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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Eurovision 2015 - Mans Zelmerlow wins; Electro Velvet scores 5

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 is the  60th  edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest is currently taking place in Vienna, Austria.  I have recently posted about the interesting technology news,  that of Eurovision song contest installing  'anti-booing' technology for the first time to hide jeers aimed towards Russia's blonde beauty singer - Polina Sergeyevna Gagarina

If this wins, we'll stay in Europe': Britain's Eurovision flops score just five points prompting hilarious reaction online - Electro Velvet secured just  five points with rendition of Still In Love With You !  - their  Eurovision performance was mocked online by viewers.   Electro Velvet are a British duo made up of vocalists Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas  that represented the United Kingdom.    Nicholas has appeared both on The X Factor and The Voice UK.  She has also sung a duet with Will Young and performed in front of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry.

At the 60th edition of the Euro Vision,  a record number of countries took part, including Australia - which was invited to compete for the first time.  Swedish singer Mans Zelmerlow has triumphed at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, beating Russia's Polina Gagarina.  Zelmerlow won with his upbeat pop track Heroes, which was accompanied by innovative animated visuals.  Måns Petter Albert Sahlén Zelmerlöw,  is a Swedish pop singer, television presenter, model, and actor. He took part in Idol 2005 eventually finishing fifth.  He participated in Melodifestivalen in 2007, 2009 and won in 2015. He represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Heroes", and won the contest with 365 points, the third biggest score in the history of ESC.

Italy were third, followed by Belgium. Australia finished fifth in the country's first Eurovision appearance.  The UK's 1920s-influenced swing act Electro Velvet finished 24th out of the 27 participants with five points.  The bottom of the board were : Germany, Austria, France and  UK.    Electro Velvet is quoted as saying : "Obviously it is disappointing to finish on the right hand side of the board, but we have had the most amazing, brilliant, unforgettable time being part of this unique competition in this special year.

It was Sweden's sixth Eurovision win - meaning they are now just one victory behind the contest's record holders Ireland, who have won seven times.  Russia's Polina Gagarina was leading the field for a spell as the results came in.  The result also means the annual extravaganza will be held in Sweden next year - just three years after it last hosted the show. This year's contest was held in the Austrian capital's Wiener Stadthalle following Conchita Wurst's win last year; but the hosts, along with Germany, finished with zero points - the first time since 2003 that any country has drawn a blank.

After the show, Eurovision organisers revealed there had been irregularities with the votes from the juries in Macedonia and Montenegro.  The points awarded by each country are normally determined by a combination of a jury and a public vote.  A statement said: "The jury results of FYR Macedonia and Montenegro for the grand final have been excluded after consultation of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the contest's independent voting observer, and upon the decision of the executive supervisor and the chairman of the reference group.  "In both countries, televoting applied for 100%. The exclusion of two juries will be further discussed in the next reference group meeting in June."  Around 200 million viewers were thought to have tuned in to the event on television, and it was screened live in China for the first time.

As the scores came through nation by nation via videolink to Vienna, it looked for a while as though Russian Polina Gagarina would take the title with her paean to world peace 'A Million Voices'.  In the end though her anthem scored just 303 points. Gagarina did however avoid the boos that Russia's singer got last year following Moscow's annexation of Crimea.  Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson dealt Russia the fatal blow when she announced the UK was awarding Sweden a maximum 12 points, pushing them to the top spot  ~and so, it was Swedish heartthrob Mans Zelmerlow, a 28-year-old singer and television presenter,  winning with the electro-pop ballad Heroes, giving Sweden it's sixth win in Eurovision history.  Sweden won most recently in 2012 with Euphoria by Loreen and now gets to host the contest again next year.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

25th May 2015.

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