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Russia crowned Eurovision winners

Russia celebrates winning the Eurovision Song Contest

Russia have won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time ever with their entry Believe.

The song was performed by Russian pop star Bilan, who won with a massive 272 points, beating nearest rivals Ukraine and Greece.

But there was bad news for UK entry Andy Abraham who finished in last place with just 14 points.

The results have led to criticism that some countries always vote for each other because they are friendly.

Russia's Dima Bilan performs after winning Eurovision Song Contest
Russia's Dima Bilan
Sir Terry Wogan, who hosts the BBC's Eurovision TV programme, said the competition was "no longer a music contest".

He said: "Russia were going to be the political winners from the beginning.

"I think it's tremendously disappointing from the point of view of the United Kingdom."

Andy Abraham
Andy Abraham

Russia received the maximum 12 points from former Soviet states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia, as well as Israel.

Former X Factor star Andy received six points from San Marino - who were taking part for the first time - and eight from Ireland.

Germany and Poland also received 14 points each, but they officially finished above the UK because their top scores in a single round were higher.