Sweden stormed to victory at this weekend's Eurovision Song Contest with a club track entitled 'Euphoria', telegraph.co.uk writes.
Contest favourite, 28-year old Loreen, wowed audiences of 100 million at the 57th annual grand prix held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Her infectious song received 'douze points' from many of the 46 voting nations, to claim the win with an astonishing 372 points.
'Euphoria', which is currently number one in five countries, beat the infamous Buranovskiye Babushki - aka the Russian Grannies - with their disco offering: 'Party for Everyone' into second spot. Engelbert Humperdink, representing the UK, finished a disappointing 25th.
Loreen's success means that next year's contest will be held in Stockholm, Sweden's cosmopolitan and beautiful capital city. Naturally, Sweden is associated with that other legendary Eurovision super-group, Abba, thus the show in Stockholm will hold extra special meaning for die-hard Eurovision fans.
Stockholm's popularity has recently been rejuvenated thanks to it's role in the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', prompting many people to sample the city's sights and attractions. Undoubtedly many more will be doing so next spring, perhaps renting a hire car to get the most out of a short break.
While many people dismiss the Eurovision Song Contest for its kitsch and often puerile content, it certainly does provide a positive advertisement for myriad European holiday destinations.
Loreen, meanwhile, was overcome with emotion, telling fans on the night: "I love you so much. Thank you for believing in me. I wouldn't have been able to do it without you," according to bbc.co.uk.
Now, however, all eyes will turn to Sweden as it starts to make the huge preparations for the 58th contest in 2013.
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