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Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins

2015-05-24 01:40:40

Eurovision Song ContestSweden's Mans Zelmerlow had been the bookmakers' favourite

Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia's Polina Gagarina.

Zelmerlow won with his upbeat pop track Heroes, which was accompanied by innovative animated visuals.

Italy were third, followed by Belgium. Australia finished fifth in the country's first Eurovision appearance.

The UK's 1920s-influenced swing act Electro Velvet were 24th out of 27 countries with five points.

Electro Velvet are Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke, who is a Mick Jagger impersonator in The Rolling Stones tribute band The Rolling Clones.

A record 27 countries took part, including Australia, which was invited to compete for the first time to mark the event's 60th anniversary.


The top of the leaderboard:

  • 1. Sweden. Mans Zelmerlow - Heroes. 365 points
  • 2. Russia. Polina Gagarina - A Million Voices. 303
  • 3. Italy. Il Volo - Grande Amore. 292
  • 4. Belgium. Loic Nottet - Rhythm Inside. 217
  • 5. Australia. Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again. 196

Eurovision Song ContestElectro Velvet are Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke

The bottom of the leaderboard:

  • 24 - UK. Electro Velvet (above) - Still In Love With You. 5 points
  • 25 - France. Lisa Angell - N'oubliez Pas. 4
  • =26 - Austria. The Makemakes - I Am Yours. 0
  • =26 - Germany. Ann Sophie - Black Smoke. 0

Mans Zelmerlow was the bookmakers' favourite throughout the build-up to this year's contest.

"I'm so happy and I want to say thank you for voting for me," he told the crowd. "I want to say we are all Heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in - we are all heroes."

Around 200 million viewers were expected to tune in to the event on television.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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