Fans praise Sweden for hosting Eurovision contest
STOCKHOLM – Victorious Ukrainian Eurovision Song Contest fans left the Globe arena after a thrilling final in the early hours of Sunday. Many said they were impressed with Stockholm, which hosted the show.
Ukraine’s Jamala struck a surprise gold with her “1944” song featuring lyrics about deportations by the Soviet Union.
Russia came in number three with Australia, which attended the competition for the second time after an invitation from organisers, taking the number two spot.
Bookies had tipped Russia as winner followed by Australia and Ukraine tipped number three.
“What can I say? It was really fantastic and it was amazing and I’m really anxious and really happy now. It was unexpected I would say because we had the second place until the very end of the first part of the points but after the second part, well, we managed to take the first one and it’s really fantastic,” said Andrii Gavryliuk from Lviv in Ukraine.
Many fans praised the show which was hosted by last year’s winner Mans Zelmerlow and comedian Petra Mede.
“The show was great, begin in the stadium, other than watching television was an incredible experience. I’ve always wanted to do that ever since I saw Bucks Fizz win,” said British fan Austin Ruiz.
The organisers expected more than 200 million to tune in – more viewers than the Super Bowl.
And the competition is reaching ever wider outside Europe with this year’s final being live broadcast for the first time in the United States and China. -Reuters