Finland was the surprise winner of the Eurovision song contest in the Greek capital, Athens.The hard rock horror band Lordi took top honours after putting on a show that managed to shock and amuse millions of viewers across the continent. Although widely associated in western Europe with trite pop, the annual competition is gathering increasing support across the east. Bosnia-Herzegovina came in third with the group Hari Mata Hari signing the melodic “Layla”, an effort that collected 228 points. They were pipped to second place by Russia’s entrant, Dima Bilan, who scored 248 points with “Never let you go”. But there was no doubting the night belonged to Finland’s monster-themed rock band who collected the country’s first ever win with 292 points. It means Helsinki will host next year’s show – an event Lordi predicts will have a much wider range of musical styles as a result of the group’s victory.
Finnish hard rockers collect Eurovision crown