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Eurovision: behind the scenes in Vienna

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Eurovision: behind the scenes in Vienna

<p>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. </p> <p>He eventually picked up 365 points for the song ‘Heroes’ while Russia scored 303 points.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/manszelmerlow"><code>manszelmerlow</a> from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SWE?src=hash">#SWE</a> answers questions after giving his country its 6th <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurovision"></code>Eurovision</a> win <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BuildingBridges?src=hash">#BuildingBridges</a> <a href="http://t.co/QdC6jeodv5">pic.twitter.com/QdC6jeodv5</a></p>— <span class="caps">EBU</span> (@EBU_HQ) <a href="https://twitter.com/EBU_HQ/status/602263423280373760">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Amid concerns about the rising costs of staging the show, this year’s contest was a slightly smaller affair.</p> <p>A crowd of about 10,000 packed into Vienna’s Weiner Stadhalle.</p> <p>Euronews correspondent Andrea Hajagos watched from behind the scenes:</p> <p>“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.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Behind the scenes: How pyrotechnics work on stage, read more at <a href="http://t.co/icLbiQM3iu">http://t.co/icLbiQM3iu</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/eurovision?src=hash">#eurovision</a></p>— Eurovision (@Eurovision) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/602097169202585600">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Many people had travelled long distances to witness the spectacle.</p> <p>One man from Norway told euronews: “It’s very expected, we wanted Italy but sadly it’s Sweden again.”</p> <p>Another fan said: “Very sad for Germany, because nil points, like Austria as well.” </p> <p>A third man, told euronews: “Finland wasn’t there, we are from Finland, so it had to be Sweden; 12 points Sweden.”</p> <b>Watch the winning performance</b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Here is Sweden and <a href="https://twitter.com/manszelmerlow"><code>manszelmerlow</a>&#39;s winning performance: <a href="https://t.co/ybR1WQPOxe">https://t.co/ybR1WQPOxe</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eurovision?src=hash">#Eurovision</a></p>&mdash; Eurovision (</code>Eurovision) <a href="https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/602256538649124864">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>