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Nike Soccer Cleats mercurial superfly fg russia’s Polina Gagarina came in second place on 303 points and sang A Million Voices, a paean to peace that she had hoped would silence the boos that Russia’s entry got last year after the annexation of Crimea.
Italian pop opera trio Il Volo finished third on 292, with Belgian Loic Nottet coming in fourth.
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Ireland, which failed to make it into the final, still holds the record for the number of Eurovision victories with seven trophies to its name.
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Politics present despite Building Bridges themeAustrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, resplendent in a sparkly, backless purple outfit, floated onto the stage in Vienna to begin Europe’s annual anything goes pop fest.
This year’s theme was Building Bridges, which many artists interpreted as an appeal for tolerance in performances that included a gay kiss scene by Lithuania.
But geopolitics was present again this year with Armenia’s ballad widely seen as being about 1915 mass killings by Ottoman Turkey, with the chorus “don’t deny,
Turkey was absent from the contest this year and has been since 2012. Ukraine, cash strapped from the conflict with Russian backed rebels in its east, was also absent.
The annual kitsch fest was watched last year by more than 195 million people in 45 countries more viewers than the Super Bowl.
Grannies, turkeys and heavy metal orcsThe riotous affair that is Eurovision, open to the 56 members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and a world away from its civilised black and white beginnings, is about not taking life too seriously.
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The lyrics often make no sense, if they are in any recognised language at all, like Diggi Loo Diggi Ley by golden booted Nike Soccer Cleats Swedish Mormon brothers Herreys in 1984, La La La in 1968 or Lulu’s Boom Bang A Bang in 1969.
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