Denmark wins the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest
May 18 2013 06:42 pm CET

Next year's Eurovision Song Contest will head to Herning, Denmark as the song "Only Teardrops" by Emmelie de Forest scored the most points in this year's event in Malmo, Sweden.

Considered the favorite early on in this months-long process, Denmark survived the first semi-final and defeated 25 opponents in Saturday's final. Denmark finished the evening with 281 points. Denmark last won the ESC in 2000, when Sweden last hosted the Contest.

Azerbaijan's entry "Hold Me" by Farid Mammadov finished second with 234 points followed by Ukraine's "Gravity" by Zlata Ognevich with 214 points. Norway's "I Feed You My Love" by Margaret Berger scored 191 points while Russia rounded out the top five with "What If" by Dina Garipova scoring 174 points.

Surprisingly, Ireland's "Only Love Survives" by Ryan Dolan fell to last place despite being the last song in Saturday's running order. The upbeat, percussion heavy track scored only 5 points after the results from all 39 countries were tabulated.

In a surprising move, Eurovision officially declared a winner before all the results were revealed. Following FYR Macedonia's vote announcement, Denmark had a 48 point lead over Azerbaijan. If the countries had tied, Azerbaijan would have won by virtue of earning more 12-point scores than Denmark. Not that it mattered, the move did diminish the contributions of Cyprus, Croatia, Switzerland and Lithuania – particularly since Lithuania was the only one of the group to reach the Final.

Other countries receiving 12-point honors were Greece, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary, Sweden, and Russia.

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