Almost everyone on the other side of the pond knows about Eurovision, yet here in the states, not too many people know (or understand) one of the longest-running and most-watched programs – outside of a sporting match – in the world. “Audience figures having been quoted in recent years as anything between 100 million and 600 million internationally.”

It’s a the largest European party with a great sense of nationalistic pride and bragging rights. Each country goes through about a year of their own elimination process to send their very best representative to perform one song in front of millions of people. From there, each country awards a set of points from 1 to 8, then 10 and finally 12 to other songs in the competition, with the favourite song being awarded 12 points. At the end, each voting country has a representative read off their votes for the other countries, and this usually generates enormous responses from the viewers. (In this case, anytime Sweden got 10 or 12 the entire place erupted with cheers.)

This year Loreen, from Sweden, crushed all the other countries and won this year’s Eurovision with her song Euphoria. She did this by racking up 372 points, the 2nd highest ever. Only Norway has won with the highest total of 387, in 2009.

Congrats to Loreen and to all the participants! Here’s some of the Nordic Representation as well as the wonderful 2nd-place Russian ladies (you will love them!)

Sweden – Loreen – Euphoria

Denmark – Soluna Samay – Should’ve Known Better

Iceland – Greta Salóme & Jónsi – Never Forget

Norway – Tooji – Stay

While Finland didn’t perform, they did show a strong presence!

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