MALMO, Sweden — Denmark’s Emmelie de Forest has won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with her ethno-inspired flute and drum tune “Only Teardrops.”
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 productions.