So So Gay had predicted it for quite some time and last night in Azerbaijan, Sweden won the 57th Eurovision Song Contest. The song, ‘Euphoria’, performed by charismatic singer Loreen, triumphed by a landslide with 372 points. Buranovskiye Babushki, colloquially known as ‘the Russian grannies’ were left trailing in 2nd place, closely followed by Serbia.
Loreen gave a storming performance of her club-inspired track, complete with her trademark dance moves, snow machine and dark lighting. Twitter users were falling over themselves to register their approval and reflected the general opinion that the Swedish song had comprehensively blown all competition out of the water.Testament to the song’s appeal, at the time of writing, ‘Euphoria’ was riding high at number 2 on UK iTunes.
Albania, whose quirky singer Rona Nishliu had created quite a wave following her emotional performance in the first semi-final, finished in 5th place, its best result ever. However, there was yet more disappointment for the United Kingdom whose representative, Engelbert Humperdinck, was left disappointed in 25th position with his ballad ‘Love Will Set You Free’. Other entries which fared less well than expected include Italy (9th), Spain (10th) and Iceland (20th).
Overall, the standard of this year’s contest was very high and, controversies aside, the Azerbaijani organisers did a tremendous job of preparing and hosting the huge pan-European event.
So, that was that. EUROvisual is now signing off for another year. See you all for Sweden 2013!
You can download ‘Euphoria’ on iTunes now.