Sweden wins Eurovision contest
SWEDEN'S Loreen has taken out the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan before an international television audience of 100 million, days after angering Azeri authorities by meeting human rights activists critical of the host country.
The 28-year-old won with the song Euphoria in the annual competition of 42 countries, delighting viewers and the contest's professional judges and dancing barefoot as she sang.
The Eurovision winners:
- Sweden - Loreen
- Russian - Buranovskiye Babushki
- Serbia - Zeljko Joksimovic
- Azerbaijan - Sabina Babayeva
- Albania - Rona Nishliu
- Estonia - Ott Lepland
- Turkey - Can Bonomo
- Germany - Roman Lob
- Italy - Nina Zilli
- Spain - Pastora Soler
Loreen's club anthem Euphoria easily outscored entries from her nearest rivals from Russia, Serbia and hosts Azerbaijan to be declared winner of the contest in Baku, the local host broadcaster announced.
The win marks Sweden's fifth victory in the annual music extravaganza - famous for its heavy-duty kitsch - and will see Sweden host the competition next year.
Sweden is a veteran competitor at Eurovision, entering the competition in 1958. However its last victory goes back to Take Me to Your Heaven by Charlotte Nilsson in 1999, when competition was held in Jerusalem.
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