20-year-old Emmelie de Forest brought Scandinavia its second consecutive win and her country’s third victory in the history of the extra popular European song competition with her song, Only Teardops.
“Punctuated by drumming and a tin whistle, her entry stood out from the crowd of ballads, Europop and dance hits that tried to emulate last year’s winning song,” writes BBC. “Its simple melody was fitting for a year when the host nation, Sweden, decided to bring the annual music fest back to its roots.”
De Forest grew up in northern Denmark and has been singing since she was 14, touring around the country with the Scottish musician Fraser Neill. She admitted the importance of being persistent to succeed as a young musician.
“I just called and emailed like a lot of festivals, music places and a lot of times I got no, but you just have to believe in yourself and keep trying, trying, trying â be outgoing and talk to new people, just call them and don’t be afraid,” she said.
Before the results were announced, De Forest said: “I think we have a really good song that can take us far, but let’s see, anything can happen.”
Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan took the second place having performed ‘Hold Me’, ahead of Ukraine’s Zlata Ognevich with her song ‘Gravity’ in third place. Two semifinals this week whittled down the contestants from 40 to 26.
Millions of viewers worldwide watched weird and wonderful acts battle to win Eurovision, as flag bearers entered on stage to a special hymn by pop icon ABBA’s song-writing duo.
“Welcome to Sweden and my hometown Malmo,” said Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the ParisÂ Saint-Germain striker and Sweden star, in a video clip opening the event on Saturday.
Petre Mede was a hostess in an arena in the third largest city of Sweden, the homeland of disco greats and 1974 Eurovision winners ABBA.
Carl Bildt, Sweden’s foreign minister,Â who attended the final Eurovision performance on Saturday, said that the contest was a unique event that united Europe.
“We see the old Yugoslavia, now independent states, after a decade of war they always vote for each other in Eurovision,” Bildt said. “That I think is fun.”
This year’s song contest saw the return to the international stage of two seasoned European stars.
Total Eclipse of the Heart’Â singer Bonnie Tyler represented Britain withÂ Believe In Me’ while Anouk, whose songÂ Nobody’s Wife’Â hit Europe in the 1990s, sang ‘Birds’ for The Netherlands.
Swedish artist Loreen who won last year’sÂ contest with her breathtaking performance of âEuphoriaâ, premieredÂ a new song âWe Got the Power.â
According to Aljazeera, Sweden has scaled back costs for the event this year to $23mn, a large drop from last year’s lavish competition hosted by Azerbaijan in its capital, Baku, which cost $1bn.
“We have attempted to host Eurovision with less money to show that it is possible to do this without it being too painful for the host country,” Jan-Erik Westman, a spokesman of host broadcaster SVT, said.