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61st Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final (Stockholm 2016)

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mans and petra




The 61st Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Ericsson Globe  after Mans Zelmerlöw winning the 60th edition with his song "Heroes". This was the sixth time for Sweden to host the contest, the third in Stockholm and the second at the Ericsson Globe (Previously known as the Globen Arena and venue of the 2000 contest).

Ukraine won the contest with the song "1944" sung by Jamala. This was Ukraine's second victory. The first one was in 2004 with the song Wild Dances sung by Ruslana.


Video of the winning entry "1944" by Jamala (Ukraine)


Sweden made it again and the 61st Eurovision Song Contest was the most spectacular and best produced to date. The show was brilliantly hosted by Petra Mede (who also hosted in 2013) and Måns Zelmerlöw, probably the best host ever, and it was bright and entertaining with lots of gags and musical acts making fun of the ESC itself reminding us at times of things we have seen many a time in the Oscars or the MTV awards ceremonies.

The opening act of the first semi-final was a touching performance of "Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw accompanied by children in a kind of bone and flesh analogical recreation of the memorable digital staging he’d won the contest with the year before. The opening act of the second semi-final was a musical theatre comedy song entitled "Story of ESC”, composed by Matheson Bayley and written by Bayley, Edward af Sillén and Daniel Réhn, and performed by Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.

For the first time in the 61-year-history of the Eurovision Song Contest, a non-contestant Global Superstar, Justin Timberlake, entered the Eurovision stage. Justin Timberlake made world premiere live performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm performing the #1 single, Can’t Stop the Feeling! Funny enough, and although the contest was for the first time ever broadcast live in the USA, Justin’s performance was not seen in his country due to rights restrictions. 

Other interval acts in the final included a sketch called "Love and Peace”, a pastiche of past entries featuring appearances from Lordi and Alexander Rybak, winners of the contest in 2006 and 2009 respectively and a hilarious sketch starring Lynda Woodruff, played by Swedish comedian Sarah Dawn Finer, who basically stole the Eurovision Song Contest thunder impersonating an 'official' spokesperson of the European Broadcasting Union. She brought the house down with her stereotypical impression of a Brit official bogged down with doing fancy sounding things. Zelmerlöw performed "Fire in the Rain" from his latest album “Perfectly Damaged” finishing with his previous year’s winner “Heroes” right before the voting.

See you in Kiev, Ukraine in 2017







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