[ View the story "Eurovision 2014: How it happened" on Storify] Eurovision 2014: How it happened This is euronews' in-depth coverage of Eurovision 2014, held this year in Copenhagen, Denmark
euronews· Sat, May 10 2014 18:18:15
Summary * Austria wins Eurovision 2014, first time since 1966. * Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst triumphs with Rise Like a Phoenix * The Netherlands second, Sweden third. * Scroll down for latest updates * All times in CET 19h00 Hello. Sitting comfortably? It's that time of year again! It's time to drop your musical snobbery, open your mind and enjoy some full-on, Euro-pop loveliness. 19h10 So let's get things underway with this rather handy video of both semi-finals, held earlier this week.
Eurovision 2014: All 16 songs (1st Semi-Final)eurovisionhouse
Eurovision 2014: All 15 songs (2nd Semi-Final)eurovisionhouse
19h17 And, now, to complete our Euro-pop line-up, here are the entries for automatically-qualifying finalists from UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
United Kingdom: Molly Smitten-Downes 'Children of the Universe' - Eurovision 2014 - BBC Onebbc
Twin Twin - Moustache (France) 2014 Eurovision Song Contesteurovision
Elaiza - Is It Right (Germany) 2014 Eurovision Song Contesteurovision
Ruth Lorenzo "Dancing In The Rain" (Official Eurovision 2014 - Spain) Official Videorostermusic
Emma Marrone - La Mia Città (Italy) 2014 Eurovision Song Contesteurovision
19h32 I cannot imagine for one moment that the pure excitement and tension of Eurovision is not enough for everybody. But, in the unlikely event it's not, you could always add a financial incentive. Not that we advocate betting or anything...
Latest #Eurovision Winner odds: Sweden 2.70, Austria 3.50, Netherlands 4.00, Armenia 9.00, UK 12.00, Hungary 15.00, Ukraine, Denmark 18.00.Unibet
19h40 Lots of pre-final chat has been about Austria's entry, Conchita Wurst with Rise Like a Phoenix:
#Eurovision #conchitawurst #RiseLikeAPhoenixSergO_o666
19h52 Want to know more about the bearded drag queen? Thought so:
WiwiBloggs Interview: Conchita Wurst (London Eurovision Party)wiwibloggs
19h59 I'm sure you'll be wowed by the lyrics on display tonight. If you need to nail any of them for singing in the shower tomorrow, this site has everything you need.
ContestantsBelow you can get acquainted with each Eurovision 2014 entry. Just click on the song's title to read the lyrics and watch the video. Click on the contestant's name for all of our coverage about him or her. Wiwi has also added contestants from 2012, 2011 and 2010.
20h01 If, like me, you only tune into Eurovision for the weird and wonderful, you might enjoy this little compilation from years gone by. Who could forget Hard Rock Hallelujah, Finland's entry in 2006? Me neither.
10 Weirdest Eurovision Song Contest Entries Everamazinglists
20h02 Just under an hour to go, now. Are you doing anything different for Eurovision? Tell using us #EurovisionSongContest2014. The weirder the better! 20h06 Fed up of the political or bloc voting that some claim ruins Eurovision? Well, this scorechart, from the organisers, might interest you, it lets you mark your own scores...
Download your own scorechart for tonight's finalTonight millions of viewers across Europe will be watching the Grand Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, and almost everyone at home will be making their own judgement on the songs.
20h14 If you're of a certain age and from the UK, you'll appreciate this tweet! A famously bad singer from sitcom Only Fools And Horses...
RT if you think Tony Angelino would win the Eurovision Song Contest http://t.co/RpdhWWmqkIOFAH Quotes & Facts
20h21 The UK apparently one of the favourites, according to this tweet. Is this before or after we take into account political voting? ** Coughs ** - nil point!
For those watching Eurovision later, the top 5 favourites are: Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Armenia, United Kingdom.Fact
20h29 Very generous, Charlie
Eurovision is essentially a feature-length Britain's Got Talent special where the cast goes abroad.Charlie Brooker
20h30 Thirty minutes until you can start sneering and laughing at your European neighbours 20h32 Everyone, I mean everyone, watches Eurovision in the UK...
#Eurovision fancy dress party. Andrew's come as Gina Gee. Camilla misread the invitation for 'Eurotunnel' and has come as a train. Awkward.Elizabeth Windsor
20h38 It's 40 years since ABBA won Eurovision. So, for those too young or too cool, here is a reminder:
ABBA Waterloo Eurovision 1974 (High Quality)mozpiano2
20h41 This is Finland's entry, Softengine, spluttering into first gear, backstage....
Getting ready for the Final! #Softengine #eurovision #joinus http://t.co/xXAZ5mUghTSoftengine
20h49 Interesting to see the UK is closing tonight's show. Maybe that's why they are among the favourites? I'm going on the logic that everyone will be too drunk to care but that stage... 20h50 First up though is Ukraine, according to the organisers. A penny for your thoughts, Mr Putin. 20h58 Are you doing anything special for Eurovision? Not as good as the entry for 20h32, surely? Tell us using #EurovisionSongContest2014 21h02 My feed for #EurovisionSongContest2014 is going crazy. I have a feeling a few people out there are ready for a bit of shameless Euro-pop. Only a feeling, mind you. 21h07 We're underway. The artists are coming out for a quick introduction. Well the Austrian entry got a lovely ovation. 21h09 Hear, hear.
A #Eurovision without Ireland is no Eurovision at all. Cries.BriBry
21h10 The UK's entry, Molly Smitten-Downes, is looking decidedly Scandinavian. Is that Britain's cunning plan?
Nog even snel op de foto met Molly Smitten Downes uit het Verenigd Koninkrijk! @songfestival http://t.co/ccam5D4CFlSongfestival
21h13 So we're getting underway with Ukraine: Mariya Yaremchuk with Tick-Tock. Let's hope we're not looking at our watches in a minute's time... 21h15 "My heart is like a clock, you wind it with your love." 21h17 Interesting dancer in a hamster wheel in that last song from Ukraine.
I do hope they feed him. #EurovisionDean Dobbs
21h18 Belarus up now, singing about cheesecake...
Song called Cheesecake! Now they're speaking my language! #EurovisionNigella Lawson
21h21 Azerbaijan, what can you do for us? 21h24 A slow number about starting fires. Probably won't go down well with health and safety. And, to make matters worse, there's an acrobat in the background...
So when does she spontaneously combust? If I see no flames I'm writing to the BBC. #EurovisionMartyn Littlewood
21h26 Iceland rocking things up a little now. It's a song about tolerance. Wish is all well and good if they were not wearing such offensively bright suits...
21h29 Carl Espen, with the fifth song of the night, for Norway. Bit of a slower number... 21h32 Quite a soaring number. And tender. Which is strange, because he looks a little scary at times. But not bad, not bad at all...
Butchers forearms #eurovisionbob mortimer
21h34 Romania's entry is proper, Euro-pop. It's all about miracles, apparently. That's what you might need to win, Romania, I think, on this showing.
shut the fridge what is this Romanian witchcraft? I SWEAR SHE JUST MATERIALISED! #eurovisionpeej
21h35 That's going to come back to bite me, isn't it? 21h39 Armenia now, with You're Not Alone. Singer, 'Aram MP3', could have been in the Mafia, in an earlier life, I think.
Ladies and gentlemen, Edward Scissorhands' less talented brother. #EurovisionDean Dobbs
21h41 Harsh Dean, harsh. 21h43 Montenegro, now. He's clearly not singing in English. Apparently his song translates as 'My World'. There's an all-in-white skater doing some lovely moves behind him. And now he's been joined by two blondes, one on either arm. Quite a powerful number, all in all. 21h45 Quite a lot of interest in this next act, from Poland. Four women, dressed in traditional attire, one of which is making very suggestive movements, shall we say.
#Евровидение #Eurovision #Poland #горячие #славянки #покайфу ❤️Денис Скляр
Here come my Polish girls. I think you're going to love the fact that they can perform AND get housework done. #Poland #EurovisionJuliana Dever
Yeah.. Churn it girl. Churn it. #EurovisionMartyn Littlewood
Poland knows how to win votes. #EurovisionLaura Robson
21h49 Greece next up. Introduced by a cockney rapper, by the sounds of it. And now it's descended into 100% Euro-pop. Come on people, Rise Up.
These are the only three men in Greece with jobs. For about another two hours. #EurovisionElizabeth Windsor
21h53 Now Austria's much-publicised entry - Conchita Wurst with Rise Like A Phoenix
He actually looks really great in that dress. Never thought I would tweet that. #EurovisionLaura Robson
*thinks* I think my favourite party ever would be hanging with Iceland and Austria at the Vauxhall Tavern #eurovisionCaitlin Moran
21h59 Moving onto Germany next. It's a bit of a strange one. What looks like a double bass and an accordian in the background. It's being well-received by French television, anyway.
#eurovision Germanys own Pink.M@ 'King'sland
22h00 We're being told Croatia in 1996, reached the highest ever note in Eurovision. There you go.
Eurovision 1996 - 07 Croatia - Maja Blagdan - Sveta ljubavcafusia
22h04 It's the favourite up now, Sweden. Sanna Nielson with Undo. A blonde Swede. Fancy that. No, she's a very elegant-looking lady, doing a ballad-number: "Undo my sad, undo my pain."
Weather girl rock #eurovisionbob mortimer
22h09 Oh, here's France. And it's quite extraordinary. I WANT TO HAVE A MOUSTACHE.
Ok, this song from #france is great fun. Let's give it some love. #EurovisionJuliana Dever
22h10 Two moustaches are now throbbing at me from the screen behind Twin Twin. 22h12 Twin sisters from Russia, now. They seem to be attached by their hair. And no booing, this time.
OR! Let's root for Russia because big GAY GAY GAY Eurovision would have to come to Russia. #solidaritywithRussiangaysPatrick Ness
Personally I'm voting for Pussy Riot. #Russia #EurovisionLaurie Penny
22h17 Italy's Emma, now, with her all-in-white band. Nice that it was in Italian, too. 22h20 Slovenia's entry opening with a flute. It's Tinkara Kovač with Round And Round. Ooooh and now she's getting a bit angry. Oh, and now she's gone back to the flute. It really is circular.
She's wielding a flute for #Slovenia! It's Tinkara on stage now! #Eurovision #JoinUsEurovision
22h25 Finland with stylish rock outfit and a lead singer that can reach the high notes. Oh, boy. It's no Croatia in 1996 (see 22h00), but not bad for a fella.
If Sherlock, John, Moriarty, Lestrade, and Mycroft formed a band... #EurovisionIrene Adler
Finland knows where it's at. #eurovisionNiki Albon
22h30 Spain and dancing in the rain. It's building up into quite a powerful crescendo!
Stop dancing in Lorraine #EurovisionPhil Lester
22h33 Slick number from the Swiss, with a scary-looking man with a banjo. The singer is all sweetness and light but he's singing that he's the hunter and we're the prey and he's going to eat us. Hmmm, there's more to these guys than meets the eye.
He seems lovely. You go on a date. He's charming, funny, good looking. 'But,' you explain to your friends. 'He's a whistler.' #EurovisionWaterstonesOxfordSt
Good to see all the finalists of "Switzerland's next top creep" together on the one stage.. #EurovisionKevin Bridges
22h37 Hungary's entry with Running. Oh my word, there's some gymnastics by the piano!
This is exactly the kind of thing that is holding the Hungarian economy back. #EurovisionElizabeth Windsor
22h41 Malta's entry is titled Coming Home. I hope that's not a premonition.
This sounds way too like Christian rock for me to enjoy this. Plus he's playing a chopping board. #EurovisionMinx
22h45 Denmark now! No pressure, guys. They are performing Cliche Love Song. They are 100% boy band. But their song's melody is very familiar... 22h49 Netherlands with a duet. It sounds very much like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. This is actually good.
The Netherlands one is good too. Probably not quite Eurovision enough to win. That's a good thing obviously :)Ricky Gervais
#TheNetherlands The June Carter and Johnny Cash of Eurovision http://t.co/TO0J6uNlwSBBC Eurovision
22h52 Penultimate one, now. San Marino, now, UK up last. 22h56 UK entry shown on the back of a London double decker bus. How very original. 22h57 Molly is singing about the Children of the Universe. "We’re children of the universe, don’t you know, yeah dancing on the edge of time." Yeah.
#molly #esc #eurovision #eurovision2014 #copenaghen #unitedkingdomMatteo Bimonte
23h00 One of Poland's cheeky trio are behind the television presenter now, trying to get a bit more coverage! They really want it this year! 23h05 This is bordering on cruel, as we watch all the entries again.
Now for the best bit of eurovision: the political votingBritish Logic
23h13 Meanwhile, in one corner of the US at least, someone is watching, according to our US correspondent.
Following the European Song Contest from Danish Embassy in DC. Everybody excited! #EurovisionUS @euronews http://t.co/KI8HY7eiVoStefan Grobe
23h15 Who is your number one choice? Tweet us at @euronews using #EurovisionSongContest2014 23h18 Meanwhile, back at Eurovision, there's some major filling going on, as we wait for the voting.
This is why Danish comedy is #1 in the world. I’ve been saying it for years. #EurovisionDanny Wallace
23h19 When is the Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen duet? 23h23 This is not the first tweet Euronews has had from this account tonight...
@euronews vote for #Polska #Poland no 9 Let us win this year! #EurovisionSongContest2014 #euronewsAnnaBiernacka-Rygiel
23h30 We're now being taken through the Museum of Eurovision History. Hmmm, interesting. 23h32 UK's entry has just been presented with a cake. She's probably hoping it's not cheesecake, for fear of giving Belarus a boost.
Me puse unas orejas iguales cuando me disfrace de elfo de pequeño. #eurovision http://t.co/jGwNoaF33SJonan
Look back at the most awkward moment of Eurovision 2014 - Molly's reaction to Curly Wurly cake http://t.co/Bll9Ixn1Ev http://t.co/Dkj3WY3E8oDigital Spy
She's literally never seen that cake in her life? #EurovisionMartyn Littlewood
23h37 Here is what Euronews' Twitter followers are thinking for the best act tonight...
@euronews Ukraine to win!! Great song and I loved the hamster wheel! :-)Daniella Burley
@euronews Poland for performance, Switzerland for melody :)Maria Bojčenko
@euronews Switzerland, without a question!Ferran wie Adrià
@euronews Iceland is my favorite band for this eurovisionVitalij Bialkoŭ
@euronews Greece, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland & The Netherlands!!! #JoinUs #EurovisionNickolas Harrison
23h45 Azerbaijan begin the leaderboard by, surprisingly, giving 12 points to Russia. A few boos. 23h46 Greece has given 12 points to Austria. 23h47 Now Poland's turn. They give the maximum 12 points to The Netherlands. What? Not Russia? 23h48 Albania politely thanking everyone for a wonderful show. How sweet. They give douze points to Spain. 23h49 San Marino, now. Maximum points to Azerbaijan. 23h50 Hosts Denmark give 12 points to Sweden. Scandinavian solidarity! 23h51 Montenegro give 12 points to Hungary, putting them ahead overall. 23h52 Romania says the show was a miracle. Ha, ha. They give 10 to Hungary to keep them on top. But they give 12 to Sweden, who are in second. 23h52 Russia now. Some booing from the crowd. It gives 10 to Azerbaijan to return the favour. And full points to Belarus, their neighbours. 23h54 Netherlands give full points to Austria, to move them up to third. 23h55 Malta up now. All 12 to Italy. Wow. France, I should say, are on nil points. 23h56 And now France is up. Ten points for Austria, moving them to the top. And 12 points for Armenia. 23h57 Now the UK. Twelve points to Austria, bolstering their lead. 23h58 Latvia's representative with a very baggy t-shirt. Maximum points to the Netherlands. French television presenters starting to sound disappointed. Still on nil.
Real presenter is just below the camera, stabbed, next to the dead cameraman. #Eurovision http://t.co/y2EUxft9W8Limmy
23h59 Armenia give 10 points to Russia. More booing. Full points to Montenegro, their first maximum. 00h00 Iceland's representative showing off his language skills. Good for you, old chap. Full points to the Netherlands, moving them up to third. 00h01 Macedonia's chap has a great pair of white glasses. Fantastic. But no short-sighted decisions. Full points to Montenegro. 00h02 Sweden, now. More neighbourly kindness? Hmm, 8 points for Denmark, 10 for the Netherlands to move them up to second, and full points for leaders Austria. 00h03 Singing Belarus now. Eight to Ukraine. Ten to Armenia. Full points to Russia. Wow. 00h04 Germany. Experiencing Eurovision mania, apparently. Will they help the French? Ten to neighbours Poland. And 12 points to the Netherlands. Sorry, France. 00h05 So, Austria on top, its singer shown preying for more votes. 00h09 Israel give maximum points to Austria. Building their lead over Armenia. 00h10 Portugal up now. Eight to Sweden. Ten to the Netherlands. Full points to Austria. Everyone loves the beard! 00h11 Norway. Full points to Netherlands. France has shot up to one point. 00h12 And Estonia. Russia? Nope, the Netherlands, full points! 00h13 Hello Hungary! Ten to Austria, who still lead. A dozen to the Netherlands, who are right on their tails. 00h14 Moldova gives full points to Romania. As you were at the top. 00h15 Ireland, now. Eight points to UK. Neighbourly love. Ten to the Netherlands. Full points to Austria. 21 ahead. 00h16 Finland! They are coming thick and fast. The presenters are rather mocking Finland's representative's street look. Full points to Austria! 00h17 Lithuania, next. Man gets out razor to give points to Austria. But 12 to the Netherlands. France still last. 00h18 Superb! Austria's female correspondent comes on screen with a beard and moustache! 12 points to Romania. 00h19 Spain giving us some suspense. Get on with it! Ten to Sweden. Full points to Austria! Who still lead. 00h20 Belgium. Will they help France? No, eight to the Netherlands. Ten to Sweden. And full points to Austria, who lead by 22. 00h21 Italy. Maximum points to Austria! 00h22 Ukraine up, now. Full points to Sweden. Austria, who have not won since 1966, still lead. 00h23 AND AUSTRIA HAVE WON!! 00h24 No-one can catch the bearded one. A great sign of tolerance in Europe? 00h25 Swiss and Georgia giving out their results, but, do we still care? 00h26 Georgia give eight points to Russia and full points to Armenia. 00h27 Slovenia finish things off by giving Austria another 12 points. 00h28 So, final table, Austria win, France are last. 00h29 The beard is now soaking up the tears, as Austria's winner makes it onto the stage to receive the trophy. 00h30 "This is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom", says winner Conchita Wurst. 00h35 So, who said we'd reached peak beard? 00h36 Now for some reaction...
#Eurovision winner is @ConchitaWurst of #Austria! Wonder if Russia will televise it? http://t.co/uRNHvyvpQVJuliana Dever
Britain, do not despair. Remember, your Queen loves you, even if Europeans do not. #EurovisionElizabeth Windsor
beards came first, moustaches came last. what a night! #eurovisionpeej
YES!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SONG! WHAT A WOMAN! WHAT A BEARD! #EUROVISIONHazel Hayes
Just a song contest, I know, but the world feels a little kinder & more civilised at the end of this one (+it was the best song) #eurovisionPete Paphides
That's it now. I suppose they'll all have beards next year. #eurovisionirishmammies
00h51 That's all from us. Thanks for reading, we hope you enjoyed it.