Loreen's confetti-strewn performance, watched by 100m TV viewers, earned a euphoric reception in Baku [Reuters]
BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Sweden's Loreen has won the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan, claiming a title first won for her country by pop legends Abba.
In a barefoot performance of her song "Euphoria", the 28-year-old delighted the over 100 million viewers and the contest's professional judges at Saturday's final in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital.
"Wow, I have so many things I want to say to all of you - all of you out there, you people here that believed in me. This is not only about me, this is about us, really, and I'm thankful, thankful to you guys", Loreen said in a news conference following the performance of her emotional song.
Loreen's act included a stage prop of confetti, meant to symbolise falling snow - something that caused the Swedish singer difficulty during rehearsal.
"The trouble I had yesterday was that I swallowed my snow and I - the snowflakes - I got one in my throat. And stuff like that happens, you know, when it's live and so, but it didn't make me nervous at all." Loreen said.
Her victory marks the fifth time Sweden wins the competition.
Saturday's final was staged in Baku's new Crystal Hall concert venue built at a cost $134 million in just eight months to host the contest.