May 27 - Sweden celebrates first Eurovision Song Contest triumph since 1999. Paul Chapman reports.
In the Swedish capital, Stockholm, the Eurovision Song Contest victory celebrations went on long into the night. Their big hope, Loreen, gave the country its first Eurovision win since 1999. SOUNDBITE: Eurovision fan Jonas Ekblom, saying (Swedish): "I can't believe it. It can't be true." SOUNDBITE: Eurovision fan Zara Zeidlitz, saying (Swedish): "It's fantastic." Stockholm's Eurovision party organisers were more vocal. SOUNDBITE: Eurovision party organiser Ben Robertson, saying (English): "It's just amazing, euphoric, and every word you could put into a Eurovision sentence now. We're the winners of Eurovision." Loreen, seen here in rehearsal before the big event in Azerbaijan, knocked the judges dead with her entry, "Euphoria". SOUNDBITE: Eurovision Song Contest winner Loreen, saying (English): "Wow, I have so many things I want to say to all of you, all of you out there, you people here that believed in me. This is not only about me, this about us, really and I'm thankful, thankful to you guys, thanks for your support, really." Russia's singing grannies, Buranovskiye Babushki, scooped second place in the 57th edition of the show. Each act now gets half its score from professional judges to avoid the politically and geographically-motived bloc voting of previous years. Paul Chapman, Reuters