Norway won the Eurovision finals on Saturday evening, which means the next Eurovision contest will take place in Oslo. Fairytales, Alexander Rybak's tune, is officially the most popular song ever to compete in Eurovision, having raised a score of 387 points. The second place went to Yohanna (Iceland) and AySel&Arash (Azerbaijan) came third. Romania's contestant, Elena Gheorghe, finished the competition on the 19th place.
Here are several 2009 Eurovision facts:
- the betting agencies were indicating Norwegian singer and violinist Alexander Rybak as favourite before the finals started last night, and the results confirmed it;
- this is the third time Norway wins the Eurovision;
- 2nd place – Iceland
- 3rd place – Azerbaijan
- the contest finals was broadcast by 42 European TV channels;
- the national jury for the Eurovision finals included Corina Despot (lyrics writer), Andrei Tudor (composer), Andrei Kerestely (composer), Mihai Alexandru (composer and jury president);
- the organisers stated that the Moscow Eurovision finals show was watched by approximately 100 million people, on TV;
- www.eurovision.tv broadcast the show in full;
- the show was opened by the Cirque du Soleil artists;
- The renowned British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber played the piano for Great Britain’s representative, Jade Ewen;
- Germany went on the stage with Dita von Teese, a cabaret artist, who used to be married with rock star Marilyn Manson. She declared that she has never heard about Eurovision before she was invited to take part in the competition;
- Romania’s representative, Elena Gheorghe, was passed with 101 by the Romanian Stanleybet betting agencies, in the run for the 1st place, while Gamebookers offered her an 81 chance;
- Elena had he debut the age of 3 years, on the folkloric stage; her mother accompanied her into singing Sus in deal in poienita (Up on the hill, in the meadow).