STOCKHOLM  - Swedes were euphoric on Sunday after singer Loreen clinched the country's fifth Eurovision crown, beating rivals including a group of Russian grannies in the glitzy annual song contest. Favourite Loreen wowed voters with her catchy techno-pop number "Euphoria", crushing the competition as she notched up the maximum 12 points from judge after judge. Russia's singing grannies had to content themselves with second place but won the hearts of millions, including President Vladimir Putin who on Sunday sent his congratulations and promised to pay a visit to their village soon. Loreen's victory was the fifth for Sweden and followed in the footsteps of its most famous band Abba.

"It's just a question of taste. This year it happened to me," was how Loreen, whose real name is Lorine Zineb Noka Talhaoui, modestly explained her victory with 372 points.