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Denmark won the 58th Eurovision Song Contest with Emmelie de Forest’s performance of “Only Teardrops.” Watch the performances here!

Editor’s note: This article is by Irvin K.

This marks the third time Denmark has won Eurovision, after 1963 and 2000 – and, coincidentally, their previous victory also came from a contest hosted by Sweden.

The runner up was Azerbaijan, with Farid Mammadov’s “Hold Me.” I was rooting for this very inventive performance, but they fell short of repeating their 2011 win. Still, Azerbaijan continues their streak of never finishing outside the top 8, the only country to have done so.

Third place went to Ukraine, with Zlata Ognevich’s “Gravity.” This is their fourth finish in the top three, and they were neck and neck with Azerbaijan for second place. Watch their performance here:

Norway and Russia rounded out the top five. Host country Sweden gave a rather disappointing performance that didn’t even rank in the top half. But that can be overlooked in favor of the glorious show they put on, which included a very fun ditty about Sweden itself, and a rousing rendition of ABBA’s “The Winner Takes It All.”

Some big names failed to make it far, including Bonnie Tyler for the U.K. and Cascada for Germany, both of whom were ranked in the lowest third. But rankings are not everything, because some of my favorite numbers did not get a lot of votes. Witness the beautiful duet “Waterfall” by Georgia and the comedic “Marry Me” by Finland.

Surprisingly, Ireland landed in last place with only five points – I guess voters would have preferred Jedward to return? Do you think they should have received more votes?

If you’re European, whom did you vote for? If you’re not, whom would you have voted for? And what did you think of this year’s Eurovision?

  • Jazz

    Aww there you go Selina, represent!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      Woo hoo! I was celebrating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stiina-Sild/100000528613611 Stiina Sild

    Denmark is a good place for my country. We will see whether Estonia wins next year like 2000. Denmark´s song was quite well also. My favorite was Malta.

  • Wilma

    Um, ROMANIA!? ♥♥♥

    • hpboy13

      They were… memorable, I’ll give you that.

  • Charlie

    Eurovision was pretty boring this year. Too many serious performances.

    • hpboy13

      I agree, it was a rather dull year this time around. Here’s hoping 2014 is better!

  • Phoebe

    I just feel bad for everyone outside the UK because of the lack of Graham Norton in their life last night.

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      What makes you think our hosts aren’t at least as good?

    • http://slasher777.tumblr.com/ Alex

      Every year I download the competition from BBC just for Graham Norton. That guy is an absolute genious.

    • Samantha

      When I watch the Uks Eurovision act, I just feel sorry for the people in the uk.

  • Becca

    Malta were awesome! I also really loved Denmark, and Azerbaijan! & I agree with Phoebe, Graham Norton covering it was the best thing ever!

  • sigrunbjs

    I liked the ukranian song – the danish one was ok but didn´t deserve to win in my opinion – love Danmark though and maybe I´ll head on over to København next year to watch the show ;)

    • Alex

      I agree. I think Germany deserved to win.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Wilkinson/792210064 Ryan Wilkinson

    Greece was my personal favourite, although Romania was pretty memorable =). “Marry Me” has been in my head all day… =/

  • Elizabeth Murphy

    First of all yes i am irish. Second, i feel as if Ireland deserved a lot more than last place. We are constantly changing it up and are going to win it again one day soon. *note Ireland has won the eurovision most times!! Perhaps countries didn’t vote for us cause we are one of the causes of the economic downturn. However, greece did beat Ireland so i don’t know if this theory could be true.

    • Sara

      Or they just didn’t vote for us because we’re not down by all the rest of them, eurovisions become a vote for your neighbor contest since the last time ireland won

      • Elizabeth Murphy

        True neighbors vote for each other. However the reason Denmark won was because of their song, yes the did receive votes from neighbors but it was the performance that won it. It was the favorite all along. Denmark wouldn’t have a huge amount of neighbors to vote for them and Ireland gave them 12. While I am a huge fan of the eurovision, i do believe that the majority of times he best song will win and last night proved that.

        • hpboy13

          o_O Really, the best song usually wins? That has almost never been the case in my experience. Witness Sweden’s “Popular” coming in third place in 2011, and Azerbaijan’s “Always on my mind” in 2009 also in third. Generally, the best song usually gets their country the win in a year or two because people feel bad – witness Sweden’s victory last year and Azerbaijan’s the year before, when neither song was anything spectacular.

          • Elizabeth Murphy

            Last years winner was incredible and different. It was played on the radio in Ireland for months after.However i do agree with you about Azerbaijan’s win two years ago. You may be right but 50% of the vote from each country comes from a jury of 5 people consisting of professional musicians and song writers. Therefore, they vote for the best song and musical performance As well as that, it is rumored hat a winning song needs a good bridge and all recent winners have that. You need a moment in the song that goes from the balance of slow to fast. That was the reason why Denmark was the favorite from the start. Professionals looked at all entries and decided that this was the best song and informed all betting agencies.

          • Alex

            Glorious kind of did that. But from what I hear, the style changes EVERY YEAR. So you never really know what Country is going to win…

  • http://slasher777.tumblr.com/ Alex

    Betting on the winner of Eurovision is the safest best bet I’ve been doing since 2003, when I started watching the competition. Seriously, it’s ridiciously easy to guess the winner every year. This year, everyone knew Denmark was gonna win from March.

    • Alex

      I honestly thought Germany was going to win.

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    My favourite was DEFINITELY the opera vampire from Romania, I can’t believe he didn’t win it all – he hardly got any votes!

    That said, I’m Danish. So you won’t see me complaining. You WILL hopefully see me at Eurovision 2013 partying it up though! 8-)

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  • http://twitter.com/Shield_TV S.H.I.E.L.D. TV

    Denmark should be disqualified. Their song looks wayyyy too much like I Surrender by K-Otic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A3IS5lTf_I

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      There’s definitely a resemblance at the beginning of the chorus, but the songs aren’t anywhere near close enough for it to be considered plagiarism. I do want to thank you for sharing the video though, that was an absolute joy to watch. I want my life to be like that. *sigh*

      • http://twitter.com/Shield_TV S.H.I.E.L.D. TV

        The intro is the same and the melody is mostly the same, so if it is plagiarism or not, the rule that all songs must be original is broken my this song (same with the German song)

  • lego5ker

    I only wish it was easier to watch eurovision in the us. But i got to say theres there must be something to the Ireland throwing the contest with bad entries theory, cus that song was horrible.

    • hpboy13

      I just watched it on eurovision.tv without any problems. Way easier than watching American stuff while abroad, I assure you.

      I may be in the minority, but I liked Ireland better this year than when they had Jedward – not a fan of them.

      • lego5ker

        thanks I’ll have to keep that in mind for next year, and ya that is a good point, Jedward was much worse.

  • Kathleen

    Malta or Norway should have won! (maybe Netherlands)

  • Manuel

    “Host country Sweden gave a rather disappointing performance that didn’t even rank in the top half.” Blah! I think it was the best song in the competition. It really grows on you. It deserved more recognition.

  • Manuel

    I’m really glad you posted about this. The news here tend to be american/brittish only.

    • hpboy13

      Yeah, it’s a shame more Americans don’t watch Eurovision – it’s so much fun, cheesiness and all!

      • Alex

        It isn’t aired in the US. I have been following Eurovision online. If it was aired in the US, that would be awesome! They showed it years ago, but they don’t anymore. So I just have to keep on being updated with Eurovision.

        • hpboy13

          Vicious cycle and all that – no one wathces it so they don’t show it, they don’t show it so no one watches…

  • Crazieblu

    My favorites were Norway, The Netherlands and Denmark. I was supremely disappointed with the UK’s performance. I love Bonnie Tyler, I truly do, but that was NOT a Bonnie Tyler song. Also, some of the top young artists in the music industry are British. Why are they not making use of that talent?

  • Alex

    I am still really disappointed that Germany didn’t win. I absolutely love Glorious! I also love Euphoria. I hope Cascada enters again next year, they deserved to win. They’re my favorite band and I will alwlays stay a fan. A NatRat forever. Anyway, I didn;t really like Only Teardrops. And The UK’s performance was pretty good. But in my PERSONAL opinion, I think Glorious was better than all of them. I was quite shocked to find out that Germany took 21st place and that the UK did better than them. I felt bad.

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