Sweden has won Eurovision, after an at times neck-and-neck and controversial battle with Russia.
Mans Zelmerlow's winning song is called Heroes, and in accepting the prize he said âwe are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe inâ.
Eurovision has a massive gay following, and boos from
members of the crowd directed at Russia over its homophobia and transphobia were
dealt with by 'anti-booing technology', as the broadcast aired from Vienna.
There are also reports a performance by last yearâs winner, bearded lady Conchita Wurst, was censored by Russian TV. Wurst went on to interview the Russian contestant.
Zelmerlow, has himself been controversial over he comments he has made in the past, saying gay sex is ânot naturalâ.
In an appearance on a celebrity cookery programme, he claimed it âisnât equally natural for men to want to sleep with one anotherâ before adding âthere isnât anything wrong with it at allâ.
Zelmerlow later apologised and said âI believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love.â
The 28-year-old pop singer and TV presenter has since told the UKâs Gay Times he has been a friend and supporter of the lgbt community for all of his career, taking part in a lot of Pride events and charity galas.
â[On the programme in question] I used some stupid words, and I was going for a word to describe homosexuality that meant ânot as commonâ but instead I chose a word that had a negative ring to it, which was: ânaturalâ.
âBut I think that homosexuality is just as natural as heterosexuality, and Iâve been wanting to apologise at every given opportunity over the last year, and I will continue to apologise because I am extremely not homophobic.âAustralia was allowed a special entry to compete in Eurovision for the first time. Its entrant, Guy Sebastian, finished fifth.