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Last Updated: Sunday May 17 2009 10:18 GMT

UK finishes fifth at Eurovision

Singer Jade Ewen

Jade Ewen sang her way to fifth place in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, behind winners Norway.

Singer and violinist Alexander Rybak, 23, won the contest with a record score of 387 points.

After winning Rybak, who was born in Belarus, told the watching crowd in Moscow: "Thank you very much Russia. It's simply wonderful. Thank you."

Jade's fifth place was the highest UK finish for seven years, and a big improvement on last place in 2008.

Jade Ewen sang her way to fifth place in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, behind winners Norway.

Iceland came second in the vote, followed by Azerbaijan which took the third place.

Alexander Rybak
Norway singer Alexander Rybak

Norway's champion singer Rybak wrote the winning song Fairytale himself, and is a classically trained pianist and violinist.

A brand new voting system was used on Saturday, after criticism that in previous years countries only awarded points to their neighbours or countries they got on with.

This year, in an attempt to reward the best acts, the voting system was changed, with a mix of public votes and musical experts handing out the points.