Eurovision 2023: Sweden wins the 2023 Eurovision song contest with Tattoo by Loreen – as it happened

Eurovision 2023: Sweden wins the 2023 Eurovision song contest with Tattoo by Loreen – as it happened

Loreen becomes only second person to win contest twice as Sweden claims seventh victory overall

 Updated 8h ago
Loreen receives the trophy.
Loreen receives the trophy. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Josh Halliday

Sweden has won the 67th Eurovision song contest in a helter skelter show that spanned chintzy Europop, anti-war protest and a continent’s support for Ukraine.

The Swedish singer-songwriter Loreen started the night as runaway favourites but faced a late challenge from Finland’s wildly-popular Käärijä, a fan favourite inside the raucous Liverpool Arena.

Her win means Sweden is now level with Ireland’s record seven Eurovision wins and Loreen, 39, becomes only the second performer to win the contest twice, after her anthemic 2012 hit Euphoria. The only other individual artist to win it more than once is Ireland’s Johnny Logan.

The UK’s Mae Muller failed to emulate the success of Sam Ryder’s second-placed Spaceman in Italy last year, finishing 25th, second-from-last, with her entry I Wrote A Song.

And that is a wrap from me too. Thank you so much for reading, and joining in the comments. As ever it has been a blast, and by far my favourite night’s work of the year. Here are the main takeaways:

  • Sweden have won the Eurovision song contest for the seventh time.
  • Loreen became only the second person to win the contest twice, after her song tonight, Tattoo, followed her success with Euphoria in 2012.
  • The UK was hosting the contest in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Tvorchi came in sixth. The UK’s Mae Muller finished 25th, second-from-last.
  • Finland’s Käärijä came second overall with Cha Cha Cha, which had topped the popular vote.
  • Sweden will now host the 2024 contest on the 50th anniversary of Abba’s win with Waterloo.

Have a great rest of your night / day / afternoon. I am sure I will see you again somewhere around the Guardian’s website soon.

Here is the rest of our coverage tonight …

Josh Halliday on the victory for Sweden:

Sweden wins Eurovision song contest in Liverpool with Loreen
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Jack Seale’s review for the Observer:

And from Nadeem Badshah a reminder of why the contest had to be held in Liverpool:

Here is the BBC’s social media sign off from the event. Presumably somebody at SVT has with a very heavy heart just opened up their new eurovision_2024_hosting_budget.xls file.


Thank you to our #Eurovision2023 acts, to our incredible hosts, to Liverpool for welcoming us, to Ukraine for allowing us the honour of hosting and to all of you across the world for joining us ❤️

— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) May 13, 2023

PA media are carrying some words from Loreen after her historic victory – only the second person and the first woman to win the contest twice.

She said: “It feels crazy. This is so surreal, man, I’m happy and I’m thankful, I’m thankful to all you guys out there that voted for me.

“The only thing I feel right now is so much love. Not in my wildest dreams did I think this was going to happen.”

She said sitting and hearing the votes coming in was “so surreal”.

She added: “I’ve lived this performance for six months. It’s been my whole life basically.”

Singer Loreen with the trophy.
Singer Loreen with the trophy. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

LucianEgon points out in the comments that once the results were announced there were “technicians working overtime to get that giant sunbed back on stage” for Loreen’s winning reprise.

Sweden's singer Loreen performs.
Sweden’s singer Loreen performs. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

I should imagine the technicians were especially annoyed, as they must have been halfway through reassembling Finland’s box!

Käärijä of Finland performs his song Cha Cha Cha.
Käärijä of Finland performs his song Cha Cha Cha. Photograph: Vesa Moilanen/Shutterstock

Finland finished second with this, Cha Cha Cha by Käärijä.

Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha
Updated at 00.24 BST

Actually why don’t I just embed the entire YouTube video of the semi-final performance? The little grey cells are working a bit slowly at this time of night.

Loreen, the 2023 Eurovision song contest winner.

In the unlikely event you were following this blog because you couldn’t actually watch the show, rather than “second-screening” along with it, here is a bit of Sweden’s winner.

The winning performance! Congratulations again, Loreen 🇸🇪#Eurovision2023

— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) May 13, 2023

It hasn’t been an entirely popular victory for Sweden down below the line here tonight:

Lohtar said: “As an act of protest I shall Cha Cha Cha with my headphones on (not sure how the neighbours feel about Finland being robbed, or about getting sleep).”

Micktrick said: “Same as last year then. The best song finished second.”

Susanmarykelly said “Okay. I’m listening to it again and still don’t understand why Sweden won.”

I can see why Cha Cha Cha would have been a bolder choice, but sometimes you hoover up the popular vote by being a bit straght down the middle and picking up lots of eights, sevens and sixes even from the countries that haven’t given you a 12.

On the BBC, Mel Giedroyc has just called Loreen “our new Eurovision queen”.

You sure?

The Guardian live blog’s queen of Eurovision 2023, Hannah Waddingham.
The Guardian live blog’s queen of Eurovision 2023, Hannah Waddingham. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

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