Guy Sebastian, centre, representing Australia waits for the voting to start with his wife Jules during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna.
Guy Sebastian, centre, representing Australia waits for the voting to start with his wife Jules during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna. Kerstin Joensson

And the 2015 Eurovision winner is….

SWEDEN has been crowned the winner of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Singer Man Zelmerlow was the viewer and bookies' favourite going into this morning's grand final for his dance song Heroes.

It is the sixth time Sweden has won the competition.

 

Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
Mans Zelmerlow representing Sweden performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE


"I'm so extremely happy and I want to thank all of your for voting and supporting me," Zelmerlow said.

"We are all heroes not matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in."

Italy, Russia and Sweden quickly emerged as the frontrunners as the vote tally began.

Polina Gagarina representing Russia performs the song A Million Voices during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna.
Polina Gagarina representing Russia performs the song A Million Voices during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna. Kerstin Joensson

There was a sizeable gap between the top three and Belgium and Australia, which rounded out the top five.

But after a tight race between Russia and Sweden, Zelmerlow emerged as the likely winner as the final handful of countries cast their votes.

Loic Nottet (R) representing Belgium performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
Loic Nottet (R) representing Belgium performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. GEORG HOCHMUTH

As the special guest country for the song contest's 60th anniversary, Australia was part of the Eurovision jury and the Australian public was able to vote for the first time.

For those unfamiliar with the Eurovision voting system, the residents of the 40 competing countries are given a window after the televised performances to vote via phone, text or the Eurovision app.

Il Volo representing Italy perform the song'Grande Amore during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna.
Il Volo representing Italy perform the song'Grande Amore during the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Austria's capital Vienna. Kerstin Joensson

To establish a level playing field, residents are not allowed to vote for their country's own representative.

Votes are converted into points, with each country able to award points (maximum of 12) to 10 other countries.

Australia finished in fifth place with a total of 196 points. Host country Austria and Germany were the only two countries to not receive any points.

 

Guy Sebastian does Australia proud at Eurovision

Guy Sebastian representing Australia performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.
Guy Sebastian representing Australia performs during the Grand Final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. GEORG HOCHMUTH

There was a lot of love in Vienna today for Eurovision's special guest, Australia.

Our representative Guy Sebastian put in an energetic performance with his party song Tonight Again.

The catchy tune, which stood out amongst the ballad-heavy field, and Sebastian's efforts helped Australia quickly rise to the top five during the voting tally.

Sweden was the first country to give Australia the maximum 12 points.

SBS newsreader Lee Lin Chin was Australia's voting representative and revealed we have a mutual love for Sweden, giving singer Mans Zelmerlow 12 points.

But our popularity stretched across Europe.

Australia also received 12 points from Austria, 10 points from the UK and Norway and eight points from Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, San Marino, Iceland and Hungary.

Twitter was equally full of praise for Sebastian's grand final performance.



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