Sweden’s Loreen clinched the top spot at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit Euphoria, pushing aside competition from a sextet of Russian grannies and a Serbian balladeer.
Juries and television viewers from across Europe awarded Loreen a total of 372 points, handing her an easy win in an event that ended in the early hours Sunday in host country Azerbaijan. Sweden will take over hosting duties next year.
Softly spoken Loreen, a 28-year-old of Moroccan-Berber descent, thanked her fans for their support.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you. Thank you so much,” she said after