Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow wins Eurovision Song Contest

Swedenand’s Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday, beating Russia and Italy in the worldand’s biggest international music show.
The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter, who had been a bookmakersand’ favorite, performed the winning electro-pop ballad and”Heroes,and” dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.
Sweden has won the 60-year-old competition six times, more than any other nation apart from Ireland. Sweden won most recently in 2012 with and”Euphoriaand” by Loreen and now gets to host the contest again next year.
This yearand’s theme was Building Bridges, which many artists interpreted as an appeal for tolerance in performances that included a gay kiss scene by Lithuania.
and”We are all heroes no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in,and” Zelmerlow told the crowd in Vienna after getting a hug from last yearand’s victor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst of Austria.
He beat Russiaand’s Polina Gagarina, whose song and”A Million Voicesand” reaped top scores from most former Soviet satellite states that earned angry jeers from the crowd in Austria.
and”Please remember that our motto is building bridges and that music should stand over politics tonight,and” presenter Alice Tumler told the audience.
While viewers are often puzzled by the inclusion of countries outside Europe such as Israel, which qualifies thanks to membership of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), this year the net was cast even wider.
To mark 60 years since the first Eurovision in 1955, Australia was given a wild card entry and singer Guy Sebastian and his up-tempo song and”Tonight Again,and” a big hit with the crowds in Austria, finished fifth. Eurovision is hugely popular in Australia, where about 3 million people watched it last year, and broadcaster SBS is an associate member of the EBU.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman