Sunday, May 30, 1999 Published at 10:25 GMT 11:25 UK
Sweden in Eurovision heaven
Charlotte Nilsson celebrates with band members
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There's no mistaking similarities between Swede Charlotte Nilsson's winning Eurovision Song Contest entry, Take Me To Your Heaven, and the 70s smash hit Waterloo.
As expected, the night was full of glamour, glitzy costumes and eccentric voting.
The BBC's veteran Eurovision pundit Terry Wogan was left exasperated by partisanship.
Then at the end of the night there was the spectacle of last year's Israeli winner, the transsexual Dana International, taking a tumble on the stage. Maybe it had become all too much.
Nilsson, one of the pre-contest favourites, gained 163 points, edging out Iceland's Selma, who sang All Out Of Luck, in one of the competition's tightest fights.
Bottom of the pops was Spain, with just one point.
Although the show looked slick, packed with enthusiastic presenters, dancers and performers, it has been dogged by controversy.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews were angered by the appearance of Dana International, and the fact that final preparations were scheduled for the Sabbath. Security on the night was tight.
But as she picked up the trophy and feigned a fall under its weight, she lost her balance and toppled over. The singer left the stage looking somewhat embarrassed.
The night ended with a tribute by the presenters to all the people in the Balkans who could not watch.
The contestants joined to sing Hallelujah in a prayer for "peace, love and a prompt end to the suffering".
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