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Video: Eurovision Song Contest 2013

Sweden were the hosts for the latest edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, with Denmark claiming the title. The outfits worn are a big part of the night, so watch the winning video and a selection of the performances from the night below.

<b>Denmark: Emmelie de Forest performing 'Only Teardrops'</b>
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20-year-old Emmelie de Forest started singing professionally aged just 14. She has toured the whole of Denmark with Scottish musician Fraser Neill performing their own songs as well as folk/blues versions of Nirvana and Johnny Cash. "I have always preferred singing without wearing high heels or shoes. Being barefoot makes me feel closer to the ground, the earth and makes me feel more relaxed," Emmelie says.

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