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Sweden wins Eurovision

Romania’s Mandinga ranked 12th.

Eurovision 2012 top dog Sweden ranked 1st in the contest’s finals in Azerbaijan capital Baku Saturday night  with the song “Euphoria” performed  by Loreen. This is the fifth time Sweden wins Eurovision since 1974 when ABBA opened the country’s winning series with the hit song “Waterloo”. It was in 1999 that Sweden last won the trophy before their fifth win on Saturday. Russia came 2nd thanks to the Buranovskiye Babushki group of six “grannies”, followed by Serbia, represented by Zeljko Joksimovic.Romania’s band Mandinga only came 12th, behind Republic of Moldova’s Pasha Parfeny. Mandinga’s song “Zaleilah” got 71 points, obtaining the maximum of 12 points from the Republic of Moldova, and 10 points, ranking second in Spain’s options. Italy and Greece gave Romania 6 points each, Israel and Azerbaijan – 5, Ireland, Portugal and Turkey – 4 each. Mediafax quoted Mandinga members as saying the competition proved more difficult than they expected, where they ranked “a honorable 12th”. “We aspired to rank higher, although finishing ahead of France, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus or Iceland, means we haven’t done so bad a job. While the competition was fierce, Mandinga did its best in the 3-minute song,” said Omar, one of the band’s members. “We are sorry for being unable to rank Romania higher in the chart, still (…) we’ve worked very hard and tried our best (…),” singer Elena said.Sweden will therefore host the next Eurovision contest, whose semifinals and final are scheduled for May 14-16, and May 18, 2013 respectively.

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