Eurovision Song Contest was one for the books this year and Loreen ended up making history when she lifted the trophy. The Swedish singer defeated tough competition with her power ballad “Tattoo”, becoming the first woman in history to win Eurovision twice.
Loreen came into the competition as a front-runner and the jury gave her 340 points in the first stage of the voting. She was far ahead of Israel and Italy in the second and third spots, but Eurovision viewers were hoping that the public vote would change it all.
Finland’s Käärijä led the televote with his viral hit “Cha Cha Ca” and received impressive 376 points from the public. This wasn’t enough to get him over the finish line, and Loreen eventually lifted the trophy with a total of 583 points from the jury and the public combined.
The Swedish singer made history as the first woman to win Eurovision twice, having previously won with “Euphoria” in 2012. She admitted that the experience was much different the second time around because she evolved as a person and a musician.
“Now, 11 years later, life has thrown me up and down, left and right. A lot of things have happened during these 11 years. So, coming back, there is this effortless energy. It’s such a soft, motherly energy… I’m much more present now than I was then, and I love it,” she told NME.
The 67th Eurovision Song Contest took place in Liverpool, United Kingdom, and Finland, Israel, Italy, and Norway ended up rounding out the top five.