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Germany eighth as Sweden wins Eurovision
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Germany eighth as Sweden wins Eurovision

Published: 27 May 2012 10:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 May 2012 11:36 GMT+02:00

It was Sweden’s fifth title while Lob’s result was Germany’s second best performance in the last decade after Lena’s victory in 2010, according to Die Welt newspaper on Saturday.

“I am super happy,” the 21-year-old said afterwards, saying he had aimed to get into the top ten. He said the Swedish performance was “super” and added that he had had a “super” time in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.

The Eurovision decision is made from 50 percent national juries and 50 percent telephone voting.

German television’s hostess for the evening, comic and presenter Anke Engelke managed to inject a subtle political element to the vacuous chat that is generally expected.

"Tonight no-one can vote for their own country. But it is good to vote and it is good to have a choice. Good luck on your journey, Azerbaijan. Europe is watchin you," she said.

The lack of political freedom in the host country has attracted criticism, while the regime used its hosting of the glittering event as an opportunity to promote itself – after arresting dozens of protesters ahead of the contest.

While Loreen’s rendition of “Euphoria” left the Swedes ecstatic, she was followed in the final rankings by the “pop grannies” from Russia with their unlikely song “Party for Everybody”. The Serb, Azerbaijani and Albanian entries came third, fourth and fifth respectively.

Britain’s entry, the veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck had the humiliation of coming 25th – out of 26, with only the Norwegian contestant doing worse.

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11:20 May 27, 2012 by Sayer
"Bread and circuses" to keep the plebs distracted from their real-life woes!
15:53 May 27, 2012 by MrPC
Who pays attention to this stuff anyway? What a weird trip this contest is. It certainly has nothing to do with music.
19:13 May 27, 2012 by Aburgboy
You are so right Chango. I thought it was going to be a tough call between Denmark and Sweden.
20:54 May 27, 2012 by karldehm
I think he would have done a lot better if he hadn't wore his grand fathers's

underwear on his head.
08:29 May 28, 2012 by catjones
European Union, the musical..
12:03 May 28, 2012 by ovalle3.14
This is to music, what Miss Universe is to beauty.
18:58 May 29, 2012 by www.emungus.net
EUROVISION OR AMERICAVISION?

The contest seemed displaying nothing but a mass-copy. Actually, US should claim their copyright. No Eurovision, let's talk about Americavision instead, dudes.
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