In a year with many strong entries, Sweden held on to their momentum and won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest with Mans Zelmerlow’s “Heroes”.
Accepting the trophy from last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst, Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow took the top honors after some tight voting at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Going into this week Sweden was the claimed frontrunner, but many of the bookmaker’s top 10 felt like they had an equally good chance at the top slot. Early in the voting it looked like Russia’s Paulina Gagarina had it locked in, but a surge in the votes pushed Sweden back on top and far enough in the lead to call the voting before all 40 countries had read out their votes1.
In total, Sweden received top honors of 12 points from 12 countries, finishing with a score of 365 points. In the runner-up spot was Russia, whose power ballad “A Million Voices” by Paulina Gagarina received 5 12’s from the 40-country field and 303 points overall. For most of the voting (which seemed fairly Eastern-bloc focused), Russia held a lead over Sweden, but lost their footing once more Western nations registered their votes. Italy finished a strong third place with 292 points. “Grande Amore” by Il Volo earned only three 12’s.
Other countries to earn 12s were Montenegro, Australia2, Belgium, Latvia, Serbia, Albania, Armenia, Romania, and Azerbaijan.
It was not a good year for Austria or Germany. “I Am Yours” (by The Makemakes) and “Black Smoke” (by Ann Sophie) each finished at the bottom of the scoreboard with 0 points each – the first time there’s been a result like this in the final since 2003. France and the UK had equally rough years, finishing in the bottom fourth of the scores.
The 61st Edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place next May in Sweden. Congratulations, Mans!