Naturally, we’re not about to just blurt out to the winner right here in the opening sentence, especially given some of our readers in the Central and Western time zones might still be watching the countdown unaware…
For the rest of us on the East Coast, however, the news is that Sweden has triumphed in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Held in Vienna, Austria last night (and telecast here in Australia both this morning and again tonight), Måns Zelmerlöw of Sweden triumphed in the 60th edition of the competition with his single ‘Heroes’ over Polina Gagarina of Russia and Il Volo of Italy.
Halfway through the voting, Russia was on top of the pile with 187 points, ahead of Sweden (172 points) and Italy (143 points), but things changed through the latter part of the voting, with Måns and Sweden rocketing into the lead to take the competition.
Guy Sebastian did Australia proud, performing our song ‘Tonight Again’ with incredible professionalism, pitch-perfect vocals and even a bit of fancy footwork. He’s a superstar and it’s clear that most of Australia agrees, sending the song rocketing into the top ten on iTunes straight after the show. Hopefully our local radio networks might now start supporting the song a little more.
Host nation Austria, who hosted this year’s competition after triumphing last year and neighbouring Germany both polled terribly, achieving absolutely nil points and coming stone cold last.
United Kingdom and France also polled poorly; the UK fourth last and France third last.
Here’s how the countries finished;
24. United Kingdom
= 26. Austria
= 26. Germany