May 24, 2015
By Bob Sheppard
The 60th Eurovision Song Contest has been won by Sweden.
“Heroes” sung by Swede Mans Zelmerlow took top prize in the iconic competition with 365 points, beating Russian Contestant Polina Gagarina who had 303 points.
While the contest is billed as above politics, there were boos for Gagarina, apparently for her country’s involvement in Ukraine and for it’s anti-gay stance.
27 finalists battled it out on Saturday in front of an estimated television audience of about 200 million people.
Jurors from 40 countries voted, along with audience members worldwide who cast ballots by phone or app.
It’s the sixth time Sweden has won the Eurovision Song Contest, including in 1974 when supergroup ABBA launched their career with the song “Waterloo.’