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The Hump limps home second from last in Eurovision

The United Kingdom has paid the price for opening the show at the Eurovision Song Contest, with Englebert Humperdinck coming second-from-last in the voting.

Englebert HumperdinckEnglebert Humperdinck

Favourites Sweden won the annual competition, with Loreen's Euphoria picking up 372 points - way ahead of Russia's Buranovskiye Babushki on 259 points in second.

Irish entry Jedward failed to make a splash (despite having a fountain on stage), notching up just 46 points and finishing well down the rankings.

And only Norway's entry polled less than The Hump from the 42 nations who took part in this year's Eurovision.

But it was Loreen's shiny trance-pop track Euphoria which stole the night, taking an early lead and gradually pulling away from Russia's novelty entry Party For Everybody as the votes piled in.

Serbia's Željko Joksimović was a solid third with the classy and restrained song Nije Ljubav.

There had been speculation before the contest that going first could damage 76-year-old Humperdinck's chances, but his song Love Will Set You Free was considered to be strong and his worldwide popularity an asset - so his poor showing in the voting was a bitter disappointment to many fans.