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Denmark have stormed to victory in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest – while the UK’s Bonnie Tyler finished in 19th place.

The Danish entry, Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest, scored 281 points to take the title, having been the hottest favourite to win in contest history.

And despite some of the most closely-fought voting for several years, the song ultimately triumphed over Azerbaijan’s Farid Mammadov, who finished second with his song Hold Me, and third placed Ukrainian singer Zlata Ognevich whose ballad Gravity came third.

Norway’s Margaret Berger, singing the electro-pop song I Feed You My Love and Russia’s contender Dina Garipova, who performed the ballad What If, finished fourth and fifth.

The top ten was completed by Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and Hungary.

Meanwhile, Bonnie Tyler’s UK entry Believe In Me did not sink to the depths of some previous UK entries – and fared better than Engelbert Humperdinck in 2012 – but never troubled the main contenders either.

The song, which was performed 15th on the night, finished in 19th place with 23 points – an improvement on 2012 which saw the UK finish second to last.

In doing so Bonnie scored better than seven other countries including Germany – whose act, former chart-toppers Cascada, had been among the favourites to win – as well as Estonia, Lithuania, France, Finland and Spain.

However there was no luck for the Irish on Saturday night as their singer, Ryan Dolan, finished bottom of the heap with just five points for his song Only Love Survives.

This year’s contest took place in Malmo, Sweden – with next year’s likely to be in Copenhagen, just 20 minutes away from the Swedish city.