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article imageAustria wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Austria has won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest — held in Copenhagen, Denmark — the 59th contest since the world’s most popular musical extravaganza began in 1956.
Austria’s Conchita Wurst — a.k.a. the Bearded Lady and alter ego of former Jetzt anders! boy-band member Tom Neuwirth — competed with the song “Rise Like A Phoenix”, which was one of several favourites to win this year’s competition. She received 290 points.
Austria’s triumph marks only the second time the country has won Eurovision in its 58-year history; the last time being 48 years ago, in 1966, when Udo Jürgens performed “Merci, Chérie”.
The Netherlands — who have won the contest on four previous occasions — came second with 238 points and Sweden — who won the contest in 2012 — came third with 218 points.
This year, 37 countries took part in Eurovision, 11 of them — Albania, Belgium, Estonia, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Portugal — being knocked out in two semi-finals earlier this week. All 37 countries were eligible to vote in the final.
"Tick-Tock Goes The Universe"
This evening, 26 countries took part in the grand final, which was watched by an estimated 125 million viewers worldwide. In order of performance, the competing acts were:
1. Ukraine: "Tick-Tock" — performed by Mariya Yaremchuk (NTU)
2. Belarus: "Cheesecake" — performed by Teo (BTRC)
3. Azerbaijan: "Start A Fire" — performed by Dilara Kazimova (İctimai)
4. Iceland: "No Prejudice" — performed by Pollapönk (RÚV)
5. Norway: "Silent Storm" — performed by Carl Espen (NRK)
6. Romania: "Miracle" — performed by Paula Seling & OVI (TVR)
7. Armenia: "Not Alone" — performed by Aram MP3 (AMPTV)
8. Montenegro: "Moj Svijet" — performed by Sergej Ćetković (RTCG)
13. Poland: "My Słowianie - We Are Slavic" — performed by Donatan & Cleo (TVP)
10. Greece: "Rise Up" — performed by Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd (NERIT)
11. Austria: "Rise Like A Phoenix" — performed by Conchita Wurst (ORF)
12. Germany: "Rise Up" — performed by Freaky Fortune feat. RiskyKidd (NDR)
13. Sweden: "Undo" — performed by Sanna Nielsen (SVT)
14. France: " Moustache " — performed by TWIN TWIN (France3)
15. Russia: "Shine" — performed by Tolmachevy Sisters (RTR)
16. Italy: " La Mia Città" — performed by Emma (RAI)
17. Slovenia: "Round And Round" — performed by Tinkara Kovač (RTVSLO)
18. Finland: "Something Better" — performed by Softengine (YLE)
19. Spain: "Dancing in the Rain" — performed by Ruth Lorenzo (TVE)
20. Switzerland: "Hunter Of Stars" — performed by Sebalter (SSR SRG)
21. Hungary: "Running" — performed by András Kállay-Saunders (MTV)
22. Malta: "Coming Home" — performed by Firelight (PBS)
23. Denmark: " Cliche Love Song" — performed by Basim (DR)
24. The Netherlands: "Calm After The Storm" — performed by The Common Linnets (AVROTROS)
25. San Marino: "Maybe (Forse)" — performed by Valentina Monetta (SMRTV)
26. United Kingdom: "Children of the Universe" — performed by Molly (BBC)
The 20 successful semi-finalists were joined in the final by Denmark – who automatically qualified, having won in 2013 — and the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — who, as the countries responsible for funding the event, automatically have a place in the final.
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 trophy
Eurovision Song Contest 2014 trophy
The ESC is organised annually by the EBU — European Broadcasting Union — a membership organisation made up of state television companies from within the EBU’s broadcasting zone. Eligibility to join the EBU — and, hence, be able to compete in the contest — is contingent on a country’s state broadcaster being within this zone; rather than being a member of the European Union. A country can choose to be an Active Member or an Associate Member of the EBU but only Active Members can compete.
Voting was made up of a 50/50 percent split between the viewing public and selected national juries for all 37 countries.
This year’s host nation, Denmark, won the contest in 2013, with Emmelie De Forest’s “Only Teardrops”. De Forrest performed her winning entry again this year during the interval, when Europe was voting.
Queen of Eurovision
The last time a drag queen won Eurovision was in 1998, when Dana International won for Israel. and, on this occasion, Israel gave its douze points (the top, 12 points) to Austria.
Dana International
Dana International
In 2007, the drag queen Verka Serduchka came second for the Ukraine.
Marring the evening somewhat was the audience response every time top points were given to Russia: many within the 11,000-strong attendees in the B&W Hallerne, booed loudly.
However, it was clearly Conchita's night. Although the final outcome became neck and neck early on in the counting, the eventual result was between Austria, The Netherlands (The Common Linnets: "Calm After The Storm") and Sweden (Sanna Nielsen: "Undo") for much of the time.
The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will now be held somewhere in Austria.
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