DENMARK WINS 2013 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
It was an exciting evening at the Malmö where in front of thousands of people in the arena and millions of people on TV, Emmelie de Forest from Denmark won the 2013 edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show with her song Only Teardrops!
What an evening it has been!! 26 wonderful acts sang their hearts out on stage, competing for the ultimate prize; the title of winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.
However, there could be just one winner and that was Emmelie de Forest from Denmark who stormed to victory with 281 points!
Here is Emmelie's winning performance on stage in Malmö during the Grand Final:
She was closely followed by Azerbaijan with 234 points and Ukraine with 214 points.
Here are some pictures of Emmelie de Forest on stage after her victory:
Emmelie de Forest also won the first Semi-Final
Ahead of her victory tonight, we can also reveal that Denmark also won the first Semi-Final with 167 points followed by Russia with 156 points and Ukraine with 140 points.
Malmö's message to the world - We Are One
Sweden and the city of Malmö have proven to be worthy hosts of Europe's favourite TV show with a wonderful evening of entertainment put on by host broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT). The show was opened with an Olympic style flag march where the artists entered the arena to the anthem We Write The Story, written by none other than ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.
The interval act was equally impressive, featuring the winner of last year's contest in Baku, Loreen and an impressive performance of The Winner Takes It All by Sarah Dawn Finer. We also took a self-ironic look at what it is to be Swedish, including a brief appearance by Carola Häggkvist, who won the competition in 1991 with Fångad av en stormvind.
The broadcast was hosted by Petra Mede who was eager to welcome the millions of viewers to Malmö for tonight's show!
This is how Europe decided
The final outcome was decided by a 50:50 split between professional juries and televoting from all 39 participants. The jury votes were decided during the Jury Final last night and the televotes decided during tonight's show. The 26 finalists were made up of 20 qualifiers from the first and second Semi-Finals held on the 14th and 16th of May and six automatic qualifiers including the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the host country Sweden.