on last year when Engelbert Humperdinck came second from last.

There was disappointment for Ireland's Ryan Dolan as he finished in last place with just five points.

De Forest won with 281 points and Azerbaijan's Farid Mammadov finished 47 points behind, followed by Ukraine in third and Norway in fourth.

Denmark, which will now have the job of hosting the 59th contest next year, had previously won in 1963 and 2000.

'It's amazing'

De Forest sang her up-tempo tune barefoot, saying before she performed: "It makes me feel closer to the ground, the earth and makes me feel more relaxed."

Emmelie de Forest of Denmark at a press conference following her win in the Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, on 18 May De Forest described the experience as "overwhelming" at a news conference following the contest

At the post-event news conference, she told reporters: "It has been quite stressful but it's also a wonderful thing that has happened to me. It's amazing.

"It was crazy when they put the butterfly [of the winning country's flag] on the dress. I didn't understand we had won at that point."

She added: "Of course I believed in the song, but that's the exciting thing about Eurovision you don't know what's going to happen. So I was surprised and shocked when it happened."

Zlata Ognevich of the Ukraine is carried on stage by Igor Vovkovinskiy to perform at the final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest at the Malmo Opera Hall, Malmo, Sweden, on 18 May Ukraine act Zlata Ognevich was carried on stage by Ukrainian-born Igor Vovkovinskiy, who, standing at 7ft 8in, is the tallest man in the US

TV viewers across Europe were treated to the mix of high-energy pop and power ballads that have become synonymous with the contest, as well as some outlandish stage performances.

One of the more eccentric acts was Romania's Cezar, who mixed his operatic voice with a disco beat. He managed a respectable 13th position.

'Ready to party'

The top 10

  • Denmark - 281
  • Azerbaijan - 234
  • Ukraine - 214
  • Norway - 191
  • Russia - 174
  • Greece - 152
  • Italy - 126
  • Malta - 120
  • Netherlands - 114
  • Hungary - 84

UK entrant Tyler, 61, who is best known for her 1983 hit Total Eclipse of the Heart, had high hopes for her chances.

But the Welsh singer scored just 23 points for her performance of Believe In Me.

Speaking afterwards, Tyler said that despite her final score the experience had been "a night to remember".

She said: "I got the feeling tonight that I got at the Grammy awards.

"I'm sure a lot of people will be disappointed on my behalf but I have really enjoyed my Eurovision experience.

"I did the best that I could do with a great song. I don't feel down and I'm ready to party."

Bonnie Tyler performs during the final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, on 18 May 2013 Bonnie Tyler said some people would be disappointed on her behalf after the votes were awarded

Johnny Logan, the three-time Eurovision winner who represented Ireland, said the UK's entries had not been strong enough in recent years.

"I think over the years it's been slated so much in England and Ireland that the best writers don't take part in it any more. That's the reality," he said.


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    Comment number 122.

    94. steve
    It beggars believe why a country that has produced the Stones,Beatles,Kinks,Pink Floyd,Led Zeppelin,Queen etc would get involved in such utter trash.
    It's a long time since we produced anything like the above, that's the problem. I blame Simon Cowell.

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    Comment number 121.

    The winner was young, attractive with a competent backing group and a reasonably good song. The British entry was ....

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    Comment number 120.

    "It beggars believe why a country that has produced the Stones,Beatles,Kinks,Pink Floyd,Led Zeppelin,Queen etc would get involved in such utter trash."

    Oh come on. You really seem to be perfecting this unique mix of both victim and superiority complex in Britain these days. Pure sour grapes. I'm Irish, so we don't exactly have much to shout about last night either.

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    Comment number 119.

    "cold shouldered by the Eastern bloc who have little interest in Western European countries"

    Sure it's the Eastern bloc and its little interest in the West, that's why Denmark & Sweden have walked it 2 years in a row.

    That's why Italy were 2nd in 2011 Germany 1st in 2010 & Iceland 2nd in 09, because they have SO many allies & good friends esp. from the East.

    Very "political" that Eurovision.


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    Comment number 118.

    Just a point to the anti EU brigade – the Eurovision Song Contests is not run by the EU. Our entry was simply not good enough. Blaming the EU for us not conquering all is simply being childish.

  • Comment number 117.

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

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    Comment number 116.

    i cannot believe that people do not have better things to do with their lives than spend time watching this on tv.

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    Comment number 115.

    78. Yelsred

    The Olsen Brothers who last won for Denmark in 2000 were 50 and 46 and the time, last year the Russian "grannies" (oldest member 86) came 2nd, Katrina who won for us was 37 and Sertab Erener, Turkey's 2003 winner was 38. You don't have to be 19 to win Eurovision.....

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    Comment number 114.

    I suggest we put up fag and a pint man, Nigel Farage, next year? Very old hat British, guaranteed to come last.

    He fits the cold war 1950's mood perfectly. Like a character from a 'Carry On' film. He has a great grin, puts Sidney James in the shade?

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    Comment number 113.

    99% of the posters on here seem to have got up the wrong side of the bed. That, or they have totally lost their sense of humour. It is a bit of fun! Nothing to get your knickers in a twist about. There was plenty of other stuff on last night. Did you all really sit through it all in order to be able to moan about it? Or did you not watch it and moan about it anyway? Pathetic!

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    Comment number 112.

    To stand any chance of winning Eurovision you need a young, good-looking performer, with a powerful, catchy song. Easy.

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    Comment number 111.

    Why should we assume that by just putting a famous name into the competition, the UK should expect to do well irrespective of the performance on the night ?
    That could be seen as arrogant.
    On another note , I don't believe I have ever seen Eire do so bad as they did.But it's Ironic that the majority Eurovision winners these days always seem to go for that Celtic Titanic Celine Dione sound.

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    Comment number 110.


    " The whole thing is dire and the only point of merit is they sing in Ebglish so our people can understand whats going on as foreign languages are an alien concept"

    Comedy gold son !

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    Comment number 109.

    @76 Rose: don't show your ignorance and UKIP tendency (although the two things are synonymous) - we're not in the Eurozone.

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    Comment number 108.

    As one of the 50m Englishmen who had no one representing us this year I was apathetic to the whole contest. It's stupid that a country 1/20th of us gets to choose a representative without us English having a say.

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    Comment number 107.

    Clearly Bonnie's well-loved in Europe, but I'm sorry, she's too old (as I would be). We've got some great young talent here in the UK, especially songwriters, and it's time we had the attitude "if we can't win, at least let's have a credible song". I really enjoyed last night's show - the quality improves each year - I just switched off for the voting.

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    Comment number 106.

    Yesssss... Maybe time to move on from this to how we avoid babies in Africa dying from common ailments...

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    Comment number 105.

    I didn't watch it as the HYS topics were more interesting and that isn't saying much. The whole thing is dire and the only point of merit is they sing in Ebglish so our people can understand whats going on as foreign languages are an alien concept

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    Comment number 104.

    @ 60 Doug Stanhope
    @ 14 liarbbc.
    Do you both know that you can buy Test Card Classics on CD (The Girl, The Doll, The Music),and relive the nostalgic days of yesteryear with such tunes as; Royal Daffodil, Hebridean Hoedown and Chelsea Chick. A lot more fun than Eurovision.

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    Comment number 103.

    Why was Bonnie Tyler chosen instead of Katherine Jenkins?
    As much as I like Bonnie, I thought she was too old and I think her voice deteriorated. The Eurovision contest is about youth and the future...

    Plus, the ever present problem of tactical voting for neighbours prevails!


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