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Patrick Reilly, 00.36
So we are off to Austria next year. It's been a fun night on the blog. This is The Local signing off. See you next year in Vienna.
Austria'a Conchita Wurst has won the Eurovision Song Contest after a fabulous night in Copenhagen. Sweden's Sanna Nielsen placed a creditable third. Over to you Conchita...
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 10, 2014
Austria have won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest!
Looks like we are off to Austria next year with the bearded lady romping into the lead.
If #eurovision has taught anything tonight, its that I'm keeping my beard and getting a new dress.— Moo Moo (@MooMooDaMonkey) May 10, 2014
Right, we've seen neighbourly voting over the years with the Nordic countries etc voting for each other. This year we've seen something new, the vote of fear, with former Soviet states tripping over themselves to give Russia points. Don't invade us please!
Patrick Reilly, 00.15
So the state of play currently is; 3) Sweden 137 points, 2) Netherlands 159 points, 1) Austria 171 points
If I'm Austrian, am I happy about this kind of recognition at #eurovision? It takes a woman with a beard to bring home the crown?— John Stoll (@johndstoll) May 10, 2014
And just in case you missed it. Here is the Austrian song 'Rise like a phoenix' being sang by the current leader Conchita Wurst
Patrick Reilly, 00.10
Hard-hitting journalism being practised here in Copenhagen. "Conchita, how do you feel?" Watergate doesn't get a look-in round these parts.
Ahem, may I just repeat my message from 23.05; "Going to make a daring switch and opt for Austria followed by Armenia and then the Dutch." Looking good so far!
Patrick Reilly, 00.02
Sweden gives Austria 12 points, meaning the woman with a beard edges ahead of Sanna in the Eurorace.
Patrick Reilly, 00.01
Sweden still in second place and looking good. France on course for the dreaded nul points.
Plenty of boos in the house as Armenia give 10 points to Russia. Calling in favours perhaps?
It's tight at the top with Austria narrowly Sweden with Armenia close behind.
Patrick Reilly, 23.52
Another 12 points to Sweden this time from Romania!
Patrick Reilly, 23.50
Tack Danmark! 12 points from the Danish neighbours rockets Sanna and Sweden into the lead.
Patrick Reilly, 23.49
Rush of Swedes making bookings to San Marino after the tiny country gave Sweden 10 points. Get in there.
Patrick Reilly, 23.48
Sweden yet to score any big points with the early leaders Hungary and Russia tied on 22 points each.
Patrick Reilly, 23.44
Ahead of the Nordic votes here is the definitive proof that the Nordic countries vote for each other ALL the time.
The likely winner in Lego...
Time for a quick fika as we say here in Sweden. Be sure to have the kettle on ahead of the voting results which are imminent. Last year's winner Emmelie de Forest is currently keeping the crowd entertained with a rendition of Only Teardrops and a new track.
Patrick Reilly, 23.31
Bit of symmetry for the Swedes looking for an omen. They won in 1974 with Abba and then ten in 1984 with the Herrey brothers. Okay, they did nothing in 1994 or 2004 but Sanna is in with a fighting chance this year
Patrick Reilly, 23.27
Having heard the Danish song a few more times it is certainly growing on me. Catchy and fun which is what Eurovision is all about. Nobody has retained the Eurovision since Ireland's three-peat of 1992/93/94. The Irish won again in 1996 but has done nada since.
Paul O’Mahony, 23.25
"Five years on, Norway is still basking in the glory of 'Fairytale' by the violin-toting Belarusian Alexander Rybak, a song which stormed to victory with the highest score in Eurovision history. But after trying and failing to repeat Rybak's success with a Kenyan and a Persian Norwegians, this year's entry Carl Espen Thorbjørnsen, a stocky ex-bouncer from Bergen, brings a shift in tack. The worry in Norway is that 'Silent Storm', the song, is too slow and plaintive, and Carl Espen too serious and nervous. It's a far cry from the usual bouncy Europop, but when Carl Espen does it right, it's a hell of a song."
Alex Dunham, The Local Spain 23.15
"Former UK X Factor contestant Ruth Lorenzo will represent her native Spain in this year’s Eurovision song contest. Not only is she a bigger name in Blighty than in her country of birth, Lorenzo’s decision to sing her power-ballad ‘Dancing in the Rain’ almost entirely in English has angered Spain’s proud National Language Academy. Spaniards will undoubtedly tune in to the Copenhagen contest in their droves, but the prospect of an all-Spanish Champions League football final is what's really on people's lips."
"Austrians of nearly every political stripe are strangely united in their support for Conchita Wurst, the drag persona of the talented Tom Neuwirth. As one supporter wrote on her Facebook page: "Put down the glass, put aside the popcorn, cell phone, tablet and glossy magazines - because as of now, cross your fingers, press your thumbs and stroke all your four-leafed clovers."
Tom Bristow, The Local Germany 23.11
"Germany's Eurovision win in 2010 was like the Sommermärchen (summer fairytale) of 2006 which united the nation in a feeling of joy and positivity which can normally only be provided by success in football tournaments. Unfortunately this year’s entry isn't very inspiring and a poll earlier this week showed most Germans hadn’t heard of it."
Angela Giuffrida, The Local Italy 23.09
"Italians might give the impression they couldn’t care less about the Eurovision, but many will still tune in. Music is a huge part of their culture, and if Emma wins, there’ll be partying in the streets.”
Going to make a daring switch and opt for Austria followed by Armenia and then the Dutch. Sweden will go bust if they have to host it again!
Oliver Gee, 23.02
I've changed to Sweden after all that! Now it's Sweden/Austria/Spain for me.
Patrick Reilly, 10.59
So we've heard all 26 songs now with the Brits rounding us off. Ireland had the dreaded last spot in 2013 and tanked in the voting process. The UK will be hoping the going last curse doesn't strike again.
Patrick Reilly, 10.55
Nobody gave San Marino a prayer of making the final. The bookies have them as rank outsiders at 250/1 to go all the way. Not sure how the whole Eurovision circus would fit into tiny San Marino though...
— Carsten Brzeski (@carstenbrzeski) May 10, 2014
Here's Switzerland's Sebalter giving his violin a good go on stage just moments ago.
Patrick Reilly, 22.46
I think we can safely say we won't be back in Denmark next year after the Danes' entry Cliche Love Song. Not fit to lace the boots of last year's superb Only Teardrops.
Patrick Reilly, 22.42
"This song is as contagious as tonsillitis at daycare." What the Swedish commentators make of the Danish entry this year. No love lost there then.
Patrick Reilly, 22.37
For all you Americans tuning in to our live blog you'll be pleased to know there is a US presence at the Eurovision. The Hungarian entrant András Kállay-Saunders grew up in New York and got his break on a Hungarian talent show whilst visiting a family member back home.
Patrick Reilly, 22.35
Bit of a Norwegian flashback with the Swiss entry. Guy with a violin, cheeky smile and a waistcoat. That went all the way five years ago. Can the Swiss do the same this year?
Malcolm Curtis, The Local Switzerland, 22.32
"After numerous disappointments in the Eurovision contest in recent years, the Swiss weren't paying much attention to the semifinals. So fiddler Sebalter's qualification for the final caught people offguard. Suddenly, his compatriots are taking the 28-year-old Ticino lawyer's chances a little more seriously." Blick newspaper summed up the general response: "Unbelievable". Judges will have to look past the Italian-speaking musician's heavily-accented English if he is to reach the top.
Patrick Reilly, 22.29
Spanish entry with singing in the rain with wet hair but, get this, perfect mascara. Bit of controversy in Spain as she is singing in English and not Spanish. Here is a rundown of Spain's greatest Eurovision moments.
Patrick Reilly, 22.25
Decent tune from the Finns but not a patch on their 2006 winner from Lordi. Remember this one everybody.
— Juliana Dever (@CleverDever) May 10, 2014
Patrick Reilly, 10.14
Here are those Russian sisters with some hair-raising antics
My favourite thing about Sweden's entry is that Sanna puts five syllables in the word Undo. #JoinUs— Oliver Gee (@TheUppsalaKoala) May 10, 2014
The French are very patriotic about singing in their native tongue about moustaches. Yes, really. Here they tell The Local France why it is tres importante to sing in French and not English.
Patrick Reilly, 10.07
Plenty of home support in Copenhagen for super Sanna. Local commentators feeling very positive. Have the bookies called it right again as they did last year with the Danes?
Patrick Reilly, 10.04
Everybody quiet. Sweden are up next with the hot favourite Sanna Nielsen. Ssshhh.
Patrick Reilly, 10.00
The Germans round off the first part of the acts. It's a song which apparently most in Germany has never heard of
Patrick Reilly, 9.56
Rave reviews all around for the Austrian entry. The second favourites behind Sweden to go all the way.
Patrick Reilly, 9.53pm
We are back after some minor technical problems. Austria now up with the very unique Conchita Wurst.
Tänk er sex mellanchefer ha gruppsex med lika många teletubbies. Så ser Islands bidrag ut. #esc- Johan Hilton (@JohanHilton) May 10, 2014