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Sweden’s Loreen tattoos her name on Eurovision history

Liverpool, England, May 13 (EFE).- With “Tattoo,” Sweden’s Loreen wrote her name in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest here Saturday, joining Johnny Logan of Ireland as only the second individual artist to take the top honors on two different occasions.

Sweden, meanwhile, tied Ireland for most country wins with seven, and will host the event in 2024, the 50th anniversary of ABBA’s Eurovision triumph with “Waterloo.”

Loreen prevailed with 583 points, followed by Finland’s Kaarija with “Cha Cha Cha” (526), while Noa Kirel of Israel was third, garnering a total of 362 points from the jury and television viewers for “Unicorn.”

Rounding out the top five were Italy’s Marco Mengoni with Due viti (350 points) and Norwegian singer Alessandra Mele’s “Queen of Kings” (268).

“Heart of Steel” by Torchi of Ukraine – last year’s country winner – finished sixth with 243 points.

With Ukraine unable to host this year’s contest because of the ongoing Russian invasion, the 67th edition of Eurovision was held at Liverpool Arena in the hometown of The Beatles.

One of the early favorites to make the top five because of a warm reception from the jury, “EaEa,” by Spain’s Blanca Paloma, wound up 17th after faring poorly with the television voters.

The gala began with a video of 2022 winners Kalush Orchestra performing their winning entry Stefania, from the Maidan Nezalezhnosti metro station in Kyiv, and film included a 10-second clip of the Princess of Wales performing an instrumental piece on piano in Windsor Castle. EFE jhv/dr

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