Eurovision 2023: Sweden wins for a seventh time, matching the record

Eurovision 2023: Sweden wins for a seventh time, matching the record
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Sweden won this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for the seventh time on Saturday, with their entry Loreen winning her second-ever contest. The country now sits alongside Ireland for the record number of contests won.

The Swedish singer once more won over European hearts in the English city of Liverpool, with her rendition of “Tattoo” winning 583 points in total. "Just now everything feels surreal," Loreen explained at the customary press conference afterwards, “I feel so proud, so proud of all of us."

She has described her song 'Tattoo' as a love song with force and energy. Here is some of the lyrics in the song:

Violins playing and the angels crying

When the stars align then I’ll be there

No I don’t care about them all

‘Cause all I want is to be loved

And all I care about is you

You’re stuck on me like a tattoo

No I don’t care about the pain

I’ll walk through fire and through rain

Just to get closer to you

You’re stuck on me like a tattoo

The victory also made her a two-time winner in the process, having previously won the competition in 2012."It has been a long time since I got so much love," she said to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, referring to her previous win. "I really felt a connection with the public tonight and that means everything to me.”

Loreen's win makes her only the second-ever artist to achieve the feat after Irish singer Johnny Logan. Moreover, Sweden has now won the contest seven times, a tally which has only been equalled by Ireland.

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Alongside Loreen on the podium were Finland and Israel. The Finnish entry came in second place with 526 points, having received the most public votes. Israel meanwhile finished third on 362 points.

Belgium also had a strong showing after few expected Gustaph to even get out of the semi-finals. He returns home with 182 points and placed seventh, Belgium’s best result since 2017.

The United Kingdom, which was hosting the contest on Ukraine's behalf, came in second from the bottom with 24 points. Last year's winner Ukraine had a much better night though and finished in sixth place with 243 points.

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