For the second time since 2012, singer Loreen has won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. Her song “Tattoo” received a total of 583 points. Finland (526 points) with singer Käärijä and the metal-pop-electro song “Cha Cha Cha” came second in the world’s largest music show on Sunday night.
Israel finished third in Liverpool, followed by Italy and Norway. Germany was last with the rock band Lord Of The Lost (“Blood & Glitter”) – like last year. The German ESC bankruptcy series since 2015 with only the penultimate or last places has only been interrupted in recent years by Michael Schulte, who took fourth place in 2018. For the last time, 75-year-old Peter Urban commented on the show on ARD. The commentator accompanied the ESC for the 25th time.
The Nordic showdown between Sweden and Finland had already been hinted at before the Liverpool final: Sweden’s Loreen and Finland’s Käärijä had been identified by experts and betting shops as the two biggest favorites at this year’s ESC. Loreen, who won the music competition eleven years ago in the Azerbaijani capital Baku with the song “Euphoria”, was traded by the bookmakers as a top favorite early on – even before she even won the Swedish ESC preliminary round in March had decided.
Loreen wins with a sound similar to the hit “Euphoria”
Loreen is 39 years old. With “Euphoria” she took the title at her first ESC appearance in 2012 – and then stormed to the top of the charts in Germany and other countries. Since then, the Swede had become quieter again internationally – until she hit a very similar sound with “Tattoo” as with her hit eleven years ago.
According to ESC tradition, Ukraine would normally have held the 67th Eurovision Song Contest as last year’s winner. However, Great Britain, as the second-placed country last year, took on this task because Ukraine is not a safe place due to the Russian war of aggression.
Selenskij would have preferred a different venue
In a BBC interview, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he would have preferred it if the competition had been moved to a neighboring country like Poland or Slovakia. Then it would have been easier for Ukrainians to travel there or feel close.
The moderation quartet in Liverpool included the Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, who expressly thanked the British hosts on the show. In addition to her, actress Hannah Waddingham (“Game of Thrones”), “Britain’s Got Talent” judge Alesha Dixon and talk show host and author Graham Norton, who is one of the most famous television personalities in the English-speaking world and has been hosting the ESC for the BBC for years commented.
Eliminated in semifinals:
- Azerbaijan: TuralTuranX – tell me more
- Denmark: Reiley – Breaking My Heart
- Georgia: Iru – echo
- Greece: Victor Vernicos – What They Say
- Ireland: Wild Youth – we are one
- Iceland: Dilja – Power
- Latvia: Sudden Lights – Aija
- Malta: The Busker – Dance (Our Own Party)
- Netherlands: Mia Nicolai & Dion Cooper – Burning Daylight
- Romania: Theodor Andrei – DGT (Off And On)
- San Marino: Piqued Jacks – Like An Animal
With material from the dpa
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