Eurovision Song Contest Won By Denmark's Emmelie de Forest
The annual Eurovision Song Contest was won by Emmelie de Forest of Denmark, whose folk-inspired ballad “Only Teardrops” trumped the song submissions from the runners up who hailed from Azerbaijan and Ukraine.
"It's fantastic. It's indescribable to win for your country," de Forest told Danish broadcaster DR upon winning. "I think this will be fantastic for me and my career."
De Forest, 20, was a favorite going into the competition, which tends to skew in the favor of the contestants from Nordic countries. Finland won in 2006, Norway in 2009 and 2011’s winning song was written by a Swedish duo. Sweden has been known to be the country that places the most emphasis on the song contest since ABBA’s win in 1974.
While many people stateside might be unfamiliar with the Eurovision Song Contest, it happens to be one of the most-watched TV events in the world. It averages around 120 million viewers, which is more than watches either the Academy Awards or Super Bowl.
Since the Danish de Forest was victorious at the Swedish-hosted 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, Denmark will have the honor of hosting the high-profiled event for the 2014 competition.