MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Denmark's Emmelie de Forest has won this year's
Eurovision Song Contest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune "Only
Juries and television viewers across Europe awarded the barefoot de Forest
for the catchy love song that is driven by her deep, Shakira-like voice.
Farid Mammadov of Azerbaijan finished second with the song "Hold Me, ahead of
Ukraine's Zlata Ognevich with "Gravity" in third place. Two semifinals this week
whittled down the contestants from 40 to 26.
The televised extravaganza, with an audience of 125 million worldwide, is now
in its 58th year. Once again without fail, it produced a mix of bubble-gum pop
songs, somber ballads, bagpipes, accordions and bizarrely kitsch musical