Loreen wins Eurovision 2012 for Sweden!

Loreen triumphs for Sweden!

Oh my god! How amazing was it???? I was on the edge of my seat feeling tied up in knots as the scores rolled in. Could it be true? Could Sweden win for the first time since 1999? Could the mysterious, amazing Loreen go all the way?

YES, YES, YES!!!

It was surreal to watch. I was watching the Spanish telecast which had been downloaded from the net and included Spanish Lotto! It didn’t matter….all that mattered was that Loreen triumphed and Sweden was victorious!!!

Today I took a giant Swedish flag to work and draped it over my desk. It caused quite a few double-takes and confused looks. I was happy to explain the reason.

Thank god for Google Translate – I was able to trawl Expressen, Aftonbladet and DN and at least get a sense of the “euphoria” happening in Sweden. In Stockholm, people were on the streets partying all night. I wish I was there. It would have been lovely to be part of it.

There are a million clips of the winning performance, Loreen interviews and of Mr. Melodifestivalen, Christer Björkman being thrown into a swimming pool fully-clothed (he is happier about Loreen’s victory than she is!)

But there’s one reaction that sums it all up and brought a tear to my eye tonight.

The Swedish Royal Guard band performing “Euphoria” in the courtyard of the Royal Palace. What a wonderful way to mark this historic and magnificent achievement for Sweden!

We’re going up, up, up, up, up, up!!!

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