Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday in a thrilling finale that saw 28-year-old Måns Zelmerlöw go head-to-head with Russia’s Polina Gagarina for most of the evening.
He eventually picked up 365 points for the song ‘Heroes’ while Russia scored 303 points.
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Amid concerns about the rising costs of staging the show, this year’s contest was a slightly smaller affair.
A crowd of about 10,000 packed into Vienna’s Weiner Stadhalle.
Euronews correspondent Andrea Hajagos watched from behind the scenes:
“We’re here in the media centre at the exact moment the winner is announced. Even though we weren’t allowed access to the main hall, we still felt that we were among – not journalists – but real Eurovision fans,” she said.
Many people had travelled long distances to witness the spectacle.
One man from Norway told euronews: “It’s very expected, we wanted Italy but sadly it’s Sweden again.”
Another fan said: “Very sad for Germany, because nil points, like Austria as well.”
A third man, told euronews: “Finland wasn’t there, we are from Finland, so it had to be Sweden; 12 points Sweden.”Watch the winning performance