Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest, with Guy Sebastian coming in fifth for wildcard entry Australia.
Zelmerlow, a 28-year-old singer and TV presenter, performed the winning electro-pop ballad Heroes, dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.
In Sweden’s sixth victory — 41 years after national superstars ABBA won — Zelmerlow scored 365 points. Sweden last won the 60-year-old competition in 2012.
Russia’s Polina Gagarina came in second place on 303 points and sang A Million Voices, a paean to peace that she had hoped would silence the boos that Russia’s entry got last year after the annexation of Crimea.
Italian pop opera trio Il Volo finished third on 292, with Belgian Loic Nottet coming in fourth.
Ann Sophie of Germany, and shaggy-haired Austrians The Makemakes scored zero points in the song contest this year.
Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, resplendent in a sparkly, backless purple outfit, floated onto the stage in Vienna to begin Europe’s annual anything-goes pop fest.
Absent from the contest this year was Turkey — which has been absent from Eurovision since 2012 — and Ukraine, cash-strapped from the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in its east.
Here is some of Mans Zelmerlow’s posts:
— Måns Zelmerlöw (@manszelmerlow) May 23, 2015
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