Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Greece after performer Helena Paparizou won first place in the 50th anniversary contest. Latvia’s young male duo Valters un Kaža (Valters Frīdenbergs and Kārlis Būmeisters) managed a respectable showing, placing fifth overall.
The annual contest, which showcases popular songwriting and performances from across Europe, was held this year in Kiev, Ukraine.
A total of 24 countries were represented in the May 21 finals, but voting took place in a total of 39 nations, including Turkey and Israel. Greece earned 230 points, followed by Malta with 192, Romania with 158, Israel with 154 and Latvia with 153.
Valters un Kaža performed the song “The War Is Not Over,” penned by Mārtiņš Freimanis, lead singer of the group Tumsa. As country-by-country results were announced from Kiev, Latvia at one point even found itself in first place.
Paparizou, born to Greek parents, grew up in Sweden. She previously represented Greece in the 2001 song contest as a member of the group Antique, which won third place that year.
Latvia’s Marija Naumova won the contest in 2002, which led to Rīga hosting the competition in 2003.
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