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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 162.

    137.
    Braxas

    You need to be clearer in your statement. International football competitions are once every 4 years!! Hardly perpetual. Unless you're referring to domestic football, for which we currently hold arguably the strongest league on the planet. The Premier League has had representation in 7 of the last 8 Champions League finals.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 161.

    I like Bonnie, but the 19th place is just about right. The quality was quite high this year. We have this sense of entitlement because for a while we could match the US in terms of producing quality music, but every recent British "star" is designed to break into the US and the idiosyncrasy that set us apart from the rest of the world has sold out to commerce.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 160.

    The UK has lots of great young music talent, but needs to put the same effort and energy into the contest as other countries if we want to win.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 159.

    I am appalled that commentators ascribe the poor UK result to any anti-British sentiment; the song was mediocre at best, the singer belongs to a different time and the melody bland. So long as we continue to ignore our pop/rock music heritage by delegating the selection of performer / song to a nameless BBC bureaucrat we will underperform and undermine the wealth of talent we actually possess.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 158.

    I can understand the animus against the UK, due in part to perceived British arrogance and xenophobia as well as the considerable UK ambivalence towards the EU project. But why did the poor kid from Ireland did so badly?

    In any case it's been convincingly shown by statisticians that the current voting system encourages regional block voting. A new system is needed to break up the blocks.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 157.

    'Don't tell me to listen to all that Eurovision claptrap, I want my bloody money back.

    Signed.
    A TV. Licence payer.

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    Comment number 156.

    Would have been nice if this story was not plastered on the main news website last night, so that those of us who couldn't watch live didn't have the outcome spoiled.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 155.

    @151 Ralphie ... IF bonnie had won we would have had reason to goat but there was no way in any dimension she was ever going to win... a) because of the political voting and b) because she was simply awful!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 154.

    Good song , inspiration for performance, from someone in the Danish camp who loves Les Mis?... I also thought the Hungarian song was also quite good . Weirdest song of the night had to be the Romanian song sung by the bloke with the very high pitched voice dressed like Dracula , fang tastic.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 153.

    Perhaps we could have a votes for benefits scheme next year......Oh no we do that without the stipulation of votes anyway.....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 152.

    The standard of songs was much improved compared to previous years. But, perhaps there should be included a last years winner by sales as this mostly would cut out the politics of the previous year and that way I might not get that gut feeling that Euro-vision is another reason why we should get out of the EU.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 151.

    If Bonnie had won the posters on here would be gloating and sticking up to fingers to the continent. As it stands, we appear to have turned into a nation of sore losers.

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    Comment number 150.

    Eurovision 2013 although better reflects a poor selection in choosing Bonnie Tyler without a doubt was rubbish. The countries who voted for us were just kind to us for once We need young vibrant talent to compete with the Europeans, they who put on a good show and the winner just proves how far behind we are. The selectors for the UK need to review our talent pool and pick someone young.

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    Comment number 149.

    Why we bother in this load of rubbish when we will never be allowed to win, it's only a jolly for the BBC, get out now and save the license payer some money.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 148.

    Weird. I thought this was the best show in years (relatively speaking). The bloc voting was less pronounced (the Balkans all seem to despise each other). The host was superb.
    Sorry. Our song was tired and dull. I'm surprised it made it to 19th place. They should bring back a song for europe. Ha ha ha ha. We could get Jordan to warble some dubstep track. The rest of europe would love it.

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    Comment number 147.

    95.gOLLUM

    Bosnia didn't enter, Cyprus did't make it to the final.

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    Comment number 146.

    We could have the best song, musically and lyrically, but we still wouldn't win.It's as simple as that.Last night's song though was weak, and even a singer like Bonnie Tyler can't make a weak song sound like a Eurovision winner.We just aren't liked by the rest of Europe, and the more we go on about the competition being utter trash, the less chance we have to win.

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    Comment number 145.

    Fair play to Bonnie for giving it a go. Didnt she once have a hit with Lost in France or was that malmo ? Lets not take part in this anymore, its just utter drivel. Sir Terry had it right.

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    Comment number 144.

    At least Greece weren't able to give maximum points to Cyprus this year, and vice versa. The rest voted for their mates as usual. I had thought we might win this year, as nobody really wants to fork out a lot of money to stage it next year, so dump it on us.

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    Comment number 143.

    I'm not going to be politically correct... Bonnie Tyler was dreadful and deeply unpleasant to listen to, THAT'S why we didn't do very well. The political voting is tiresome yes but even with political voting Bonnie was simply awful! The Romanian was the only truly talented performer so of course he was NEVER going to win!

 

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