Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

UK make it 17 years without victory as Electro Velvet finish 24th

Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow has been named the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Zelmerlow held off competition from Russia’s Polina Gagarina with his song ‘Heroes’. The singer performed his song in front of thousands at the Wiener Stadthalle tonight (May 23) with an innovative performance incorporating video animation.

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Mans Zelmerlow was the favourite to win throughout the build-up to this year’s contest and received his prize from last year’s winner, Conchita Wurst. In his acceptance speech he said: “I’m so extremely happy. I want to thank everyone for voting for me. We are all heroes. No matter who we are, who we love or what we believe in. We are all heroes.”

Britain’s entry, swing duo Electro Velvet (pictured right), fared less well and finished 24th out of 27 with just 5 points. Their song ‘I’m Still In Love With You’ failed to impress voters and makes it 18 years since Britain last won the competition.

Electro Velvet are Bianca Nicholas and Alex Larke, who was impersonating Mick Jagger in The Rolling Stones tribute band The Rolling Clones prior to joining the duo and entering Eurovision.

Australia were invited to join Eurovision this year to celebrate the competition’s 60th anniversary and finished fifth.