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 302.

    Eurovision is nowhere near as political as people like to make out. Take the winning entry, Denmark, if every Nordic country gave it maximum points (which they didn't) it would only have gained 48 points, leaving it to get over 200 on merit. If we want to win Eurovision we need to take it seriously...

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    Comment number 301.

    Pollywollydoodle wrote: Interesting how many people slag Eurovision off, yet apparently keep watching it.

    This is exactly why people watch it - to have fun by slagging it off and generally making fun of it.

    It is much better then to make it into some chauvinistic exercise of "our singers are winning for the Glory of the State and the People" as they do in some other countries.

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    Comment number 300.

    295 Every hear of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, Learner and Lowe, Harold Arlen? These are just a few of the people who wrote actual music for the pop genre. Beautiful and interesting melodies, clever and touching lyrics. She loves me yeah, yeah, yeah doesn't cut it. And it continued to go downhill from there. Moronic.

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    Comment number 299.

    It it mostly about music and performance, not countries loving or hating each other. Yes, some countries do give their neighbours high points, but it is usually done in a way that true deserver will always win. I really hated UK's song and performance this year, it looked like Bony was very tired and sleepy and wearing black leggings?! o_O

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    Comment number 298.

    What an old tired couple of entries we have put up the last two years. How about just going down the indie route rather than all this Radio 2 tosh that the Beeb wheel out. New artists only, singer songwriters only, and kick out the old guard once and for all.

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    Comment number 297.

    Again we see the BBC chasing ratings and again we see them beaten.

    This kind of 'entertainment' should not be on the BBC.

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    Comment number 296.

    280Real music doesn't come out of an electronic machine.It's a direct communication between one human being an another, their life energy.Recordings are mere facsimiles, poor ones at best given our current technology.Those who need electronic crutches just to make their voice palatable or even to sing on pitch have no real skill or talent for it.Contemporary compositions are not memorable.Pathetic

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    Comment number 295.

    280 Ralphie

    "Another doomsayer... "

    You must make allowances for people who think music in the 1950's was best. We all prefer the decades when we were young and have a tendency to rubbish anything recent.

    Back to the big bands/Swing? Crooners like Frankie Lane or such 'golden classics' as "How much is that Doggie in the Window" or "Rawhide"?

    I think not !

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    Comment number 294.

    Its a joke. Terry Wogan has said everything that needs to be said about it.

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    Comment number 293.


    Aren't we part of the permanent funding bloc for this rubbish every year? Why?


    We came up with the idea of Eurovision in 1954, we are in a " you made you bed now lye in it scenario" the real reason why we do not take it seriously is that we do not allow European music unless its club or classical music into our charts, as we are to busy in making $$$$'s with the yanks.

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    Comment number 292.

    Being a pretty boy/girl obviously helps - but didn't some grandmas do well last year? I think the reality is simple: what we generally like in pop in the UK/Eire is not what people like in the rest of Europe. We could get better and crafter songwriters/choreographers in to write Euro pop music or continue doing stuff for our own tastes and whinge about bias.

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    Comment number 291.

    I enjoyed the "competition" - it was a chance to hear some NEW material rather than hear people doing TV Karaoke which is what we normally get on a Saturday night. Yeah - most of the songs were silly but there were some gems, too. I don't think the competition is an automatic launch pad to stardom unless you are Abba or Bucks Fizz. But let's encourage SONGWRITING in this country not Karaoke.

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    Comment number 290.

    Aren't we part of the permanent funding bloc for this rubbish every year? Why?

  • Comment number 289.

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

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    Comment number 288.

    Between the teenybopper rubbish, the cheese and the wheeling out of old Pop music royalty of yester year no wonder we very rarely win, for gods sake the presenting says it all; both Mr Norton and Mr Wogan are not even British and are from a rival competing nation???

    Also why do we not have a proper competition on BBC 1 instead of the Voice after all where's last year voice winner again?

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    Comment number 286.

    @ 279. How Far do the borders of Europe extend?

    Every year this chestnut pops up on here! Seeing as you've posted on here you probably understand at least the basic concept of using "the World Wide Web"! Try looking in Wikipedia to see why Israel, Azerbaijan etc are allowed to compete.

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    Comment number 285.

    To all those saying Bonnie was old...well look at how we in Ireland sent a young fellow called Ryan Dolan, who had the looks & a disco/club type song & we all know now what happened him. It's not the bloc-voting because most of the countries that gave us the prize seven times voted last night, so it must have been that the song was a bit trite, in fact I hated his song. We should have sent Aimee!

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    Comment number 284.

    Let's face it. It is camp and fun ! Dancing meatballs, gay kissing on prime time, a bloke in a box, a 7ft giant with feathers in his hair, Greeks with Free Alcohol, an opera singing Satan with pseudo naked dancers under his duvet. What's it all about ? Who cares ? Pass some more vino collapso and the nibbles !!! There is precious little amusement in the UK today. Enjoy it !

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    Comment number 283.

    Bonnie did no worse than anymore expected and seeing as we did better than last year let's just take the positives and enter someone much younger with a decent song next year!


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