eurovision song contest loreen 2012 gi Eurovision Song Contest 2012: Sweden's Loreen wins with 'Euphoria'Loreen, a 28-year-old Swede of Moroccan-Berber descent, won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with her dance song “Euphoria,” beating out a sextet of dancing Russian grannies to take the title on Sunday (May 27) in Azerbaijan.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without you,” said Loreen, thanking her fans after her victory. “Thank you so much.”

The Russians did come in second with their folksy “Party for Everybody,” while Zeljko Joksimovic, from Serbia, was a distant third with his ballad, “Nije Ljubav Stvar.”

The annual competition has been in place for 57 years, reports USA Today, and is watched by more than 125 million fans worldwide.

Sweden’s most famous band, Abba, won the contest in 1974 with their hit-in-the-making, “Waterloo.”

Below, Loreen’s performance in the semi-final round:

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