SWEDEN WINS 2015 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST24 May 2015 at 02:44 CEST
What an evening it has been!! 27 wonderful acts sang their hearts out on stage, competing for the ultimate prize; the title of winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
However, there could be just one winner and that was Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden who stormed to victory with 365 points.
In second place was Polina Gagarina from Russia with A Million Voices and scored 303 points. In third place was Il Volo from Italy with Grande Amore and scored 292 points.Gallery: Swedish winner Måns Zelmerlöw on stage at end of show Gallery: Måns Zelmerlöw celebrates his win on stage Gallery: Måns Zelmerlöw - Winner from Sweden of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest
This is how Europe decided
The final outcome was decided by a 50:50 split between professional juries and televoting from all 40 participants. The jury votes were decided during the Jury Final last night and the televotes decided during tonight's show. The 27 finalists were made up of 20 qualifiers from the first and second Semi-Finals held on the 19th and 21st of May and seven automatic qualifiers including the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), host country Austria and Australia.Gallery: The show
Vienna's message to the world - "Building Bridges"
Austria and the city of Vienna have proven to be worthy hosts of Europe's favourite TV show with a wonderful evening of entertainment put on by host broadcaster ORF. The show was opened with a spectacular Magic Bridge, with artists welcomed to the stage by none other than last year's winner Conchita performing the official Building Bridges song.
Tonight, we enjoyed not one, but two interval performances, starting with a spectacular and multi-nuanced show penned by star percussionist, Martin Grubinger! This was followed by Conchita performing tracks from her new album.
The broadcast was hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer who were eager to welcome the millions of viewers to Vienna for tonight's show!