Denmark wins Eurovision 2013 in Malmö

Emmelie De Forest from Denmark takes over from Sweden's Loreen as the Eurovision Song Contest champion, capping a spectacle that kept Malmö and the rest of Europe cheering on Saturday night.

Denmark wins Eurovision 2013 in Malmö

Tipped as one of the early favourites, the 20-year-old De Forest didn’t disappoint, with her song, Only Teardrops, raking in the most votes from viewers across Europe.

“This is totally fantastic,” De Forest told Danish television.

“I’m so happy.”

Denmark’s victory was mathematically determined before all the votes had been counted.

Sweden’s entry Robin Stjernberg finished in 14th place.

Viewers and professional juries in 39 countries picked the winner together, with tele-voting and juries each representing 50 percent of the outcome.

The win by Denmark closed out a marathon evening of pop music performances by artists from 26 countries that wowed the crowd on hand in Malmö.

The evening began with an opening number written by Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, along with Swedish DJ and producer Avicii.

While the music ranged from heartfelt ballads to upbeat dance tunes, the evening also featured a number of humourous interludes that showcased Sweden in a self-deprecating manner.

Swedish comic Petra Mede also won plaudits for a stellar performance as Eurovision host, which included a leading role in a sprawling Broadway-esque production that used dancing meatballs, pram-pushing dads, and bikini-clad blondes to poke fun at Swedish stereotypes.

Welsh balladeer Bonnie Tyler was the biggest name to participate in Eurovision this year, but the 61-year-old didn’t pack enough star power to impress viewers or jurors.

Denmark jumped to an early lead in the voting, with Ukraine, Norway, and Azerbaijan also pulling away from the other contenders after half the votes had been counted.

Sweden’s neighbour to the south merely added to the early lead as voting continued, with Denmark eventually amassing 281 points.

The win marks Denmark’s second win at a Sweden-hosted Eurovision, with the Danes emerging victories at the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm.

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Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday.