If you're even a slight fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, you've probably seen by now the 2009 winner, fresh-faced singer and violinist Alexander Rybak
who won for Norway with the song Fairytale
Ryback was the clear runaway winner of the 54th annual contest, crushing the competition and scoring a record 387 points with his modern folk tune.
Unfortunately the 23-year old managed to drop the coveted Eurovision trophy just minutes after he received it, accidentally shattering the crystal microphone-shaped statue when he put it down on the stage.
However his single Fairytale
is expected to top the charts across Europe following the win...
Finland and Greece were our favourites, although Norway was also in our catchy top five. Here's Waldo's People
from Finland with their entry Lose Control
, which didn't deserve to finish in last place in the final...
The UK managed its best finish in years, with Jade
singing well to finish in 5th place, with the Andrew Lloyd-Webber/Diane Warren-penned ballad It's My Time
. Sweden's multi-octaved singer Malena Enman
didn't set the voting lines alight, with her soaring Opera-pop song La Voix
Here's the song we would have preferred to have seen represent Sweden, the "boy band" trio E.M.D.
with Baby Goodbye
, from Melodifestivalen 2009...
Repeat Melodifestivalen finalist Måns Zelmerlöw
would also have been a good choice for Sweden with Hope & Glory
Here in New Zealand, the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow was broadcast on television for the first time in a few decades, on satellite channel Stratos
and Auckland community station Triangle
. The show screened just 12 hours after the live European broadcast, and encouraged kiwis to vote for their favourite songs from the contest.
The New Zealand "jury" results
1 point for Portugal
(Flor-de-Lis - Todas as ruas do amor
2 points for Albania
(Kejsi Tola - Carry Me in Your Dreams
3 points for Sweden
(Malena Ernman - La Voix
4 points for Turkey
(Hadise - Düm Tek Tek
5 points for Finland
(Waldo's People - Lose Control
6 points for the United Kingdom
(Jade Ewen - It's My Time
7 points for Iceland
(Yohanna - Is It True?
8 points for Azerbaijan
(AySel and Arash - Always
10 points for Germany
(Alex Swings Oscar Sings! - Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
12 (Douze) points for Norway
(Alexander Rybak - Fairytale