Sweden has been crowned the winner of the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest! After a show-stopping final on 13 May, the results were announced in Liverpool, who hosted the competition on behalf of last year's winning country, Ukraine. The final results came via each country's jury vote, as well as a public vote, and the winning act was Loreen with her song, "Tattoo". The singer was the favourite going into the competition and it turns out she's no stranger to Eurovision victory, having represented the Scandinavian country in 2012 and won with her track, "Euphoria".
Sadly, Mae Muller couldn't quite match Sam Ryder's second place in 2022 and came in 25th position, but she certainly did us proud. A day later, she took to Instagram to express her gratitude for all the support she received, despite the disappointing score. "what an experience ❤️ just wanted to say thank you for all your support over the last few months, it's been overwhelming. last night we didn't get the result we had hoped for but i will remember the energy in that room forever!!! can't wait to see you all again soon, i had a fucking fabulous time," she wrote.
There was also another UK performance that took the internet by storm on the night, too. The Princess of Wales surprised viewers at the opening of the final show by playing the piano alongside last year's winners, Kalush Orchestra.
Eurovision fever certainly took over the UK for the whole week in May. Two spectacular semifinals were aired on the BBC, the first of which saw Rita Ora performing in a cone-bra corset. The Eurovision presenters wowed across the shows as Hannah Waddingham, who flexed her linguistics skills by speaking fluent French, Alesha Dixon, and Graham Norton, along with Ukrainian singer, Julia Sanina, took to the stage. For the final, Norton was joined by comedian Mel Giedroyc in the commentary box, too, who shared some hilarious insights on the acts.
In typical Eurovision style, the show was a mix of wonderfully wacky performances. From Finland's epic dance "Cha Cha Cha" dance moves to Croatia's underwear costumes, it was a night full of colour, fun, and celebration. There's no doubt Loreen was a worthy winner, as she takes the Eurovision back to Sweden next year, which just so happens to be the 50th anniversary of Sweden's ABBA winning the competition with "Waterloo". Dancing Queens, get ready for Eurovision 2024.